Blue Hydrangeas

Blue Hydrangeas

by Marianne Sciucco

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Overview

What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn't remember your name?A care facility is everyone's solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can't bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their dreams, and operated it as a Cape Cod bed and breakfast named Blue Hydrangeas. Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, complicated by her progressing Alzheimer's and his own failing heart, he finally admits he can no longer care for her at home. With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But, on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989559201
Publisher: Marianne Sciucco
Publication date: 09/11/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 868,613
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. To avoid poverty, she became a nurse. In 2002, she began writing about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Blue Hydrangeas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*** I guess most people may pass this by because of the subject matter. But if you want a book that has characters that will make you connect to them and feel their emotional journey as they traverse the unrelenting agony of Alzheimer's then do #OneClick this book. Yes it will be a truly emotional read, your heart will break, but you will also smile as Jack reminisces back into the past, and cheer for him as he valiantly tries to keep Sara in her beloved home "Blue Hydrangeas". It took me a while to read this book, but I wanted to read it to see if it would make me understand better the emotional turmoil a couple would be going through. The subject is one I am dealing with at the minute. Jack is my dad, Sara is my mum, and its still very raw for me. The tears are still in my eyes. but while the book was difficult to read, it was not only beautifully written, but a story of True Love, the lasting love of a couple who have been together for years, and want to remain that way. Ms Sciucco has done a fantastic job in both giving a realistic view of the issues everyone in a family faces with this condition, but also showing that there is MORE to the person than the disease. I don't want to give a blow by blow of the book, I don't do spoilers, instead I will say what I gained from reading it. Reading for me is a necessity I can't not read every day, I got my love of reading from my mum and knowing that she is now unable to do this makes me very sad. I hope that my parents will have as much time as possible together as Sara and Jack did. I have gained understanding and that we should treasure the time with our families. And to find joy in the small things, no regrets, no compromises and to regularly talk to my mum. Thanks Ms Sciucco for helping me understand better what my dads going through, and also for the links in the book to more resources, which I will use and pass to my dad, ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.***
Old_Tome More than 1 year ago
Blue Hydrangeas is tender and touching, confronting many of the issues and concerns a spouse must deal with as a primary caregiver. Marianne does a fabulous job describing the unfolding, discovery, and progression of the disease. The writing is poetic, the setting idyllic (my next vacation spot?), and the story both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Blue Hydrangeas is beautifully crafted. The the pacing perfect, the story poignant. It perfectly describes the unfolding, discovery, and progression of the disease along with its myriad challenges and issues, yet leaves the reader with a sense of hope and a belief in the enduring power of love.
WesleyNixon More than 1 year ago
    Blue Hydrangeas: An Alzheimer's Love Story by Marianne Sciucco is a real love story.  Not a true love story, but a real one.        I think love is the subject most written about in all of history.  Listen to the radio - almost all the songs you hear will be about love.  The greatest plays ever written are about love.  Countless movies and books have been written on the subject.  Almost every fairy tale ever told is about love.  It's the thing we most crave.  People need food, water, and shelter to survive.  They need love to live.  That is why it is a universally sought after... thing.  The only problem with the plays, music, books, movies, etc. is that they only seem to catch the first glimpse of love.  Most would call it infatuation, puppy love, or even lust, in most cases.  My favorite appellation for it is twitterpated.  What most people don't realize is that those rushed feelings of deep emotion are only the tip of the iceberg... the door to love, if you will.  Real love starts where most relationships leave off, after that initial rush goes away.  After the first big fight, or the big wedge of different lives trying to mesh together.  After the excitement of finding out everything about the person you are so enthralled with.  That's when true love begins to grow; when you have to work for it.  You have to begin sacrificing, not just superficially, but truly sacrificing because that person is worth way so much more than whatever else is going on in your life.  That is what Blue Hydrangeas is about.Rose has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She's scared of losing everything she's worked her whole life to build -  family, friends, their home - so she makes Jack (her husband) promise that he won't allow her to be put into a home.  Jack vows that he will keep them together no matter what.      As is, sadly, the case in most such instances, everyone wants to intervene on their behalf.  Jack finds that to keep his vow, he has to battle his confused wife and her constantly failing state of mind, his own children, doctors, nurses, and case workers.  Everyone seems to "know" what is best for the old couple.  They are all kind people, and are trying to do what is best for the couple, but Jack can't bear to be away from his one true love.      With his failing heart, he finally gives in to the pressure of all of those around him, but when the day comes for him to take his dear Sara to the care facility, she has a lucid day.  He can't bear to break his promise to her while she's aware of what he's doing.  Instead, he decides to take her around the cape, where they live, and try to rekindle memories, and their life-long love.      This story is warming to the heart, and though it's not the twitterpated kind of love you see so prevalent in the world today, it's a story of true love.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco is a beautiful romantic tear-jerker. It tore at my heart but also made me smile. Sara and Jack have had a wonderful life together and are enjoying their retirement dreams; they live in a home in Cape Cod that they turned into a lovely bed and breakfast inn. Sadly, Sara is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and it slowly takes pieces of herself. Jack and Sara love each other deeply and vow to stay together, no matter what. Alzheimer’s takes its toll on both of them, however, becoming worse year after year and day after day. Sara becomes less and less capable of doing everyday chores. Jack is forced to take on more and more responsibilities. When Sara falls and ends up in the hospital and Jack’s heart gets weaker, it becomes obvious that it is time to put Sara in an assisted living facility. The idea of not waking up beside Sara every morning is more than Jack can handle, so instead of dropping her off at the facility they go on a short adventure. It doesn't go well and Jack realizes he can’t go back to his past and he can’t change his future.  Blue Hydrangeas is a well written and not to be missed book. It is a fairy tale romance without the typical storybook happily ever after ending. Marianne Sciucco has written a charming love story dealing with real life happiness and real life tragedy. Sara and Jack could be the story of my grandparents, the story of my parents and my own future reality. I felt their pain and shared in their joys. Marianne Sciucco will find Blue Hydrangeas on the best seller list for many weeks. I absolutely loved this book and give it a ten star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasca heartwarming story of family, aging and true love. I read the book in one day. I was eager to hear more of the story. I am looking forward to a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Blue Hydrangeas" is a tender love story, describing the plight of an older couple grappling with aging and its foibles. The wife in this novel has descended into the rabbit hole of dementia and her husband is doing his very best to honor his commitment to stand by her side, at any cost, to the point of near disaster. If you’ve ever had a loved one with dementia, you’ll find this poignant story rings quite true to the challenges, heartbreak and turbulent emotions that often go hand-in-hand with this devastating disease.