Lean on Me

Lean on Me

by Pat Simmons

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Overview

First in an emotional, poignant romantic women's fiction series from acclaimed inspirational romance author Pat Simmons.

No one should have to go it alone...

Tabitha Knicely is overwhelmed with sorrow and exhaustion caring for her beloved great-aunt, whose dementia is getting worse. When her neighbor Marcus Whittington accuses Tabitha of elder neglect, he doesn't realize how his threats to have Aunt Tweet taken away add to Tabitha's pain.

Then Marcus gets to know the exuberant elderly lady and sees up close how hard Tabitha is fighting to keep everything together. Tabitha finds herself leaning on Marcus more and more. And he's becoming more than happy to share her burdens...

What readers are saying:
"The most empowering story line of a family tied together by the power of unconditional love."
"Beautifully written, heart-wrenching romance that rates five shiny stars."
"A powerful read that will tug at your heart."
"The joys and challenges of caregiving... Love comes in all shapes, sizes, and scenarios!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781728212548
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Family Is Forever , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 237,998
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pat Simmons is a multi-published author with more than thirty titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels.
She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance.
Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. She oversaw the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions for fourteen years.
In addition to researching her roots and sewing, she has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.
Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.

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Lean on Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Christianfictionandmore 11 days ago
My second new-to-me author of the new year, and another winner! In Lean on Me Pat Simmons uses the story of Tabitha Knicely's caregiving for her Aunt Tweet who suffers from dementia to demonstrate the blessings and challenges of being a caregiver. Marcus Whittington's role in the story prompts readers to be more aware of the support needed by those in caregiving situations. God places people in our lives who need our time and attention with no strings attached. Simmons tells this story against a backdrop of a love story: Tabitha's love for her aunt, Marcus' and Tabitha's love for one another, and God's gracious love for each of us. She also inserts enough humor into the telling that readers do not become bogged down in the heaviness of Tabitha's responsibilities and sacrifices, and so that they can appreciate the deep emotions that make one willing to bear those things. I am grateful to have received a copy of Lean on Me from Sourcebooks via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
lee2staes 11 days ago
Lean On Me is heartbreaking especially for those that have dealt with a family member suffering with Alzheimers or dementia. It showed the hardships a caregiver experiences and the love and appreciation that they also receive. A true to life portrayal of how a caregiver can experience stress and burnout. I believe everyone probably knows or has heard of someone that has this terrible illness. This novel hits a note with all of us. I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book.
Missy Waldrip 11 days ago
"Lean on Me" is a touching and heartbreaking story of loving a family member suffering through Alzheimer's. Tabitha and her two sisters are taking care of their sweet, funny aunt who was always there for them especially when their own parents died. They learn things about their aunt they never knew. She keeps them on their toes. Tabitha has her for six months before the other sister takes over. She wonders off down the neighborhood and Tabitha is beside herself. She usually uses Sundays to sleep in and her aunt has changed that and is up ready for church. Listening to the preacher is a big help for not only Tabitha, but her sisters and a romance that her aunt brought up with her wandering away! First time to read anything by Pat Simmons and look forward to reading more! Thank you publisher and NetGalley for the eARC
DiiFL 11 days ago
No caregiver should ever have to go it alone...pretty much sums up the most powerful emotional punch in Pat Simmons’s LEAN ON ME. There is also a wonderful growing romance that starts out on a very, VERY bad foot as well as a message to lean on one’s faith, as well as those around us. Being a caregiver under any circumstance is beyond difficult and on the surface, this book does address the toll it takes on everyone involved. As a person who has been the sole caregiver for more than one family member through dementia and/or cancer, I can say that there is a reality disconnect in this tale. I found it interesting that Marcus, a professed Christian and believer in giving second chances, he jumps to the conclusion that the elderly lady who has shown up on his doorstep several times is being abused and acts in the most unchristian-like manner. Tabitha and her sisters had decided to shuttle their aunt between their homes to care for her and clearly had no idea what they were getting into. Money was not the problem, so I am not sure how they thought this would be a good situation for a woman whose memories are failing. That said, it is a pleasant read, and does give a surface-level story of the trials of caregiving and the blessing of faith. Finding love when one least expects it IS a lovely bonus. I was invited to read a complimentary ARC edition by Sourcebooks Casablanca! This is my honest and voluntary review.
Nana--- 11 days ago
This is a story that needs to be told and one that everyone should read. Unless you walk in someone else's shoes you don't know what they are going through. Pat Simmons tells the story of Tabitha who is a pharmaceutical rep who becomes the caregiver of her Aunt Tweet who has Alzheimer's. In the morning while Tabitha was getting ready to go to work, her aunt would disappear and end up at a neighbors house and sit on his porch. Marcus wasn't too happy about that and threated to dial 911 if it didn't stop. She did try but it only took a second and she would be gone. Finally, she said maybe if you walked in my shoes you would understand. That made him think about what she said and he started being kind. At first, Tabitha was leary of his offers but over time she realized he really did want to help. Marcus learned what it was like to try to juggle a job and be a caretaker. Even though she found an adult daycare for her aunt, it didn't leave any time for her. Marcus kept telling Tabitha that he was going to be a caretaker for her like she was to her aunt. She didn't have time to take care of herself so he was going to help her. I thought that was a wonderful thing to do and realized that this was what being a caregiver was like. This was a well-written book that put the spotlight on being a caregiver and all that it involves. I hope everyone reads this book because many will become caretakers and for those of us that aren't, we may step up and offer to help someone who is. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. My honest review is this was a story that needs to be told and needs to be read because there is more and more people that are going to have to step into the role. This gives us an idea of what they are going to go through. Thank you, Pat Simmons, for writing this book.
moonfox1234 12 days ago
I thought that this was an incredibly beautiful and powerfully heartfelt read. I truly believe that this is a book that is really going to connect with many readers. So many of us will see ourselves in Tabitha. From personal experience I know how hard it is to be a caregiver to someone you love. It is such a complex situation, and honestly, I believe that it is just not possible to fully understand this situation until you find yourself smack dab in the middle of it. As if that is not enough to make this a remarkable read, the author also cleverly flips the coin and showcases how things can look from the outside looking in. Almost anyone can relate to making snap judgements, without having all the info. Overall, I felt that this was a really good book that featured a nice romance and dealt with some very meaningful and important subjects. I will say that there were a couple plot points that seemed off the mark and didn't make the most sense to me but for the most part I thought that this book was a very solid read.
AFerri 12 days ago
This is a new-to-me author and I wasn't sure what to expect. Her book was wonderful! It is well written and holds your attention. It's a beautifully written story about caring for an elderly person and how sometimes people judge without knowing all the facts. You feel like you know the people in the story and you have to know what happens next. If you like a realistic emotional read with a sweet romance, you will love this book. I can't wait to read more of her books. Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
lauriesophee 12 days ago
A well depicted portrayal of a loved one with alzheimer's, definite caregiver stress and burnout. I believe everyone knows or has heard of someone that has this dreaded illness. This novel hits a note with all of us. Tabitha and her sisters share the care of their beloved Aunt Tweet, who is in her eighties and has had a wonderful full life. Aunt Tweet tries to remain independent, but finds herself wandering many times, unable to read, unable to cook,, unable to live alone. Her nieces each take her into their homes for six months. This is Tabitha's time. The stress and feelings are real. "Dementia has so many symptoms". Tabitha attempts to adjusts to the daily changes within her aunt, her own exhaustion, her job and now a man who wants to call Adult Protective Services. Is he kidding? Will Tabitha's prayers be answered? Is anyone listening? A wonderful story that I hope will be continued. I enjoyed meeting all the characters and especially Aunt Tweet!
Shelley-S-Reviewer 12 days ago
2.5 Stars 2.5 Stars This book was ok. I didn't find the romance part very romantic, it focused a lot on looks and a little on substance. I also realized very quickly that this is a Christian book and I am an Atheist...so I am obviously NOT the demographic this book is for. The writing wasn't bad just a little repetitive and everything seemed so hunky dory, with the exception of the aunt's illness. I enjoyed learning about Alzheimer's and dementia though and the author obviously did some major research. I had little knowledge of pharmaceutical reps and everything they have to know and learn, so that was a wake up call. The author had the opportunity to give Aunt Tweet depth and dimension, especially at the end, but I got the sense that she was coming to the end of some pre-determined page count and had to wrap up the story quickly and maybe save some for the next installment. It's really too bad, as Ms. Simmons has talent but it still wasn’t enough to make me love this book.
suesue62 12 days ago
This is a sweet story (100% sweet) about family, alz/caregiving, faith, and romance. An honest look at the terrible disease that alz is but, other than that, this book is so sweet. Maybe too sweet? The work place situation with Victor and his family was interesting and the way it was handled was well done. This book was Tabitha's story of her time with Aunt Tweet. At the end of the book, Aunt Tweet moves on to spend the next 6 months with Rachel who may or may not be on the cusp of a developing relationship with Demetrius, Marcus' brother.. and Tabither and Marcus get married (Spoiler alert). I am guessing that the next book will be the story of Rachel and her time with Aunt Tweet. I enjoyed it but never had that "I can't wait to get back to my book" feeling. If you are looking for a feel good, happy, no suspense kind of book, this is it :) 3 1/2 stars.