Love You, Mean It: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Friendship

Love You, Mean It: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Friendship

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Overview

From the beginning, their friendship was a source of true strength, sustaining them through times of extraordinary heartbreak as they began to find their way forward.

Pattie Carrington, Julia Collins, Claudia Gerbasi, and Ann Haynes first met in July of 2002, drawn together by the unthinkable-ten months previously their beloved husbands had been killed in the World Trade Center. These four thirty-something women soon discovered they had much more in common than their shared suffering. From that first meeting they formed an unshakable bond, one that was grounded in grief's unbearable intensity and a mutual determination to find ways to go on with their lives.

Taking their inspiration from their husbands-men who had all chosen to "live life to the fullest"-Pattie, Julia, Claudia, and Ann felt that their friendship was meant to be. They began calling themselves the Widows Club, signing off emails and phone conversations with a lighthearted phrase: Love you, mean it. "Feeling this love for one another meant our hearts were beginning to open again. It was a risk-love brought with it the ever-present possibility of loss. But this was a risk worth taking. More than ever, we understood how important it was to put love at the center of our lives."

In this shared memoir of loss and rebuilt lives, the four authors recount the experiences of the coming years, during which time they support and encourage one another toward brave new futures. Love You, Mean It is a book that will both console and inspire with its true story of friendship, empathy, and emerging hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401309084
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Claudia Gerbasi grew up in Manhasset, NY in the neighboring town to her future husband, Bart Ruggiere. She has lived in NYC since 1992. Claudia and Bart were married in March of 2000. Claudia is currently a sales director for Cole Haan and lives with her current husband, John Donovan, in downtown Manhattan. Her passions include travel, scuba, yoga, reading, being with friends and family, and doing the Sunday Times crossword. Julia Collins is from Chattanooga, TN where she grew up one of five children. She moved to NYC in the spring of 1997, where she met and later married Tom Collins in 2000. She is currently employed with the National Football League in their consumer products division and resides on the upper east side of Manhattan. A former college cheerleader, her past-times include fitness boxing, running, playing golf, water skiing and travel. Ann Haynes grew up in Watertown, NY. After college, she moved to New York City and began her career in the financial services industry. In 1989, while pregnant with her first child TJ, she moved to the suburb community of Rye, NY. Here she met and later married her husband Ward Haynes in 1994. Three years later they had twins Billy and Elizabeth. Ann recently stopped working in order to devote more time to her three children. Pattie Carrington grew up in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. She moved to NYC after graduating college and married her Englishman husband, Jeremy "Caz" Carrington in September 2000. Today, she lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York with her dog Lola. Pattie is the Director of Closed-end Funds at Deutsche Asset Management and spends weekends at her beach-house on Long Island.

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Love You, Mean It: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Friendship 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read in one sitting. Or skimmed rather.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I sat down and read a book - with 2 kids, full time job and the weekend filled with dance, soccer & baseball - I never thought I would be able to read it. Well-once I started the book, I could not put it down. I carried it everywhere and read it whenever I had a chance. I cried and laugh throughout the book. It really makes you stop, think and be greatful for what you have. These ladies found strength in each other and that got them through a very difficult time. It also made me very thankful for my husband. I hope they write a Part 2.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that it's a great and emotional book. It makes you think differently about your partner. I borrowed it from the library, but I'm going to buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN IT WAS SO TOUCHING AND DETAILED I FELT LIKE I HAD GAINED 5 NEW FRIENDS ANDFELT THEIR JOYS AND SORROWS WITH THEM. I WAS VERY SAD TO SEE THE BOOK END AND FELT LIKE I WAS LOSING MY FRIENDS. THESE LADIES SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR STRENGTH TO BE ABLE TO TELL ALL OF THEIR PRIVATE INTAMATE DETAILS OF THEIR LIVES WITH THEIR HUSBANDS. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT TO WANT TO JUST REACH OUT AND HUG EACH OF THEM. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE READING THIS BOOK I THINK IT SHOULD BE AN OPRAH BOOK. THANK YOU LADIES SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR STORIES WITH US. LOVE YOU MEAN IT LISA
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my best friends gave me this book for my birthday. We spent Tuesday September 11, 2001 together, from morning until night and beyond. I will never forget that day and the support she gave me. But this book goes beyond 9/11. It shows what amazing gift friendship can play in our lives. I recommend it to all that have that incredible special bond with a girlfiend that we can share anything and to all who 'love it, mean it'. To the WC - Thank you.