The Pleasure Was Mine

The Pleasure Was Mine

by Tommy Hays
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Pleasure Was Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Eloise85 More than 1 year ago
I loved every page of this book. It was moving, interesting, and beautifully written. I've recommended it to all my friends.
JudeFL More than 1 year ago
Tommy Hays combines just the right amount of humor and compassion in this story about a family that is not without its challenges. One can't help but like each of the characters and wish the story wouldn't end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gently treats a melancholy subject, losing a beloved spouse to Alzheimer's. The central character is Prate Marshbanks, a new retiree whose wife has developed the disease and is slowly slipping away from the family who adores her. He has to make that hard decision about placing her in a home as she becomes a threat to herself and others. To complicate matters, his nine-year old vegetarian bookworm grandson arrives for the summer. A trip to visit Prate's son (the boy's father) at his summer location, the Penland School of the Arts, is a blessing but turns into yet another trial to endure. Love and friendship bear Prate through it all. One of the best features of the book is the author's descriptions of places, whether it's the family home in Greenville, a favorite fishing hole, or the Penland campus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fascinating and poignant view of a husbands feelings as his wife slowly disappears in Alzhiemers. I especially liked it that Prate was not a typical 'leading man'.He was a person it would have been easy not to like but thru his development I could accept his very human flaws and did indeed come to like him very much. I thouroughly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have ever lived with anyone who has Alzheimer's disease or dementia, this brings back so many memories...both painful and sweet. It was hard to put down the book until I finished it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really don't understand how this book got such good ratings. Though the author does write very well, the story line couldn't grab my attention. I struggled to finish this book. At 187 pages it should have only taken my a couple of days to read not two weeks.
lbarronnc More than 1 year ago
The Pleasure Was Mine is a beautifully written book. Our book selection committee looked for a "compulsively readable" book that our entire community would want to read. This book was the perfect choice. Tommy Hays has written a story that combines the elements of all our lives - grief, joy, fear, love, and so many other emotions. The reader immediately identifies with the book's characters, many times putting himself or herself into the place of each character, wondering how they themselves would handle such a situation ... and silently hoping they won't ever have to face that decision. We all know a Prate Marshbanks, a man who cherished his wife and cannot believe she is no longer by his side. As he did with Prate's character, Tommy Hays has also depicted the turmoil of Prate's young grandson, Jackson, as Jackson watch's his own young world unravel. The optimism of youth offers hope for all these characters. Want a great book for a book club? This is it. Everyone will want to be part of the discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago