The Last Time I Saw You
**Not a Review - the Dew isn't reviewing this book, but thought I would pass it along to the readers, as it might be right up someone's interest alley!**
Eleanor Moran - THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU (Quercus; April 22)
Kristin Bair O'Keeffe
Berkley Trade Paperback
April 1, 2014
This is a novel that starts out very down to earth and interesting. It remains interesting, but it takes a slight turn down fantasy lane with some of the actions of Sia. The chapters range from the normal 2-1/2 page chapter to a chapter that is no more than a few sentences or even a simple list. The story has a solid base to it - her husband suddenly disappears, then one year later a stunningly handsome man appears on the beach, looking as if he's walked across the bottom of the ocean for a while.
So a hunt begins for the man's family and home. Little bits of humor, angst, mystery and fantasy combine in this book. It's different, but if you go into the story with an open mind, it's a very enjoyable read.
it takes something truly unusual to put your life into focus.
When her beloved husband Jackson disappeared without a trace, popular novelist Sia Dane stopped writing, closed down her house, stuffed her heart into a cage, and started floating. It wasn’t the normal response to heartache, but Sia rarely did things the normal way.
Exactly one year, one month, and six days after Jackson’s disappearance, Sia discovers a mysterious man on the beach. He’s mute, unresponsive, and looks as if he has just walked out of the sea. It’s the sort of situation Jackson would have solved with a simple call to the police. But Jackson is gone.
As unreal as he seems, Sia is determined to help this man. Perhaps she can return him to his place in the world—to whoever lost him and loves him. Perhaps she can answer their questions the way no one could answer hers.
But as her friends and family help her winnow her way to the truth, Sia comes to realize that the unfathomable leap between sorrow and healing begins with a single step.
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The Argentine Triangle
An Absent Mind
An Absent Mind
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Avante Press (March 1, 2014)
This is a heartwrenching novel that doesn't soft touch any of the feelings that are being felt - from Saul himself to his children. Anger, fright, hostility, frustration........and love. The book flips back and forth between Saul and his kids, each a different chapter. Saul's confusion comes and goes, as does the children's hope for it all to end and the longing to regain the father they had. The fear they feel when they discover that a gene they may carry might almost guarantee that they too will have this affliction - as might their children.
It's a good book that while it might not make you feel better about having to deal with this affliction in your family, it will make you realize you are not alone - in any of your thoughts or feelings. A really well done book, showing the issue and emotions, but keeping it very "readable" at the same time.
AN ABSENT MIND, a riveting new novel from Eric Rill, author of PINNACLE OF DECEIT and THE INNOCENT TRAITOR, is about a race against time. The ticking time bomb is Saul Reimer's sanity. His Alzheimer's is going to be the catalyst that will either bring his family together or tear it apart.
Although AN ABSENT MIND depicts Saul's arduous struggle with Alzheimer's, it is equally a story about his relationship with his loved ones and their shared journey.
Seventy-one, and a man used to controlling those around him, Saul finds himself helplessly slipping into the abyss in what he describes as his slow dance with death. As we listen in on his ramblings, humor, emotions, lucid moments, and confusion, we are also privy to the thoughts and feelings his family share with us--his wife, Monique, conflicted and depressed; caring, yet angry; his daughter, Florence, compassionate, worried about her father's health, yet proper and reserved; his son, Joey, self-centered and narcissistic, seemingly distant from his family's challenges. And Dr. Tremblay, Saul's Alzheimer's specialist, who provides the reader with facts and observations about this dreaded disease that imprisons more than 35 million people worldwide.
We know from the beginning how it has to end for Saul, because no one has ever outsmarted Alzheimer's. But how will he navigate the meandering road that will eventually destroy his health and result in his death? And how will it affect those around him as they live with strain and guilt, while at the same time being forced to face their own demons?
These questions are answered expertly by the author as he explores the conflicts that rise to the surface as the family deals with Saul's dementia.
I was never sent the original hardback but have received the paperback and I am so mad I missed this novel the first go round!!! I love Leslie and I hate Wes. The writing has me immediately hooked on the story. Funny and engaging, while revolving around a lot of angst. You find yourself nodding your head knowingly as you read - especially if you happen to live in the Atlanta area!
Read the first chapter by clicking HERE!
The Last Original Wife
Dorothea Benton Frank
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks;
Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish—’til death did them part—for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.
If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor by keeping her around. She’s not going to waste another minute on people she doesn’t care to know. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself—in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Along Charleston’s live oak- and palmetto-lined cobblestone streets, under the Lowcountry’s dazzling blue sky, Les will indulge herself with icy cocktails, warm laughter, divine temptation and bittersweet memories. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.
Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes, The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of family, friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling summer day.