Title: A Love to Remember
Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2018
Publisher: JMS BooksSummary:
Graham Hayes decided long ago he’d never be in a relationship. It was better to stay single than to fall in love only to be left alone, which he was certain would happen to him. He’d seen Alzheimer’s ravage his family members all his life, leaving their loved ones to deal with the fallout. Some of them stayed, but some didn’t. Graham isn’t going to risk it.
When he hires nurse Sam Morgan to take care of his dad during the day, his pledge to stay single is put to the test. He soon finds it difficult to maintain a professional distance.
Graham’s guarded his heart for so long, but his resolve is crumbling. Will he be able to conquer his fear to give himself a chance at love? Can he trust Sam to stick around for better or worse?
With family history of Alzheimer’s, Graham Hayes made himself a pact to never be in a long-term relationship so he could spare someone the pain of watching him deteriorate. As he settles in to care for his father who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s he realizes its too much for him to handle alone so he hires a nurse. When that nurse arrives will Graham be able to stick to his pact or will he realize that opening your heart is worth the risk?
A Love to Remember is a wonderful novella that is sweet, emotional, dramatic, and entertaining. Did I understand Graham's decision to not open his heart to the pain of watching him deteriorate if and when Alzheimer's claimed him? Yes. Do I agree with his decision? No. It's difficult watching someone you love become less than their whole self but to deny the good because the bad might happen isn't right either and that's where Sam comes in, but you have to read this one to learn just how he helps Graham. This novella may be short on pages and one that probably could have been even better with more detail but it's a lovely read as is. Connections in life are not only important but necessary. After all, you never know what tomorrow brings so why deny yourself on the "what ifs"? A Love to Remember is jam packed with heart with just the right splash of heat and frankly, what more could a reader as for?
I only had one hang-up when it came to A Love to Remember and that was the author's use of "caretaker" in regard's to Graham's role with his dad. I've been caring for my mother for some time and its important to both parties to use the term "caregiver" we are "giving" care to someone not "taking" it. Now I know that doesn't seem like it would make much difference but it does, both emotionally and psychologically, to both the carer and caree. It wasn't something that took away any enjoyment that the story brought me so I didn't take any marks off but it did register with me while reading it and afterwards so I felt I needed to comment on it. Generally when most people think of "caretaker" they think of one who tends to the property, grounds, or estate. Once again I just wanted to mention it but it didn't take anything away from the good feels Graham's journey gave me.
This is my first Sarah Hadley Brook story but it won't be my last, I look forward to checking out her backlist and any future writings. New authors are always a gamble but this one is worth the risk.
Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the nonprofit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go. When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have costarred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity. She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.
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