Blue Hydrangeas

  • by Marianne Sciucco
  • Narrated by Elinor Bell
  • 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if, after a lifetime of marriage, the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn't remember your name? A nursing facility is everyone's solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can't bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer's disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their dreams, and operated it as a Cape Cod bed and breakfast named Blue Hydrangeas.
Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, complicated by her progressing Alzheimer's and his own failing heart, he finally admits he can no longer care for her at home.
With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But, on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful

If you could sum up Blue Hydrangeas in three words, what would they be?

Sad, Beautiful, Heartbreaking


What other book might you compare Blue Hydrangeas to, and why?

Any which deals with impossible true situations.


What about Elinor Bell’s performance did you like?

Excellent. She brought alive the story as a whole and portrayed the emotion very well.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Coming to terms with the truth.


Any additional comments?

A beautiful and well written story of a couple faced with Alzheimer's - a cruel and debilitating brain disease.

This is by no means a soppy love story but one of courage and strength and heartbreakingly honest in the way it deals with those tangle emotions.

I actually won this story as an audiobook and will be posting a review for that too - extremely well narrated.

Not wanting to give spoilers, this is a wonderful, insightful and, yes, I will say it again, beautiful story everyone should read /listen.

Highly recommended.

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- Julie Elizabeth Powell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-03-2014
  • Publisher: Bunky Press