Monday, June 18, 2018


Publisher:     William Morrow
Published:     June 19, 2018
ISBN:        978-0062742674
Genre:      Women’s Fiction
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Fay and Paul Agarra are on the vacation of a lifetime in Spain.  Married for over twenty years the New York Supreme Court judge and his wife are enjoying Malaga away from the pressures of the job, the rush of the city and all that entails.  When Fay proposes a side trip to Alcazaba in the Alhambra Paul protests but like the loving spouse he is, he agrees.  Almost there Fay needs to stop to heed the call of nature.  They pull into a small roadside business and Fay tells Paul to wait for her.  When she emerges he is gone.  After several panicked hours she finds him at the airport.  Paul doesn’t understand the problem—of course he would be at the airport.  They were leaving, weren’t they?  He doesn’t remember leaving her off or that he continued on without his wife.  Fay’s irritation continues when they return home.  Paul refuses to see what he did.  In fact, he has no memory of it.  As the days go on, Fay begins to notice other changes in his personality.  Changes that she just doesn’t like, they make her worried.  Concerned, Fay turns to their family and Paul’s co-workers but no one is willing to recognize that there is a problem.  And then one night the unthinkable happens and only now does the family and their friends realize that something is wrong, so very wrong with Paul.

LEFT A LOVE STORY by Mary Hogan is the rare must read book for everyone—male or female, young, middle aged or old.  While told as a fiction, the subject matter—a loved one’s descent into dementia, is something that will touch all of us at one time or another.  It will be a family member, a close friend, a co-worker or their family member, a neighbour and even ourselves.  It doesn’t suddenly steal our minds and connections to each other.  It is insidious, moving so slowly that you may not even be sure it is happening.  Such is Fay and Paul’s story.  He a brilliant jurist, she a loving and devoted wife who has made him her world.  Fay describes Paul as her “there kind of guy” and when he is seemingly suddenly no longer there, her world verges on crumbling.  Hogan’s depiction of Fay takes her from a seemingly simple housewife and builds her into a strong woman, capable of taking care of her own.  She learns when to ask for help—and how to make it happen.  She is an amazing character that shows how we all can find that special kind of inner strength to cope with the worst life can throw at us.
I found Fay’s talking to the building a little odd. It made me wonder if she was the one whose mind was starting to fail.  The ex-wife, Brenda, was annoying.  Both of these recurring threads seemed more to up the word count than to move the story along.  Had Paul loved Fay as much as she says he does, he would have put his foot down with Brenda’s incessant incursions into their life. 

That said, LEFT A LOVE STORY is a wonderful, heartfelt story that, as I said, everyone should read.

The book is worth a look if you are a dedicated reader.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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