TITLE: A Love to Remember
Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Publisher: JMS Books
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?
A Love to Remember is a very sensitive and realistic look at life with—and living with the possibility of—early onset Alzheimer’s. I really felt for Graham as he worked through his father succumbing to the disease, especially after watching others in his family go through it. Starting a new relationship is a scary thing, and a lot to dump on someone you don’t know, and I’m not surprised he shied away from relationships. Worrying about becoming a burden to someone he loves is a very real fear. I connected to the characters immediately I started reading, and got drawn into their story.
Despite the centre stage his father’s illness takes in this story, I thought it was a very sweet romance with some bittersweet moments. I loved Sam, and not only his friendship and growing relationship with Graham, but the way he takes care of Graham’s dad, Thurston. I liked that although the story is from Graham’s POV, it also touched on Sam’s past, and why he’d left a job as an ER nurse and moved into working with the caregiving agency. I enjoyed watching Graham and Sam’s friendship grow, and appreciated that after meeting again—after the initial hookup that leads to sex—they take the time to talk and get to know each other.
I enjoyed their interactions with the supporting cast in the story too. I liked the glimpses of Thurston’s personality on his good days, and the way he tells Graham and Sam to talk to each other. Graham’s friend, Marc, is a good guy and I hope he finds his own Mr. Right. Tiger the cat deserves a mention too as he was a character in his own right.
I’d recommend A Love to Remember to readers who enjoy a sweet contemporary romance with a touch of bittersweet that has likeable characters, and approaches the portrayal of an illness with sensitivity.
Reviewed By: Anne