Morning again my lovelies and welcome to a new week! Today I’m on the blog tour for Lesson of Love by Prue Phillipson – a true, poignant and heartbreaking short story of Prue’s time caring for her Mother with dementia….
Lesson of Love is a moving and candid story of a relationship between a mother and daughter in the face of life-changing illness.
Prue Phillipson’s first-person account is interspersed with diary excerpts and documents the difficult yet rewarding experience of caring for a mother with dementia. This unflinchingly honest story details the various stages of the illness and how Prue coped whilst her mother changed, becoming ever more distant.
Prue found that her own faith was strengthened as a result of turning to God through the immensely powerful and comforting use of prayer.
This is an inspiring story that will encourage all readers to have faith in testing times.
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Lesson of Love takes us on a heart wrenching journey with Prue as she cares for her Mum who is suffering with dementia. A terrible disease for all involved, it’s moving to read Prue’s honest account of how she felt and coped over the years. From the first signs of dementia, right through until the end, it is eye opening to read and understand what Prue and other carers must go through. It also gives us an insight as to what it must be like for the person suffering with dementia, and how the confusion affects them.
Although my Nan suffered with dementia, this story made me realise how grateful I am that she didn’t suffer this much. For Prue to share her experiences with the world, will no doubt help other carer’s to understand their own feelings. Prue suffered with guilt, anger, frustration and felt bad for it, but her memoirs make you realise that this is normal. Prue did an outstanding job of caring for her Mum through some incredibly tough times, and we mustn’t underestimate the toll it would have had on her – which can be seen through the book and in her journal entries.
As a devout Christian, Prue relied heavily on her faith and beliefs. I did find that the religious side of the book was quite heavy for me, but fully understand that this is what helped her through.
Overall this is poignant story that will open your eyes to the terrible world of dementia. But it will show you the strength of the Mother/Daughter relationship that they shared, and how Prue’s faith helped her through the darkest of times.
about the author
PRUE PHILLIPSON was born in 1928 in Newcastle upon Tyne into a Chris- tian family with one sister, Janet. Their mother intro- duced them to classic nine- teenth century novels so they immersed themselves in history and good literature throughout their childhoods.
Prue’s diary, Lesson of Love, which documents her mother’s dementia is her first published book. Prue is now concentrating on writing novels and an e-publisher has published six of her novels online while two book publishers have accepted eight of them between them.
The years of caring for her mother were extremely fulfilling and ones that she will never forget.
tour hosted by
Many thanks to Anne for inviting me on to the tour, and to Prue and SilverWood Books for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful day lovelies