On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

CoverSome special marketing this year for A Long and Winding Road has resulted not only in lots of new readers but also in a number of new reviews. Here are some excerpts:

5 stars: Heartfelt by JaneReads * January 2, 2018 *  A Long and Winding Road takes you along on a heartfelt journey in a caregiver’s tale of love.

5 stars: Life as we will know it by Prairie House * January 14, 2018 * This is a very well-written book relating the humor, sadness, and inspiration of dealing with aging parents with memory problems. I also could relate to the relative simplicity of living in an RV and the joy of wanderlust.

5 stars: God’s greatest gifts can often be found on a Long and Winding Road by Donna L. Young * January 28, 2018 * … a pleasure to read! From the very first chapter, I was hooked.

5 stars: Wonderful! by CJS * February 23, 2018 * A long and winding road slowly unravels in front of the reader as the author takes them through the ins and outs of a family trip in an RV. Highly recommended!

5 stars: An Amazing story of love and bravery by Brenchris * April 4, 2018 * … an amazing story of love and bravery… love for one’s parents when they can no longer care for themselves… bravery by two loving people who proceed on a seven-week trip on a forty foot motorhome taking along their ailing parents. I recommend it to all.

5 stars: A Universal Dilmma: Taking Care of Mom and Dad by Susan T. Hawthorne * April 18, 2018 * For many of us there comes a time when we have to become the caregivers. This book shines a light on how to do this with grace and love, and will resonate with everyone who has ever tried. The stories are delightful and the writer’s way of overcoming obstacles with her parents are a treasure. I definitely recommend this book both for it’s storytelling and for it’s helpfulness in dealing with stressful occasions.

4 stars: Nicely Written Story by M. Reese * May 26, 2018 * This is a story that will tug at your heart strings if you’ve ever had to care for someone suffering from either [Alzheimer’s or dementia]. The author does a good job describing how providing 24-hour care is a true tests of patience, compassion, trust, and love while still trying to maintain normality in her married life.

About the book:

Alzheimer’s is a family disease, and this is a love story – not a boy meets girls love story, but a family love story. It is the story of the love between a daughter and her parents and her willingness to take them into her home when they could no longer care for themselves; the story of a mother and a father who loved their daughter but no longer remembered exactly where they were or why; the story of a husband who loved his wife so much that he stood beside her as they fought to survive the ravages of the brain-wasting disease that was stealing her loved ones away a piece at a time. It’s also the story of a seven-week trip for four across sixteen U.S. states in a forty-foot motor home – a trip that involved stopped up toilets, wet jeans, laughter, and headaches that were far from the easygoing retirement the Brendles had imagined for themselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.

 A LONG AND WINDING ROAD: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos is the story of the chaos that happens when four people, two of whom have Alzheimer’s, spend fifty-three days in a 400-square-foot box on wheels.

Buy it on Amazon.




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