A huge thanks to Anne Cater for organising this tour and to Prue Phillipson and SilverWood Books for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This is a completely different novel than I usually review but it’s such a unique and honest perspective and a story that needs to be told.
Through diary extracts, photographs and first person accounts Prue guides us through years of supporting her mother through dementia. She begins from the early signs and writes a very honest and raw account of their journey together. At times this book is heartbreaking to read however as someone who has never experienced caring for a loved one with dementia, I found it so insightful and a great source of information. I’m a great believer that sometimes the best learning can be done from people who have real experiences.
Prue’s accounts delve into the difficult decisions that she had to make as well as the way her mother regressed and the behaviours that she observed. What shines through the most is how much Prue loved her mother and despite the extremely difficult moments, her aim was always to do the right and best thing for her.
I’m not a religious person at all but found it fascinating how Prue and her mother used their bond through their faith to deal with some of the darker times.
This is a bitter sweet memoir written with a very open perspective. At times it is powerful and poignant but the love between mother and daughter also makes it a heartwarming tale in some ways.
Fascinating and a really good source for first hand and experiential information about dementia.
Author Bio – Pru Phillipson
PRUE PHILLIPSON was born in 1928 in Newcastle upon Tyne into a Christian family with one sister, Janet. Their mother introduced them to classic nineteenth 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.