Friday, July 23, 2010

Review and Giveaway: The Somebody Who by Katie Gates

First line: Evelyn is quiet as she gets ready to go out.

From the back cover: Evelyn Bennett is at a tipping point. Davy - her beloved husband of 47 years - is still alive, but he is no longer available. His dementia has robbed him of his capacity to share his wisdom, humor, and love; and it has robbed Evelyn of the man who brought spirit and levity to her life and to the lives of their four children. As Evelyn takes action to cope with the situation at hand and to understand its impact on all the relationships around her, she also revisits the past. And she learns that a part of Davy may indeed still be present.

My thoughts: This book had me captivated from the first page. It is an emotional tale of a wife dealing the with burden of caring for a spouse with dementia, while at the same time trying to live her life. Although her husband is still alive, is he really there? Filled with characters you can easily relate to, it is hard not to feel a part of this story, to want to grab a glass of wine and sit down while catching up with everyone. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves in Evelyn's position. It is a tale told with tenderness and honesty, but humor interspersed here and there - much like real life. I especially enjoyed the special project that Evelyn took on during the book. The story flows seamlessly and the twist halfway through keeps you engaged until the end. This is a story that will stay with you long after you read the last page.

Thank you to the author for sending me this book to review - I thoroughly enjoyed it!


GIVEAWAY RULES:

The author of The Somebody Who, Katie Gates, has provided one copy of this awesome book for readers of this blog!
Rules:
  • US  only
  • No PO Boxes please
  • Must include email address to enter
  • Book will be mailed out by the author

To enter (required entry):  Leave me a comment letting me know why you want to win The Somebody Who. Please include your e-mail address in your comment, so that I have a way to contact you if you win. No e-mail= no entry!

  • Bonus Entry (+1)  Become a follower of this blog on Google Friend Connect. Please leave me a separate comment letting me know that you follow. Current followers are eligible as well - just leave a separate comment letting me know that you already do! Not a separate entry = no entry!


Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

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14 comments

  1. It sounds like a touching story that would be a great read. Thanks for the giveaway! emilyjoymitchell(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  2. I follow via google friend connect. emilyjoymitchell(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  3. I've dealt with dementia/Alzheimer's with both my parents. They are both now gone (my mom in May), but our family is still recovering from the emotional upheaval that we have all been through. I would love to have a copy. Please enter me.

    janezfan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Also an old follower.

    janezfan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Hi Kristin, I am so grateful for your kind review. I look forward to hearing who wins the giveaway!
    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Katie

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  6. This sounds like an emotional, beautiful read. I love reads that can make me cry!

    bunnymom1970 at aol dot com

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  7. I follow via GFC

    bunnymom1970 at aol dot com

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  8. this book sounds very emotional...i, too, have had family members sufferering w/ dementia.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  9. i'm a follower :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. My widowed mother has dementia, and is in a nursing home. I think this is a book I should read.

    Linda
    lj6458 at sbcglobal dot net

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  11. My family has been dealing with this with an aunt and recently my mother-in-law has started down the same path. It's so sad to witness and scary. I wonder how a person deals with it when it's their spouse. Would love to read the book.

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  12. I had an uncle with this, an aunt and a cousin with this. It is so hard on the family. Would love to read this book.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. I am a GFC follower of this blog.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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