MONTPELIER TOMORROW! — A BOOK REVIEW & A GIVEAWAY!!!
Today, I’m the caboose in the Blog Tour of Montpelier Tomorrow written by Marylee MacDonald. Full disclosure I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review, but as always all opinions are my own.
I want to tell you about a book that I recently had the opportunity to read for you called Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald. It is the story of one woman’s journey as she navigates the twists and turns of caregiving after her son-in-law is diagnosed with ALS.
Colleen Gallagher is a middle-aged mother who’s whole life is thrown into turmoil trying to help her daughter’s family cope with the coming loss of their father and husband. She’s already traveled down the path to widowhood herself and her wisdom can surely help her daughter in her time of need or can it? She now finds herself holding on to her own life with everything she has trying to find a way to balance helping her daughter with her life’s greatest challenge and maintaining a distance that will help restore some of her own sanity, health, and retirement account.
The decent into hell that the whole family experiences causes hard decisions to have to be made. Sometimes there’s more than just life and death and sometimes the family ends up fighting for it’s own survival through the morbid love/hate relationship that some families are doomed to become a part of. It’s one family’s story of love, hate, compassion, selfishness and all of the other emotions that come with being a full-time caregiver.
I thought this quote out of the book spoke volumes: For the past few years, aging parents had kept me in Chicago. Not that I begrudged them: This was a natural progression of a woman’s life, or so it seemed, even though women of my generation thought we had liberated ourselves from the traditional roles. You can’t really free yourself from love though, nor from the surprise that middle-age doesn’t mean you have more time for yourself…One minute your changing diapers and the next you’re tugging up depends. I know that story well although, thankfully I’m not at the Depend stage yet (at least not for momma anyway)!
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It’s a painful book to read, but I would suggest it to anyone who would like to see first hand an honest look through the eyes of a 24/7 caregiver. To see all that they really face; the good, the bad, and the ugly. The highs and lows that can take a normal person and turn them into the ghost of who they used to be. The pain that forever changes who you are from the person you were the day before the diagnosis. Life goes on and the world waits for no one, but caregivers around the world are clinging to the sides of life with their fingernails trying to hold on with everything they have. To not be swallowed up along with the sick into the black void of death and dying.
There were a couple of points where the narration took off on another tangent that left me going back through the pages to see if I had missed something. This happened twice I think in different stages of the story, but all in all it told a story that is repeated in every fourth house across America. If only people would take the time to listen. I would definitely recommend it. The less than normal relationship between Colleen as the caregiver and her son in law Tony make for a very interesting story in my opinion. Okay, so here is the giveway I promised. Sign up to win your copy of Montpelier Tomorrow! TODAY AND NOT TOMORROW! Remember to Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest.
This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you buy this book I will get a little bit of book money from the sale. All opinions are always my very own!