Middletown, New York (PRWEB) November 07, 2013
Marianne Sciucco’s debut novel, “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimer’s love story, is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback, and on Apple’s iBooks and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Sciucco penned the novel, a Kindle bestseller, based on her experiences as a registered nurse working with dementia patients and their families at an upstate New York hospital and several area nursing homes.
“Blue Hydrangeas,” rated 4.8 stars by Amazon readers, is the story of Jack and Sara Harmon, retired Cape Cod innkeepers from the fictional town of Falmouthport. A nursing facility is everyone's solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can't bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving complicated by her progressing Alzheimer’s and his own failing heart, Jack finally admits he can no longer care for her at home. With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. However, on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.
“The story is not about any one particular couple or family,” Sciucco says, “but is more a composite of the many patients and families I met through my work, although one patient in particular did inspire the plot.” Sciucco worked on the book for more than ten years, and decided to independently publish after seeing a few friends have success with that route. “Publishing this book is the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life,” says Sciucco. “The climate for new, untried authors in the publishing industry is cold, freezing, and I found it impossible to gain entry. I’ve accumulated more than 50 rejection letters – from agents and editors who never read the book. It’s more than discouraging.”
“This is a very moving story of love and commitment that is beautifully told by this talented author.”
“I was immediately drawn into reading about this family, leaving me with a heavy heart and much to think about.”
“So beautifully written, so tender, so real.”
“This beautifully written and poignant story captures you from page one and takes you on a sad, incredible, and beautiful journey.”
“Reading this lovely book has been a gift indeed.”
Sciucco, a resident of Middletown New York, is also the developer of “Adventures in Publishing,” a 90 minute presentation in which she discusses her experiences as an independent author and publisher, and examines the changes in the publishing industry over the last 10 years, including electronic publishing and the trend toward independent publishing. The program is available free to community groups in her local area.