What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn't remember your name? A pair of retired Cape Cod innkeepers struggle with the wife's Alzheimer's. A beautiful love story written by a masterful storyteller who happens to be a nurse. Amazon-rated 4.7 out of 5 stars. Goodreads rated 4.11 out of 5 stars.
Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.
Her debut novel, BlueHydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story, is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, a Self-e Selection, a 5-star Readers Favorite, and winner of IndieReCon’s Best Indie Novel Award, 2014.
She's currently working on a YA novel, Swim Season, about the new girl on the team who challenges a longstanding school record. To be released in 2015.
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college. She loves books, the beach, and craft beer, and especially enjoys the three of them together.
"The author covered some of the most difficult situations families are dealing with, and I can see
our caregivers connecting to the husband and son." - Meg E. Boyce,
LMSW, Vice President Programs and Services Alzheimer's Association, Poughkeepsie,
not only did a wonderful job writing a beautiful novel about a couple
experiencing dementia, but did it in a thoughtful, authentic, humane
Davies, LCSW, Alzheimer's Association,Hudson
Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter
traces a couple's struggle with Alzheimer's in an effective story that doesn't
pull its punches, but remains compassionate and absorbing." - Liz
Lynch for IndieReader
"What a touching
account of a couple's journey into Alzheimer's and of the love that never
succumbed to the disease! Marianne Sciucco captured all the levels of feelings
and fears that accompany this journey--the doubting, the rationalization that
everything is ok, the hoping....and finally the acceptance. Most of all,
she captured the love that so often brings out strengths that will help
caregivers and their loved ones as they face this together. A truly remarkable
story!" - Marilynn Garzione, author of Released to the Angels: Discovering the Hidden
Gifts of Alzheimer's
"Blue Hydrangeas is, by far, the most tender love story I've read in a very long time. While not a 'happily ever after' love story, Blue Hydrangeas is sure to be one you will ponder for some time after you have finished reading it." - Lee Ambrose for Story Circle Book Reviews