Lean on Me (Family Is Forever, #1)
First in an emotional, poignant romantic women's fiction series by acclaimed inspirational romance author Pat Simmons.No caregiver should ever have to go it alone...Tabitha Knicely loves her career as a pharmaceutical rep, but even her health care knowledge isn't much help with the daily challenges she now faces caring for her aunt with Alzheimer's. Her once organized lifestyle is in disarray and her patience is tested. On Sunday mornings, when Aunt Tweet drags her to church, though Tabitha isn't a believer, the peaceful presence of faith is a welcome relief.Marcus Whittington believes in second chances, so he hires former inmates to staff the industrial cleaning service he owns with his brother. When a mystery woman who keeps showing up on his porch turns out to be an elderly neighbor, Marcus is outraged at what he perceives as neglect on the part of her caregiver.Marcus soon learns that being a caregiver is a demanding, compassionate act of kindness that he has never experienced before. After several encounters with Aunt Tweet and Tabitha, his heart is drawn to the family's distress. Marcus is determined to help Tabitha, and a friendship that started out with a grave misunderstanding soon begins to blossom into a relationship filled with love, faith, and partnership. Life is easier, when you have someone to lean on.

Lean on Me (Family Is Forever, #1) Details

TitleLean on Me (Family Is Forever, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781728212531
Rating
GenreContemporary, Romance, Womens Fiction

Lean on Me (Family Is Forever, #1) Review

  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    No caregiver should ever have to go it alone...pretty much sums up the most powerful emotional punch in Pat Simmons’s LEAN ON ME. There is also a wonderful growing romance that starts out on a very, VERY bad foot as well as a message to lean on one’s faith, as well as those around us. Being a caregiver under any circumstance is beyond difficult and on the surface, this book does address the toll it takes on everyone involved.As a person who has been the sole caregiver for more than one family No caregiver should ever have to go it alone...pretty much sums up the most powerful emotional punch in Pat Simmons’s LEAN ON ME. There is also a wonderful growing romance that starts out on a very, VERY bad foot as well as a message to lean on one’s faith, as well as those around us. Being a caregiver under any circumstance is beyond difficult and on the surface, this book does address the toll it takes on everyone involved.As a person who has been the sole caregiver for more than one family member through dementia and/or cancer, I can say that there is a reality disconnect in this tale. I found it interesting that Marcus, a professed Christian and believer in giving second chances, he jumps to the conclusion that the elderly lady who has shown up on his doorstep several times is being abused and acts in the most unchristian-like manner.Tabitha and her sisters had decided to shuttle their aunt between their homes to care for her and clearly had no idea what they were getting into. Money was not the problem, so I am not sure how they thought this would be a good situation for a woman whose memories are failing. That said, it is a pleasant read, and does give a surface-level story of the trials of caregiving and the blessing of faith. Finding love when one least expects it IS a lovely bonus.I was invited to read a complimentary ARC edition by Sourcebooks Casablanca! This is my honest and voluntary review.Series: Family is Forever - Book 1Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 7, 2020)Publication Date: January 7, 2020Genre: Women's Fiction | RomancePrint Length: 288 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.Lean On MeFamily Is Forever #1By: Pat Simmons*REVIEW* ,On a personal note: I never considered the daily trials of caregiving until my husband became a caregiver for his terminally ill 80 year old father. For the better part of a year, he went shopping, cooked and fed, groomed and bathed, tidied the house, fed a million cats, mowed the yard, paid the bills, did pharmacy Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.Lean On MeFamily Is Forever #1By: Pat Simmons*REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟,On a personal note: I never considered the daily trials of caregiving until my husband became a caregiver for his terminally ill 80 year old father. For the better part of a year, he went shopping, cooked and fed, groomed and bathed, tidied the house, fed a million cats, mowed the yard, paid the bills, did pharmacy runs, back and forth to doctor appointments, spent countless nights in hospital rooms and worked a full time job. His father died over a year ago, and since then, he has been the primary caregiver for his elderly widowed mother. He never gets a break and never slows down. He can't because she is extremely needy and more and more confused every day. I'm frustrated for him, and helpless to change it. When I began reading Lean On Me, I knew immediately that this book showed up in my mailbox at exactly the right time. I felt so much sympathy and sorrow for Tabitha and Aunt Tweet from the start. Initially, I disliked Marcus, but I also understood that he didn't understand, yet. Later, I knew Marcus's frustration at the entire situation as the same I had felt many times. No one wants this, and the lack of control is disconcerting and causes anger to surface easily. Giving the situation over to God, trusting the course unfolding before you is the correct one, even, or especially, when it feels like the worst road you could possibly walk, is all you can do-with one exception. Tabitha and Marcus open their hearts to the possibility of love, acceptance, forgiveness and, dare they dream, of happiness. I loved watching these characters grow in faith, love and acceptance. It reminded me to be open to the possibilities in my own life. Although it's frustrating and grey at times, better days are on the horizon. Lean On Me is a beautiful moving story written by a truly talented author who speaks to the heart with her words. I am looking forward to the next book in the Family Is Forever series.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Being a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's is not an easy task. I watched my mother care for my father and I know it took a lot of out her. But much like Tabitha, Kym, and Rachel, they all cared for the person with dementia and wanted to do what they could to make that person's life the best it could be under the circumstances.This story has so many facets that it appeals to many on so many levels. There is caring for someone that is ill, finding love, rediscovering faith, some Being a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's is not an easy task.  I watched my mother care for my father and I know it took a lot of out her.  But much like Tabitha, Kym, and Rachel, they all cared for the person with dementia and wanted to do what they could to make that person's life the best it could be under the circumstances.This story has so many facets that it appeals to many on so many levels.  There is caring for someone that is ill, finding love, rediscovering faith, some conflict, and a happily ever after ending.Tabitha and Marcus don't start off on the right foot and he is very lucky that Tabitha didn't hold it against him.  It was obvious that he was jumping to conclusions and assumptions regarding Aunt Tweet and Tabitha, but something was blinding him to the truth.  I was glad they worked out their differences and discovered that they belonged together.  Marcus is a true gentleman and treated Tabitha right.Tabitha has a tough time managing Aunt Tweet and her job.  I wanted to shake her and tell her to ask for help, more than the Adult Day Care that Aunt Tweet went to while she was at work.  Tabitha seemed to think she was giving up by asking for help but considering how Aunt Tweet declined no one would have expected her to do it all on her own.  There is some tension between Tabitha, Kym, and Rachel when they are discussing their aunt's care.  It is hard to know what someone is going through until you spend some time in their shoes.  There was a part of the book that I was angry at Kym and Rachel for their comments towards Tabitha.I enjoyed watching the romance unfold between Tabitha and Marcus.  I also cheered as Marcus grew as a man and not everything was as black and white as he thought it should be in his mind.  I'm not fond of Marcus' brother, he is selfish and only looking out for himself.There is one line in this book that really stood out:"When it comes to forgiving others, we have to remember their walk, hardships, and mistakes in life may be different from our own.  They may do things you never would, but Jesus says to forgive them."Overall this was a quick and fun read and we give it 4 paws up.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet story (100% sweet) about family, alz/caregiving, faith, and romance. An honest look at the terrible disease that alz is but, other than that, this book is so sweet. Maybe too sweet? I enjoyed it but never had that "I can't wait to get back to my book" feeling. If you are looking for a feel good, happy, no suspense kind of book, this is it :)
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    I really love two things when I read: Finding a new author, and being able to start the first book in a new series. That was exactly the case with Lean on Me. Discovering the author, Pat Simmons, through the pages of this book was quite rewarding.Tabitha Knicely and Marcus Whittington cross paths. She is a busy pharmaceutical rep who is now caring for her aunt who is suffering from Alzheimers. Marcus has his own business and he hires men who need a second chance, and that includes ex-cons. The I really love two things when I read: Finding a new author, and being able to start the first book in a new series. That was exactly the case with Lean on Me. Discovering the author, Pat Simmons, through the pages of this book was quite rewarding.Tabitha Knicely and Marcus Whittington cross paths. She is a busy pharmaceutical rep who is now caring for her aunt who is suffering from Alzheimers. Marcus has his own business and he hires men who need a second chance, and that includes ex-cons. The way they meet is that someone keeps landing on Marcus's doorstep. The woman happens to be Tabitha's Aunt Tweet and it doesn't take long before Tabitha and Marcus meet. So we have three principal characters in this book, Tabitha, Marcus and the wonderful Aunt Tweet. Marcus sees a real need when it comes to Tabitha and her aunt, although at first he was concerned that Tabitha was shirking her responsibilities in her role as a caregiver.I so loved this book. It was touching in both an emotional and spiritual way. Marcus and Tabitha start off as friends, but their growth has a solid background when it comes to faith. This was not the turn I expected when reading this book, but I was floored by how much this book touched my soul. This is the first book in the Family is Forever series, and I will definitely be looking out for the next book, Here for You, which is scheduled to release in September. Meanwhile, as time permits, I will be perusing Ms. Simmons backlist for more inspiring reads. I rarely get the opportunity read AA characters, and with the addition of faith, her novels are definitely for me. Many thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    Initially i was drawn to this book due to the story being based around a caregiver to her aunt who had Alzheimer's. I usually avoid books where faith and religion comes into a story, as i am far from a religious person. Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable read and one that i could relate to in many ways. I was a full time carer to my mother who had Alzheimer's. There were times when i felt i couldn't cope, but i did with the help of family support. Loved the romance aspect. Well worth a read.My Initially i was drawn to this book due to the story being based around a caregiver to her aunt who had Alzheimer's. I usually avoid books where faith and religion comes into a story, as i am far from a religious person. Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable read and one that i could relate to in many ways. I was a full time carer to my mother who had Alzheimer's. There were times when i felt i couldn't cope, but i did with the help of family support. Loved the romance aspect. Well worth a read.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.
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  • Queenie
    January 1, 1970
    Lean On Me (Family is Forever) Pat Simmons Tabitha Knicely is overwhelming from taking care of her Aunt Tweet. Aunt Tweet has dementia and is getting worse. Tabitha's sisters and her made a pact to take turns caring for their great aunt. Tabitha is the second sister to get her aunt. The sisters refused to put their aunt in a nursing facility. Tabitha had to literally give up her life to care for her great auntMarcus Whittington is a neighbor that has accused Tabitha of elderly neglect. He Lean On Me (Family is Forever) Pat Simmons Tabitha Knicely is overwhelming from taking care of her Aunt Tweet. Aunt Tweet has dementia and is getting worse. Tabitha's sisters and her made a pact to take turns caring for their great aunt. Tabitha is the second sister to get her aunt. The sisters refused to put their aunt in a nursing facility. Tabitha had to literally give up her life to care for her great auntMarcus Whittington is a neighbor that has accused Tabitha of elderly neglect. He threatened to call the police on her which adds to her frustrations. In the end, Marcus sees how Tabitha and Aunt Tweet relate up close and now understands those frustrations. This book gave me a romantic flair that I enjoyed it. I loved the book cover. It is so beautiful. The title was on point because Tabitha needed Marcus to lean on. Family is forever and the characters in the story prove that point. The characters were relatable, funny, honest, and caring except for Geneva and Renee. The empowering love story has its twists and turns that you didn't really know what's coming. The dialogue was on point. The story line went smoothly and I could relate a lot. I like how the author, Pat Simmons, did her research on dementia and the different drugs and side effects Tabitha was trying to sell to doctors offices. I really enjoyed the story. I cried, got mad, laughed, and got excited. I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout the story. Thanks for the wonderful ride.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkieLean on Me was an inspirational story of a family in crisis. A tender look at the sacrifices made when caregiving for a loved one, Pat Simmons’ realistic prose will bring out a full range of emotions in her readers.I’m so glad I started off reading Pat Simmons’ work with this book. As a former caregiver myself for eight years, I understood wholeheartedly the issues our heroine Tabitha and her two sisters, Rachel and Kym, faced. And I have to say that Simmons See the full review at HarlequinJunkieLean on Me was an inspirational story of a family in crisis. A tender look at the sacrifices made when caregiving for a loved one, Pat Simmons’ realistic prose will bring out a full range of emotions in her readers.I’m so glad I started off reading Pat Simmons’ work with this book. As a former caregiver myself for eight years, I understood wholeheartedly the issues our heroine Tabitha and her two sisters, Rachel and Kym, faced. And I have to say that Simmons really painted a clear picture of the emotions Tabitha battled: guilt, sadness, exasperation, happiness; and she conveyed how complicated and awkward it can be when the roles are reversed and you are caring for someone who used to take care of you... Read More
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  • Lyn
    January 1, 1970
    "Romantic, romantic, romantic--the chemistry between Tabitha and Marcus was real. Loved it. Also loved Aunt Tweet--the lovable woman whose memories are slipping away but whose imagination keeps spinning. When Marcus and Tabitha first meet sparks fly but not the romantic kind. But their true characters shine as God puts them to the test. Great read, romance and story of family.
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  • Robin Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    A new to me author. Tabitha and her sisters are taking turns caring for their elderly Aunt Tweet, who has dementia/Alzheimer's. Aunt Tweet is living with Tabitha for six months, and Tabitha is realizing being a caregiver is harder than it sounds. When Aunt Tweet manages to slip out of the house and wander the neighborhood, she sits on a neighbor's porch. He thinks Tabitha is not caring for her aunt properly and that her safety is at stake, and keeps threatening to call the police. So right off A new to me author. Tabitha and her sisters are taking turns caring for their elderly Aunt Tweet, who has dementia/Alzheimer's. Aunt Tweet is living with Tabitha for six months, and Tabitha is realizing being a caregiver is harder than it sounds. When Aunt Tweet manages to slip out of the house and wander the neighborhood, she sits on a neighbor's porch. He thinks Tabitha is not caring for her aunt properly and that her safety is at stake, and keeps threatening to call the police. So right off the bat, from their first meeting, we have two characters at odds with each other, which is one of my favorite ways for a book to start! Though I do like a little more bickering than what goes on here, but Tabitha also holds her tongue because she wants to appear to be doing well with Aunt Tweet, no matter how stressed she is, and doesn't want Marcus to carry out his threats. I've never been a caregiver, and I hope I don't ever have to be. It sounds like hard work and stress inducing, no matter how much you love the person you're caring for. Tabitha took a lower paying job in order to not have to travel, and has rearranged her life for Aunt Tweet, but Tweet has been one of the most important people in her and her sisters' lives and they all adore her, so it's a sacrifice they are all willing to make. And who can blame her? Aunt Tweet is delightful. And I very much liked Tabitha as well. She's strong and determined to do the best she can for her aunt. And when Marcus decided to appoint himself as Tabitha's caregiver, aw man, I was a goner. I only have a dog and a cat to care for, but I still need a Marcus! This is a Christian book, so the romance is very clean, which was fine with me. I like the build up, and the relationship between Tabitha and Marcus moved along at a believable pace as they got to know each other better. There is also a subplot about two of the employees of the janitorial service Marcus runs with his brother, which gave a lot of insight into Marcus's character. And when Aunt Tweet suddenly decides she needs to go to church every week, Tabitha of course has to go with her, and then eventually Marcus joins them, and the sections with them at church were some of my favorites. All around, this is a heartwarming story, and I'll never look at a caregiver the same way. Tabitha's younger sister, Rachel, gets to have Aunt Tweet with her for the next six months, and her story comes next, so there's that to look forward to!
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  • Tiffany Reads
    January 1, 1970
    "Who takes care of you, Miss Knicely while you're trying to be strong for your aunt? Who has your back?"What a great question and one that we often overlook. In society we tend to focus on the lives of the ill and elderly and not on their caregivers. Lean on Me, through a work of fiction, gave great insight into the stress and toll it takes on those that care for their loved ones. Through the three sisters we are able to see the lengths and sacrifices that each make to care for their beloved "Who takes care of you, Miss Knicely while you're trying to be strong for your aunt? Who has your back?"What a great question and one that we often overlook. In society we tend to focus on the lives of the ill and elderly and not on their caregivers. Lean on Me, through a work of fiction, gave great insight into the stress and toll it takes on those that care for their loved ones. Through the three sisters we are able to see the lengths and sacrifices that each make to care for their beloved aunt. There is an extra layer to the story thanks to one of Tabitha's neighbors. And, of course, there is some romance along the way!This was my first time reading a book by Pat Simmons and I must say it was right on time. I have a friend whose mother is currently going through the stages of dementia and I have been struggling with how to provide the correct support. Lean on Me is an excellent depiction of what happens when we show grace, understanding, and what it means to simply be there for the folks we claim to care about. As stated above this was my first time reading Simmons' work but I truly look forward to reading more!
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Need a feel-good book? Try this one. As I read this lovely story, I could easily envision it as a Tyler Perry movie. “Lean on Me” is about family love and tackles the difficult topic of being a caregiver.Never having been in the situation Tabitha is I felt overwhelmed just reading about what her life was like caring for her great-aunt. Marcus is the man every woman would love to have. After at first jumping to the conclusion that Tabitha was irresponsible in the care of her great-aunt he soon Need a feel-good book? Try this one. As I read this lovely story, I could easily envision it as a Tyler Perry movie. “Lean on Me” is about family love and tackles the difficult topic of being a caregiver.Never having been in the situation Tabitha is I felt overwhelmed just reading about what her life was like caring for her great-aunt. Marcus is the man every woman would love to have. After at first jumping to the conclusion that Tabitha was irresponsible in the care of her great-aunt he soon recognizes his error. How could you not love a man who steps up to be the caregiver to the caregiver! Written with compassion my heart went out to Tabitha and her sisters as they watch their beloved Aunt Tweet ravished with dementia. Being a Christian romance, Tabitha and Marcus find strength through their faith. The characters were well developed and relatable, written with normal flaws that had to be tackled.I really enjoyed the story as it elicited a variety of emotions – love, fear, happiness, sadness, pride, sweetness. A truly beautiful story. Thank you to Sourcebooks for the e-galley to review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Naleighna Kai
    January 1, 1970
    Lean on Me covers a timely topic of adults as caregivers for family members who have illnesses that mean they are unable to care for themselves. Pat Simmons weaves a tale of a believer who automatically assumes when an elderly woman comes to him, unassisted, on several occasions, that she is being abused in some fashion. His actions, though, are a little tough and Tabitha feels the brunt of it. Tabitha and her sisters are managing to care for their aunt through three different residence rather Lean on Me covers a timely topic of adults as caregivers for family members who have illnesses that mean they are unable to care for themselves. Pat Simmons weaves a tale of a believer who automatically assumes when an elderly woman comes to him, unassisted, on several occasions, that she is being abused in some fashion. His actions, though, are a little tough and Tabitha feels the brunt of it. Tabitha and her sisters are managing to care for their aunt through three different residence rather than put her in a facility. They were not prepared, as with so many people today, who cannot ascertain the challenges that will faced with a woman whose memory is diminishing on a daily basis. This is an emotional read that has threads of reality and sweet romance. I have followed Pat Simmons for the majority of her career, and this caregiver series is a wonderful addition to her library of work. --USA Today Bestselling Author, Naleighna KaiThank you SourceBooks and NetGalley for this advance read.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This book takes on a very difficult subject of caregivers and their loved ones. Tabitha's Aunt Tweet is getting lost in Alzheimer's. Tabitha and her sisters make a deal that they will be the caregiver for 6 months at a time. Tabitha finds her wandering Aunt on her neighbor's porch and he thinks she's doing a bad job of keeping Aunt Tweet out of trouble. Then he begins to help instead of criticize. This is a Christian romance that deals with family, love and illness in a very compassionate way. This book takes on a very difficult subject of caregivers and their loved ones. Tabitha's Aunt Tweet is getting lost in Alzheimer's. Tabitha and her sisters make a deal that they will be the caregiver for 6 months at a time. Tabitha finds her wandering Aunt on her neighbor's porch and he thinks she's doing a bad job of keeping Aunt Tweet out of trouble. Then he begins to help instead of criticize. This is a Christian romance that deals with family, love and illness in a very compassionate way. It is the 1st book in the Family is Forever series and I'm looking forward to seeing all the sisters find true love. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Lean on Me by Pat SImmons is a contemporary romance that follows Tabitha Knicely during her turn to care for her Aunt Tweet who has Alzeihmer’s. The premise sounds sweet with a cute romance, and it is, but it’s also heartbreaking at the same time. Tabitha’s development and Aunt Tweet’s actions throughout the story gives the reader a look into the difficulties of being the sole caregiver for a family member. On the other end it doesn’t seem as if the same thought is put into the other characters; Lean on Me by Pat SImmons is a contemporary romance that follows Tabitha Knicely during her turn to care for her Aunt Tweet who has Alzeihmer’s. The premise sounds sweet with a cute romance, and it is, but it’s also heartbreaking at the same time. Tabitha’s development and Aunt Tweet’s actions throughout the story gives the reader a look into the difficulties of being the sole caregiver for a family member. On the other end it doesn’t seem as if the same thought is put into the other characters; Marcus is described as someone who gives second chances to those who would otherwise not get them, but his thoughts at the beginning are the opposite. I could also not understand why Tabitha and her sisters would choose for their aunt to move between them every 6 months, it just does not seem to be a realistic option for some suffering from dementia. Overall it was a good read once you get past the hurdle that is the beginning. Advanced copy provided by NetGalley
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Christian book about the joys and the hardships of caring for a family member with dementia. It follows a young professional as she cares for her elderly aunt with Alzheimer's. The caregiving situations are very real and shows the frustrations in accurate detail. There is also a unexpected romance to add to the mix. I enjoyed this book and would recommend as a quick easy to read book.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    Lean on Me by Pat Simmons is an inspiring story about the highs and lows of an Alzheimer's caregiver in dealing with family, love and illness in compassionate and Christian way.Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book through NetGalley, When I began to read this book I did not realize it was a Christian romance but I continued to read it and really enjoyed it. The characters were wonderfully created with normal flaws that made them realistic. This story is heartbreaking for anybody, but especially for those that have dealt with a family member suffering through dementia or Alzheimer’s. It showed the true hardships that a caregiver experiences plus the love and appreciation that they also I received this book through NetGalley, When I began to read this book I did not realize it was a Christian romance but I continued to read it and really enjoyed it. The characters were wonderfully created with normal flaws that made them realistic. This story is heartbreaking for anybody, but especially for those that have dealt with a family member suffering through dementia or Alzheimer’s. It showed the true hardships that a caregiver experiences plus the love and appreciation that they also receive. Aunt Tweet was a wonderful lady and I felt the author portrayed a strong female character with her. I loved to hear her stories and not knowing g what was or wasn’t fact actually made the book better. The romance was sweet and I was rooting for Marcus to win Tabitha over. This is a lovely book that will move you and leave you wanting to hug a senior in your life. While I’m not keen of that much religion in the book I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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  • Angel Hatfield
    January 1, 1970
    Marcus wasn’t expecting to see a woman on his surveillance camera , trespassing on his domain according to his security camera this wasn’t the first visit. What was going on? Marcus lived in Overdrive Court for four years. Clearly security had been breached. He didn’t have time for this. It was Monday morning and he had to get to the office. Whittington Janitorial Services, the company he started with his older brother Demitrius was twelve minutes from his house. Unlike his siblings, Marcus wasn Marcus wasn’t expecting to see a woman on his surveillance camera , trespassing on his domain according to his security camera this wasn’t the first visit. What was going on? Marcus lived in Overdrive Court for four years. Clearly security had been breached. He didn’t have time for this. It was Monday morning and he had to get to the office. Whittington Janitorial Services, the company he started with his older brother Demitrius was twelve minutes from his house. Unlike his siblings, Marcus wasn’t a fan of city living. He made a mental note to check his video surveillance more often and start watching that woman. Tabitha strolled into her kitchen, her Aunt Tweet had settled into a routine since coming to live with her two weeks ago. Altzheimers was slowly attacking Aunt tweets brain cells. One minute her aunt was absent minded, repeating tasks- craving snacks, especially sweets, as if they hadn’t finished a meal not long ago. Than in the blink of an eye Aunt Tweet would turn into a game show junkie. Tabitha had been at a medical convention when she got a call from her older sister Kym and told Aunt tweet was in the custody of the Philly Police department. Their youngest sister Rachel was on the phone too, Kym told hert they suspected her aunt had Alzeimers. Tabitha left the concert early and got a nonstop flight to Philly, Kym was already on the road from Baltimore, and rachel had booked a flight from nashville. The sisters pulled together as they always did in a crisis. They had gone not only out of a sense of duty but Aunt tweet was important in their lives. She met everything to them, especially after the death of their parents. Once they met in Philly , they made it a point to share in the responsibility of their great aunt’s well being. Each taking care of her six months at a time. Tabitha had to refocus as she smiled at her aunt lovingly. Today Aunt Tweet would stay at an upscale adult day care while Tabitha began her first day at a new job. Tabitha hoped god would reveal a cure to eradicate or reverse this horrible disease before it was too late for her Aunt. Aunt Tweet had went for a walk while Tabitha had still been sleeping and she lost her vintage scarf on a porch but not on tabitha’s porch. Tabitha rushed to take her aunt to look for the scarf and she snuck to the porch as her aunt pointed it out but didn’t see the scarf. Tabitha went a second time and the scarf was in sight and just as she reached it an imposing man stood in the door. Judging from his snarl and piercing eyes Tabitha felt it better to run. Marcus took responsibility seriously, it had been drilled into his head. Marcus rtold “ Older people are jewels and I refuse to stand by and watch someone treat them carelessly.” She cast him an angry glare and said “The jewel of my family is in that car” “ Unless you’ve been a caregiver for a loved one don’t judge someone who is,” and stormed back to her car. Marcus fummed on his way to work , he wasn’t sure if it eas about Tabitha’s mistreatment of the elderly person or his losing his temper. That was so uncharacteristic of him. Tabitha considered herself a people’s person but today Marcus had pushed her buttons. She didn’t like him. Tabitha renamed Marcus “ The Jerk”. I enjoyed this book a lot. It was an easy, quick read, and sometimes an emotional book. I chuckled at times than choked up at others while reading this book. I loved the pace and ploit. I also liked learning more about Alzeihermers and Dementia. This showed the difficulties of caring for a sick loved one. I wasn’t too fond of marcus’s brother demetriu, it was like he was more for himself than anything. I got a little angry at Kym and Rachel and some of the things they said about Tabitha. I liked the growth we were shown in Marcus. I loved Marcus and tabitha together. He was so much into family. Especially elderly members. I loved Tabitha and how she loved her great Aunt Tweet and tried to do right by her great aunt as she and her sisters had discussed. I would have loved to rate this a 4.5. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend it.
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  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a sweet read that displays the concept of unconditional love. The book give readers a story of love and dedication to family as sisters alternate taking care of their Aunt Tweet who is sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In this story it’s Tabitha Knicely’s turn to care for her aunt. Aunt Tweet decides to wander to neighbor Marcus Whittington’s porch. Marcus, although attracted to Tabitha from the start, accuses her of elder neglect and threatens to call the police. Another reason I This book is a sweet read that displays the concept of unconditional love. The book give readers a story of love and dedication to family as sisters alternate taking care of their Aunt Tweet who is sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In this story it’s Tabitha Knicely’s turn to care for her aunt. Aunt Tweet decides to wander to neighbor Marcus Whittington’s porch. Marcus, although attracted to Tabitha from the start, accuses her of elder neglect and threatens to call the police. Another reason I enjoyed the book is that the author reveals some of the joys and challenges of the role of a caregiver. She didn’t bog the story down in the heaviness of Tabitha’s responsibilities and sacrifices but gave more weight to the romance between Tabitha and Marcus.The characters are likeable and I believe the author touched on a topic that’s a lot more common than written about. This disease has touched my family firsthand so I commend Tabitha and her sisters in sharing the responsibility because caregiving is a life changing role and can weigh heavy on a person if they don’t have backup and resources to help. This leads me to wonder how much research the author did or was her sole purpose not to weigh the story down with in-depth heaviness of caregiving? There are resources that are offered and I couldn’t help but wonder why Tabitha and her sisters didn’t find out what was offered for help. It wasn’t until the end of the story when it was mentioned about getting Aunt Tweet a sitter. And I know firsthand that most people who have Alzheimer’s do not like a change of environment or new or unfamiliar people but Aunt Tweet didn’t seem to have any adverse reaction being around unfamiliar people except once during story time with the children.I like the communication between the sisters and that they did video calls to keep in touch and check up on Aunt Tweet’s well being. I liked Marcus. He is a caring man and was there for a lot of people. His character seemed to be more developed than the others. We saw the business side of Marcus and his caring side. And it was a little scary and unreal how Marcus cared too much. He didn’t seem to hesitate or think twice about helping Latrice or Tabitha. Tabitha’s character didn’t seem to be as developed to me. All I can say about her is she’s a pharmaceutical rep and caregiver for her aunt. With the role she was in I wanted to see more realness, something readers in that role could relate to.Though I enjoyed the book and reading about a real life illness the story was just too close to perfect and sweet for me. Readers who enjoy sweet happiness during a challenging situation, and no real suspense or drama would love reading this book.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Lean on Me was a mixed bag for me. Simmons does a fantastic job of creating a scenario where someone in the prime of their career is put in a position of being a caregiver for an older relative with memory issues. In her story, it's Tabitha, a pharmaceutical rep that agrees to split time with her two sisters taking care of their Aunt Tweet. And boy, does she make it clear how difficult it can be. On top of that, Tabitha meets Marcus during Aunt Tweet's not-so-lucid moments when she ends up on Lean on Me was a mixed bag for me. Simmons does a fantastic job of creating a scenario where someone in the prime of their career is put in a position of being a caregiver for an older relative with memory issues. In her story, it's Tabitha, a pharmaceutical rep that agrees to split time with her two sisters taking care of their Aunt Tweet. And boy, does she make it clear how difficult it can be. On top of that, Tabitha meets Marcus during Aunt Tweet's not-so-lucid moments when she ends up on his patio and the pair end up falling for each other after getting off to a rocky start. In some regards, with an incredibly understanding boss and a man that's willing to help Tabitha care for herself, she gets luckier than many people may be when trying to care for a loved one. The downside of this to me was that there are points where when it isn't about emotional connections it can feel very stilted and like a product pitch campaign - where Tabitha is reciting drugs it feels like a commercial for the product, and the author specifically mentions franchise restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Bonefish Grill. I struggle with the lack of sympathy Marcus and Tabitha's siblings have for their relationship - Marcus' brother feels like he is a sucker that should be focused on running their company and Tabitha's sisters feel like she shouldn't be getting into a romantic relationship when she has their aunt to care for. I will also confess that I'm not an overly religious person, and wasn't aware when I received an ARC from NetGalley for review that Simmons was considered a Christian/Inspirational author, so the parts that focused heavily on church, faith and religion didn't do much for me - but that's purely a personal preference and not a criticism of that aspect of Simmons' writing style.
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  • J
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story that needs to be told and one that everyone should read. Unless you walk in someone else's shoes you don't know what they are going through. Pat Simmons tells the story of Tabitha who is a pharmaceutical rep who becomes the caregiver of her Aunt Tweet who has Alzheimer's. In the morning while Tabitha was getting ready to go to work, her aunt would disappear and end up at a neighbors house and sit on his porch. Marcus wasn't too happy about that and threated to dial 911 if it This is a story that needs to be told and one that everyone should read. Unless you walk in someone else's shoes you don't know what they are going through. Pat Simmons tells the story of Tabitha who is a pharmaceutical rep who becomes the caregiver of her Aunt Tweet who has Alzheimer's. In the morning while Tabitha was getting ready to go to work, her aunt would disappear and end up at a neighbors house and sit on his porch. Marcus wasn't too happy about that and threated to dial 911 if it didn't stop. She did try but it only took a second and she would be gone. Finally, she said maybe if you walked in my shoes you would understand. That made him think about what she said and he started being kind. At first, Tabitha was leary of his offers but over time she realized he really did want to help.Marcus learned what it was like to try to juggle a job and be a caretaker. Even though she found an adult daycare for her aunt, it didn't leave any time for her. Marcus kept telling Tabitha that he was going to be a caretaker for her like she was to her aunt. She didn't have time to take care of herself so he was going to help her. I thought that was a wonderful thing to do and realized that this was what being a caregiver was like. This was a well-written book that put the spotlight on being a caregiver and all that it involves. I hope everyone reads this book because many will become caretakers and for those of us that aren't, we may step up and offer to help someone who is. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review. My honest review is this was a story that needs to be told and needs to be read because there is more and more people that are going to have to step into the role. This gives us an idea of what they are going to go through. Thank you, Pat Simmons, for writing this book.
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  • MidnightAce Book Bar
    January 1, 1970
    The author gives a very real and heartfelt story of the rewards and challenges of a caregiver, particularly Alzheimer. The truth of the matter is no one should go at it alone, but often-times they do. When the Knicely sisters makes a pact to co-care for Aunt Tweet, it is an admirable and they soon find out, a huge undertaking.In Lean on Me, we journey with Tabitha and her experience of seeing firsthand how this disease slowly deteriorates our love ones and strips them from who they once were. The author gives a very real and heartfelt story of the rewards and challenges of a caregiver, particularly Alzheimer. The truth of the matter is no one should go at it alone, but often-times they do. When the Knicely sisters makes a pact to co-care for Aunt Tweet, it is an admirable and they soon find out, a huge undertaking.In Lean on Me, we journey with Tabitha and her experience of seeing firsthand how this disease slowly deteriorates our love ones and strips them from who they once were. When aunt Tweet started her disappearing acts to the residence of one Marcus Washington, he is baffled and concern with this stranger always sitting on his porch. When he finally addresses the woman and her caregiver, it was with impatience and full of threats. Tabitha knew the lifestyle of ever-changing schedules and routines was inevitable.By the time Marcus was able to see what she was up against, he to was captivated by aunt Tweet. Before long Tabitha and Marcus is on a fast-track to friends—lovers—co-caregivers. Tabitha and Marcus give a true example of finding peace and strength through faith and each other.I found this story to be relatable and the characters well written. It will take you on an emotional ride, but it’s worth the time. Already looking forward to the other sister’s experiences.Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks for an opportunity to read and give honest feedback.
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  • Mrs. Varela
    January 1, 1970
    Lean on Me by Pat Simmons is a tastefully written story of three sisters caring for their great Aunt Tweet who suffers from Alzheimer's. The sisters, Tabitha, Kym, and Rachel agree to care for her in their homes every six months. Tabitha who is first brings Aunt Tweet into the family home without fully realizing what she's getting into. One of the first challenges Tabitha faces is when she finds that every morning her aunt slips out the house and sits on the porch of a neighbor. He's disgruntled Lean on Me by Pat Simmons is a tastefully written story of three sisters caring for their great Aunt Tweet who suffers from Alzheimer's. The sisters, Tabitha, Kym, and Rachel agree to care for her in their homes every six months. Tabitha who is first brings Aunt Tweet into the family home without fully realizing what she's getting into. One of the first challenges Tabitha faces is when she finds that every morning her aunt slips out the house and sits on the porch of a neighbor. He's disgruntled at the intrusion and threatens to call the police. Not only that, Marcus tells Tabitha that she is not equipped to be a caregiver.As Marcus begins to see for himself just how challenging it is to be a caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient, his heart begins to melt and a friendship between he, Tabitha, and Aunt Tweet begins. One that Tabitha doesn't fully trust. What happens next will keep readers turning page after page as they fall in love with the main characters.Pat Simmons does an amazing job as a storyteller. She is able to bridge Christian values with everyday issues while giving readers thoughts to ponder long after they've finished reading her books. I have given this book fives stars because she's done just that for me. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    One of the perks of belonging to NetGalley.com and getting books to read is that I get introduced to new-to-me authors and find some clean, wholesome reading material. Pat Simmons is working on a series of novels about three sisters and their Aunt Tweet (suffering from dementia). The first novel in the series takes the middle sister, Tabitha Knicely, and details her struggles with Aunt Tweet. The specific trouble Tabitha has with Aunt Tweet is that Aunt Tweet tends to wander around the One of the perks of belonging to NetGalley.com and getting books to read is that I get introduced to new-to-me authors and find some clean, wholesome reading material. Pat Simmons is working on a series of novels about three sisters and their Aunt Tweet (suffering from dementia). The first novel in the series takes the middle sister, Tabitha Knicely, and details her struggles with Aunt Tweet. The specific trouble Tabitha has with Aunt Tweet is that Aunt Tweet tends to wander around the neighborhood and ends up on one man's porch for a rest before finishing her walk. Marcus Whittington takes Tabitha to task for not taking care of Aunt Tweet and implies she's not up to the task of caring of someone in Aunt Tweet's mental condition. But something about Aunt Tweet and Tabitha works inroads into Marcus' well-ordered life. There are angst, humor, sass, and epiphanies throughout the book, which make it all the more enjoyable. The characters have a believable reality that make them exceptionally likable. This is a five-star book, with two thumbs up, and a lemonade on the front porch.My thanks to SourceBooks Casablanca and NetGalley.com for providing the galley I read for this review.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book that I have read by this author. I liked the story and how it showed unconditional love for your family even in the difficult times. In this book Tabitha and her sisters Kym and Rachel are sharing in the care of their Aunt Tweet who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. They all live in different cities and have decided to look after her for 6 months at a time. It is Tabitha's turn to care for Aunt Tweet and although she has done a lot of research on the disease and This is the first book that I have read by this author. I liked the story and how it showed unconditional love for your family even in the difficult times. In this book Tabitha and her sisters Kym and Rachel are sharing in the care of their Aunt Tweet who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. They all live in different cities and have decided to look after her for 6 months at a time. It is Tabitha's turn to care for Aunt Tweet and although she has done a lot of research on the disease and what to expect it is not what she expected. It is very stressful trying to care for her and have a full-time job and Aunt Tweet does not make it easy. This story really opened my eyes to what it takes to care for someone with Alzheimer's as well as the changing symptoms involved with the disease. I liked the other characters in the book including Marcus and how they added to the story. This book is the first in a trilogy and I am looking forward to what happens during the rest of the series.I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Sourcebooks Casablanca through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Carol Deegan
    January 1, 1970
    This Christian book is an amazing story of the ups and downs of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Tabitha and her sisters agreed to take care of their aunt on a six-month rotation so she does not have to go to a nursing home. Aunt Tweet stays with Tabitha first, and Tabitha has a very hard time adjusting not only to care for her aunt, but to her new job. Through Tweet’s wandering she meets a man who does not understand and he threatens to call 911 and turn Tabitha in for neglect. Getting to know them, This Christian book is an amazing story of the ups and downs of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Tabitha and her sisters agreed to take care of their aunt on a six-month rotation so she does not have to go to a nursing home. Aunt Tweet stays with Tabitha first, and Tabitha has a very hard time adjusting not only to care for her aunt, but to her new job. Through Tweet’s wandering she meets a man who does not understand and he threatens to call 911 and turn Tabitha in for neglect. Getting to know them, he witnesses many of the emotions of both Tabitha and Aunt Tweet, changes his attitude and eventually becomes a caregiver for the caregiver. The author does a fabulous job of demonstrating the emotions of all the characters. According to the Author’s Note at the end of the book, this is a series. I am definitely looking forward to the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been or is a caretaker or anyone who is looking to help a caretaker. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca. All opinions stated here are my own.
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  • Gladys
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that this was an incredibly beautiful and powerfully heartfelt read. I truly believe that this is a book that is really going to connect with many readers. So many of us will see ourselves in Tabitha. From personal experience I know how hard it is to be a caregiver to someone you love. It is such a complex situation, and honestly, I believe that it is just not possible to fully understand this situation until you find yourself smack dab in the middle of it. As if that is not enough to I thought that this was an incredibly beautiful and powerfully heartfelt read. I truly believe that this is a book that is really going to connect with many readers. So many of us will see ourselves in Tabitha. From personal experience I know how hard it is to be a caregiver to someone you love. It is such a complex situation, and honestly, I believe that it is just not possible to fully understand this situation until you find yourself smack dab in the middle of it. As if that is not enough to make this a remarkable read, the author also cleverly flips the coin and showcases how things can look from the outside looking in. Almost anyone can relate to making snap judgements, without having all the info. Overall, I felt that this was a really good book that featured a nice romance and dealt with some very meaningful and important subjects. I will say that there were a couple plot points that seemed off the mark and didn't make the most sense to me but for the most part I thought that this book was a very solid read. I am freely choosing to post a sincere review.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    My second new-to-me author of the new year, and another winner! In Lean on Me Pat Simmons uses the story of Tabitha Knicely's caregiving for her Aunt Tweet who suffers from dementia to demonstrate the blessings and challenges of being a caregiver. Marcus Whittington's role in the story prompts readers to be more aware of the support needed by those in caregiving situations. God places people in our lives who need our time and attention with no strings attached. Simmons tells this story against a My second new-to-me author of the new year, and another winner! In Lean on Me Pat Simmons uses the story of Tabitha Knicely's caregiving for her Aunt Tweet who suffers from dementia to demonstrate the blessings and challenges of being a caregiver. Marcus Whittington's role in the story prompts readers to be more aware of the support needed by those in caregiving situations. God places people in our lives who need our time and attention with no strings attached. Simmons tells this story against a backdrop of a love story: Tabitha's love for her aunt, Marcus' and Tabitha's love for one another, and God's gracious love for each of us. She also inserts enough humor into the telling that readers do not become bogged down in the heaviness of Tabitha's responsibilities and sacrifices, and so that they can appreciate the deep emotions that make one willing to bear those things. I am grateful to have received a copy of Lean on Me from Sourcebooks via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle Copy for Review from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca.I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. A story of the times as the growing population is getting old and needs help. Caregivers find themselves trying to cope with taking care of the elderly population without help and lack of knowledge.We meet a pharmacist representative who cares for her aunt with Alzheimer but she still feels lost in providing health care for her. She tries to Kindle Copy for Review from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca.I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review. A story of the times as the growing population is getting old and needs help. Caregivers find themselves trying to cope with taking care of the elderly population without help and lack of knowledge.We meet a pharmacist representative who cares for her aunt with Alzheimer but she still feels lost in providing health care for her. She tries to cope as she takes her aunt to church on Sundays which she does not believe inn as it tests her faith.Her aunt tends to wander away and a she keeps frequent a certain porch. The owner at first thinks she is being neglected as he offers to be a part of her caregiver.Soon there is a bond between the two caregivers as they become more than friends. Sometimes the burden is less when you have someone to share. Love sneaks up when you least expect it.
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