Friday, July 6, 2018

Review: Left by Mary Hogan

by Mary Hogan

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 256
Format: book
Buy the Book: HarperCollins

Goodreads:  When life falls apart, a little fantasy goes a long way… 

It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay and Paul Agarra enjoying all the delights of a European holiday. A respected New York City judge, Paul has always been the man Fay can rely on, no matter what. When he inexplicably disappears from a Barcelona street corner, Fay knows something is terribly wrong. Once reunited, Paul shrugs off the episode as a simple misunderstanding—but Fay suspects her almost perfect life has taken a dark and sudden turn.

Soon there are more signs that Paul is beginning to change. Bouts of forgetfulness lead to mistakes in the courtroom. Simple tasks cause unexplainable outbursts of anger. Fay’s worst suspicions are realized when she learns her husband—her rock, her love, her everything—is succumbing to the ravages of dementia. 

As her husband transforms before her very eyes, Fay copes with her fears by retreating into a fantasy life filled with promise instead of pain. In Fay’s invented world, she imagines herself living a glamorous life free from heartache, with a handsome neighbor she barely knows rescuing her from a future she can’t accept. 

Kritters Thoughts:  An epic love story about a couple later in life.  Fay and Paul Agarra are on their dream vacation and a few things go a little array.  This sends this couple down a path that they are not prepared for and will change them forever.  

I loved this short and sweet little book.  With just over 250 pages and some big font in the copy I was reading, this was a perfect read for a day at the pool.  It was easy to get into this story and learn about this couple, how they met, how they fell in love and how their lives were changing in their later years.  I love when stories make me think about where I am at in life and remind me to count each day as a blessing and life it to the fullest because you don't know what tomorrow holds.  

I don't want to say too much about this book, because it is so little and would be easy to spoil.  But I liked how the author told the top moments of their love story, it all seemed fluid and right.  We were reading stories of their past in the midst of the present and it just worked so well.  

I loved this story and am excited to pass it onto others as a great example of a sweet and simple story about love.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. This sounds an emotional read. I doubt I'll be able to read two in a row either.


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