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This is a riveting story about the heartache of cancer and we follow the story of Sara, and her journey to stay alive and how she met a man named Ben. Read this story and see if you can do so without shedding a tear. I loved reading this book, the characters and storyline, and I would recommend it. Download a copy today you will not be disappointed.
Oh my goodness! I have never read a book by Paulette before and I’m kicking myself! Her story telling is more than I bargained for and ripped at my heart strings. She writes and tells a story beyond a disease and diagnosis showing that there’s so much more to life and people and the characters work through their journey. I’m a little speechless in a good way!
Ms Mahurin is developing quite a reputation for thoughtfully tackling subjects most writer would not touch. And she does it with extraordinary compassion, imbuing her charcters with sometimes disturbing reality, truth and perceptivness as she makes the reader's heart bleed (in the case of ...Ben) and cheer (....Mildred Dunlap) all the while translating pain into strength and dignity.
It is a gift that many authors only play at. You know the ones. It's something about authenticity and wisdom. Ms Mahurin has it. Along with a beautiful and lyrical ability to spin her tale with intelligence and pristine editting.
I felt conected to Sara and Ben so much that I coouldn't stop the tears. The book is based on real people and I would so love to find out how "Sarah" is making out today. BTW, I loved the delivery in the ending...straight forward and dignified, creating all the more emotion by avoiding the overwrought and obvious. Just perfect.
This was such a heartbreaking, emotional, and wonderful read. Two cancer patients - both with issues from their past, the will to live, and the hope to find meaning in living. I found this to be a profound look at life, love, and the choices we make along the way. Such a beautiful story of the human spirit and overcoming adversity. Be prepared for all the feels.
Characters: 5/5 Plot: 5/5 Word Building: 5/5 Story Flow: 5/5
A story about finding joy amongst the ashes of one's life, this tale asks the reader to envision what they would do if they had just a few weeks left. Poignant and heartfelt, this book leaves the reader with all the right questions and a new perspective about love, loss and hope.
The title kind of reveals the story , foreshadowing what is going to happen; this makes the novel extremely transparent in its intentions. This is a book about a journey, more than an outcome. It's about both rebirth and death. It's also realistically written and heartfelt, although you'll want to tear your hair out reading about the misfortunes that just seem to pile up on our protagonists.
Although the ending is sad, the story has an optimistic tone. Sarah has gone through a lot at a young age, but she sees the bright side of life. Despite of her own condition, she reaches out to love and to help another person like her. It is painful to read through the details of Sarah and Ben feeling ill and getting treatments, but the sadness can be offset by their love and Sarah’s cheerfulness. Other than the cancer, the two also have to deal with family issues, just like everyone else. A story makes you smile and cry.
His Name Was Ben is the story of two cancer patients, Sara and Ben, who are both enrolled in a last ditch, experimental study that could save their lives. When they fall in love, they find the kind of salvation that is irrespective of mere life or death. Sarah and Ben also share a dis-functional family life, lovers who disappointed and betrayed them, and a history of abusive relationships that makes it hard for each of them to open up and trust. I thoroughly enjoyed this unconventional but touching love story. To say that it has a happily ever after ending is a gross understatement. You will have to read it to understand what I mean. I highly recommend Mahurin's book - it will fill you with hope, and make you believe in true love once again. It might even heal you as it did them.
This was a bittersweet read. With the challenge of losing a loved one to cancer, this story follows the journey of two people who fall in love and work through the pain and grief alongside their dysfunctional families. There was a lot of reality and truth in this story, and a lot that the reader can take home. I recommend to anyone who likes to read realistic and heartwarming reads.
Wow...just wow...this book is so heartfelt and touching and yes scary and sad all at the same time. When you hear the word Cancer, you think all the worst possible outcomes, but this story proves that life is what you make of it and should be charished and lived to the fullest no matter your circumstances. Above all it shows that love can and does happen in it's own time.
This is a must read! I do suggest setting aside large chunks of time to read this because you wont want to put it down!