Troubador Mother is it Worth it?

Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838590734

eISBN: 9781838599744

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Mother is it Worth it?


Mother is it Worth it? Is a hilarious, heartwarming and deeply emotional memoir which seeks to explore two questions. Firstly, if it’s sensible to leave prosperous careers in suburbia and move to an idyllic spot in the countryside to enjoy an unstructured, unusual life, which leads to the realisation of what is really important for a contented existence.

Secondly, what would you do if a beloved family member becomes ill with a long-term disability, and you feel unable to place them in residential care?

The book looks at how Rusley Turner and her husband resolved these questions, in an inspiring recollection of caring for a relative with a mental illness, with sundry other snippets about their lives including moving to the Welsh Outback. It will appeal to readers who are thinking about, or already caring for a loved one, or those considering a change of pace in life.

I found this book to be heartwarming regarding the struggles in the author's description on moving to Wales to make a new life on a farm but, at the same time, helping her husband look after her mother-in-law who had Alzheimer`s Disease and who came to live with them. The author does not gloss over living with an Alzheimer`s sufferer but writes about the sheer hard work this involves, but there is love and laughter along the way.

by F.Stannard

Found this such a compelling book to read about the traumas that can happen in every day life, warm hearted and so emotionally written yet managing to see the funny side at times.
It all worked well for a complete change of lifestyle.

by A. Crossley

I found this such a compelling book to read about the traumas that can happen in every day life.
Warm hearted and emotionally written, yet managing to see the funny side at times.
It all worked out well for a complete change of lifestyle.

by Audrey Crossley

The author gives a vivid description of this beautiful region, so it is clear to see why the couple fell in love with it. The story is one of hope, determination and devotion to their family member, and to the farm on which they have given their all.

The book grabs your attention from the first page, and holds it through to the last, so it's difficult to put down. One of the best memoirs I've read, so highly recommended.

by M. Smith

This book is a most enjoyable read. It is very well written, covering a wide range of interesting and often amusing aspects of a fascinating life, which has included making a new life on a farm in an idyllic and very scenic part of Wales.

In amongst a great variety of very entertaining stories about the area, home renovation, learning to farm and the farm animals, there are insights into caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s which are covered frankly, realistically and sometimes amusingly.

This is the best memoir I have read and I highly recommend it.

by Dennis Watts

I loved this wonderful book. The ups and downs of caring for a Mother with dementia and learning how to manage a welsh sheep farm. Written with such great humour and love.

by Annie East Anglia

This was a moving, funny and heart warming memoir about what happens when the author and her husband decide to give up the hustle and bustle of city life and move to a ramshackle farm along with the authors mother who has dementia.
This book deals with the difficult subject of Dementia with both humour and sensitivity and I did find myself both laughing out loud and crying at some of the situations Rusley describes.

Having cared for my own parents, one of whom had Alzheimers, I could recognize some of the things described within this book and was amazed that they took on both the challenged of renovating an old farm stead and looking after a sick elderly relative at the same time. But the love and care that the author obviously felt for her mother shone through on every page.

A very worthwhile read.

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