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It’s Christmas Eve, and while Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home to Blue Hydrangeas, their Cape Cod bed and breakfast, a blizzard threatens to close the bridges, stranding all travelers to and from the Cape. As she prepares for the holiday, a few unexpected visitors arrive at the inn, all sharing the common bond of grief. Sara is determined the storm and sadness will not spoil Christmas, and that Santa will find his way to two fatherless children far from home.A sweet slice-of-life story about loved ones and strangers coming together to share the spirit of Christmas. Prequel to Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story
A beautiful, timeless story
When a major snowstorm threatens to disrupt Christmas for Sara, she must make the best of a difficult situation. When strangers show up at Blue Hydrangeas, Sara is reminded of her own deep loss. Her heart opens in unexpected ways as she waits to hear news from her husband and prepares to celebrate the holiday. Reading Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas is like stepping into another time. Marianne Sciucco creates a world that delights the senses and warms the heart. - Ann Campanella, author of Motherhood, Lost and Found
Loved reading this prequel to the beautiful book Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story
Such a sweet read. I loved Blue Hydrangeas, and now I love reading about Sara and Jack before Sarah became ill. Wonderful book to read as the holiday season approaches, filled with the warmth of family and goodwill to all from the good in Jack and Sarah's hearts. - Jean Lee, author of Alzheimer's Daughter
A wonderful Christmas story
A poignant story about love, loss and friendship. Sara has an exceptionally large heart, as does her family. I'm not going to give you any spoilers, so don't look for 'em! I read the book earlier in the year and read it again today. It's a great book, and has lessons to be learned; about love, and kindness, and friendship. Well worth the read!!! For a quick read I give it 20 stars!!! - Tamara Ingram
Insightful and heartwarming
I am expecting this book to become a film on Hallmark channel any time! It is beautiful, deeply thought provoking, gentle, and warming. It is a snapshot of one group of people, besieged by a snow storm, on Christmas. It shows those important values of understanding, introspection, and growth in a kind and ever-impressing way. I highly recommend it for all ages. - Connie Wehmeyer
Beautiful, heartwarming story
Really the blurb says it all. Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas is a heart warming story about love - for family and strangers. Despite being concerned for her husband and son, Sara does not hesitate to take in those who arrive at her B&B. She is determined to make this a special Christmas for these travelers. Marianne Sciucco has created a wonderful, warm, find, caring world where I was happy to be an observer. - Bernadette Cinkoske
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. She is a co-founder and administrator of AlzAuthors, a global community of authors writing about Alzheimer's and other dementias. A native Bostonian, she lives in New York’s Hudson Valley, and, when not writing or teaching classes in independent publishing, works as a campus nurse at a community college.
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