Today is my stop on the blog tour for Magic O Clock and Magical Memories! I had the chance to read both stories.
Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.
Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.
Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.
Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.
He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.
Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.
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This was just absolutely emotional and beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. The way the created LS Fellows wrote this story was magnificent, and in such a short amount of pages, an entire story was told.
Archie has dementia. I’ve only been around it once, so I have a bit of knowledge, but I pray I never know what it’s like to have a loved one go through this. It was heartwarming when Archie found himself at 3pm to tell his stories. I felt like I was in the room, listening to him. It was devastating when he declined again, and the disease took back over. Wow! What an emotional journey I was taken on.
I highly recommend this one. It will have you laughing along side Archie, and crying along side our narrator. It’s beautiful.
As Archie Royle takes his final breath, three sisters race to say their goodbyes.
Two don’t make it in time.
And now, it’s all my fault they’re too late.
Despite him having dementia.
Despite them not visiting in over a month.
But I won’t let anger win.
After all, we’re all grieving, aren’t we?
Surely, as a family, we can let bygones be bygones.
It’s what Dad would want. Expect.
It’s what he deserves.
We have so much to be grateful for.
So many fond and magical memories to share.
Magical Memories is a fictional tale of loss, grief and moving on.
Magical Memories was even more emotional than Magic O’Clock (if that’s possible). I don’t know a lot about dementia, but I do know what it’s like to lose someone, and then plan a funeral.
The family drama in this story was both very realistic and sad at the same time. Unfortunately, in real life, not everyone agrees, even when it comes to something as important as remembering someone after death. I love the way LS Fellows uses this to bring us back to hope.
I highly recommend checking this one out after you read the first one. You won’t regret it!
Despite being born in England, my heart now lies in Spain. Many moons ago, I was a student in Granada, Spain. I loved it so much and swore I would return one day on a more permanent basis. In 2003, I did just that.
Now, as a fur-mum to two adorable but mischievous mutts, in my free time I can usually be spotted with my nose in a book, armed with just the teeniest chunk of chocolate and a zillion pomegranates!
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