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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she
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Published May 15th 2014 by ChristophFischerBooks (first published May 10th 2014)
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Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story telling from Christoph. He tugged at my heart and delivered a tale that stuck with me long after I read the last line. It is a very emotional read and one that takes the reader on the journey that highlights the many facets of Alzheimer's. I've personally never been affected by the disease, but this novel made me feel like I experienced the hurdles along with Walter and Biddy Korhonen.
A beautiful read that is heartbreakingly bitter-sweet. Superb writing.
Marsha Graham
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Kindle freebie about living with loved one with Alzheimer's disease. It recounts the tale of a somewhat dysfunctional British family where the mother has mid-stage Alzheimer's and the stresses and regrets as well as the resentments and isolation that can occur. Very good telling.
esther benezra
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good story presented by Hanna, a young women at an involuntary crossroads in her career at He 40, and Walter an aging man who is having a new career caring for his aging wife as she goes through the stages of Alzheimer's disease.

I enjoyed observing Hanna trying to help her dad and caring for her mother with compassion and patience for both of them. also the distinction so rampant in most families even though the parents have done their powers to bring up their children with the bes
Joyce Wetherbee
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was hesitant to read this book. I wasn't sure I wanted to watch someone deteriorate as Alzheimer's claims progressively more of their independence, self-awareness, and memories. But I shouldn't have worried. True to form, Fischer handled the subject with his characteristic deftness, sensitivity, and balance. Telling this story was indeed a balancing act.

The story revolves around the Korhonen family. Biddy is the matriarch in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. Walter is the long-suffer
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-beauties
This story hits really close to home with me. My Greatgrandmother, who has passed and my grandfather, who is alive, both had/have Alzheimer’s. In my opinion it is the worst disease around. You watch your loved one's forget everything, names, stories even how to live. This story has me in tears because the author truly understands and makes the story relate to everyone. I was brought up in a family that takes care of their own, no homes or live in nurses, we move in with one another and make it w ...more
Mary Anne
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The subject of this book pulled me in. It focused on a family dealing with their mother's battle with Alzheimers. Since my Mom is suffering from dementia, I thought that even though this was fiction, it may give me a little more understanding of how to cope with the changes this disease brings both to the patient and the other family members. Mostly what I got from the book is a realization that you pretty much need to take each day as it is and enjoy the little things and the happy times as the ...more
Bob Rector
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Those who are familiar with Christoph Fischer's work will not be surprised that his new book, A Time To Let Go, is another poignant, thoughtful, and engrossing examination of that most complex structure, the family. The flame of kinship draws each member closer in desperate need of its warmth, even though getting too close can be devastating and sometimes dangerous.

Time To Let Go is a contemporary novel set in England and its protagonist is Hanna, a career flight attendant, who finds herself on
Anna Burke
A touching family account of coping with Alzheimer's...

Time to Let Go is a fictionalized account of a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. The disorder gets a good deal of attention nowadays even though too little is yet known about it. Alzheimer’s poses a host of challenges, large and small, not only for those who suffer with the disease, but for friends and family who must standby, and step in, as a loved one fades away. Christoph Fischer’s book personalizes all of that, featuring a creditable acc
Gail Nelson
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally gripping, beautifully written story. Amazing character portrayal. A must read!!
Wanda Hartzenberg
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is truly a touching story. Biddy, the sufferer of a disease that is taking not only her children, husband and memories is struggling to cope with the most basic and logical of everyday tasks. Her daughter, after suffering a traumatic event at work returns home to hide from her own problems only to find her mothers state has worsened and her dad is not coping as well as he would have them believe.

It is Walter, Biddy's husband, father of three that touched me the most in this story. He has im
S. Rose
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heartrendingly realistic and profoundly intimate. As I read Time to Let Go, I often felt as if I’d snuck inside a closet in Walter and Biddy Korhonen’s home, and helplessly watched through the keyhole as they struggled with one of life’s all too familiar tragedies. From time to time, I wanted to take their daughter Hanna and her brother Henrik aside and tell them, “I know you mean well, but you simply can’t push your father to put Biddy in a nursing home before he is completely ready!” The angui ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting and thought provoking look at looking after someone with Alzheimer's.
Uvi Poznansky
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I talk about the quality of the writing, let me outline the story in Time To Let Go. Having witnessed an incident on a plane, Hanna Korhonen, a flight attendant, comes to realize how quickly life can be over. Which brings to mind her parents, who are almost 80 years old. She come home to them, with the hope of running away from her own difficulties at work—only to find herself facing a much more daunting problem. Her mother, Biddy, who used to be such an energetic woman, is now in the gri ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved that this story showed the relationship of the entire family, how this disease doesn't involve just the carrier.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
TIME TO LET GO by Christoph Fischer

This is a heartbreaking story but at the same time it has some wonderful moments.

Biddy and Walter are both nearly eighty and have always been devoted to each other. They have two sons Henrik and Patrick and a daughter Hanna all living independently away from home. The story is about how things change and all the family is affected when Biddy develops Alzheimers Disease.

We join them when Hanna, who is an air hostess on long haul duty suffers a trauma at work
Helen Walraven
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been here

This book was right in so many ways. My mother suffered from dementia. Some days were fine, some not. Reading the struggle this family went through, brought me back to memories of my own. This sickness can happen to any of us and this book gives the readers a very clear picture of the pain that strikes many. Very well written.
Lilian Roberts
Christoph Fischer I am at awe!!! “TIME TO LET GO” is another remarkable book!!!
It is the 4th book I have read by Christoph Fisher and I am rendered speechless. In this novel, the author has elegantly and brilliantly guided me through the difficult moments in the life of a British family that is trying to cope with the complexity of the heartwrenching disease Alzheimer’s.

Walter Korhonen is a man full of principals. He fell in love and married Biddy, a capable, energetic and warm person and toget
Inge Borg
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone with a family
The bitter-sweet title of this novel says it all. But when should one; how does one let go of a loved one?

Christoph Fischer's newest, fourth, novel deals with the difficult subject of a grown woman suddenly confronted by her aged parents' frailties; they are both in their eighties. To compound her re-entry into her parents lives is the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in her mother who has turned into an uncomprehending childlike dependent. The father tries to cope with the loss of his wife's compan
Katy O'Dowd
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Fischer’s newest novel is a modern departure – and if you haven’t read his historical novels that make up the Three Nations Trilogy, you’re in for a treat.

But back to the book in question, and Time To Let Go not only has a magnificent cover which makes a poignant sense once you have read the novel, but also a truly wonderful, brave story.

Told in his fabulous writing style and with that ease in which he portrays relationships, Time To Let Go is about Hanna the dutiful daughter who needs
M.C.V. Egan
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This FIVE STAR READ is for everyone. I would be perfectly comfortable with my teen son reading this book. Time To Let Go is a magnificently woven yarn that shows a complete understanding of human frailty in all of its characters. The superficial close knit family ties are unraveled as the characters shortcomings come to light. At the same time the characters find strength, courage and depth. It is a timeless story that in today’s global connection could really take place anywhere, using generati ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It is a novel about sensitive tissue of a family life and relationships and a study of human behaviour.
It is a very intimate portrayal of characters, situations and particularly Biddy's illness and her family's reactions to it. The novel actually felt like I'm reading Walter's chronicles. The characters are realistic, easy to relate and understand them.

I liked the way the story unravelled, although I feel the pace towards the end was somewhat hastened. I missed Biddy towards the end, bu
Judith Lucci
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Time to let go by Christoph Fischer is a beautifully written, poignant and true to life novel that captures the challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Author Fisher does an extraordinary job in articulating the multi- faceted complexities of this horrible, but common disease that robs us of our personhood, self-respect, and life. He carefully chronicles aspects of the malady and presents the emotional turmoil and family dynamics as realistically as they can be presented. ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book may be Fischer's best yet. I read it in one afternoon and literally could not put it down.

Buddy is a sweet woman dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's disease. We get a sense of her views of her plight through the memories of her husband, Walter.

Walter is simply devastated by his wife's illness and deals with it any way he can- even when his children don't approve.

When his daughter, Hannah, comes to visit after a problem at work, his life is turned upside down, and as a result, is fo
Shell Swinscoe
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a wonderful, tugging at the heart strings read. after looking after sufferer's at various stages of the illness this story was an insight to how it affects the family! thank you x
Adriano Bulla
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We meet the Korhonens family when Biddy, the mother is at a fairly advanced stage of Alzheimer's; the story starts no long before things will become unmanageable for her husband, Walter. The focus shifts between Walter and his daughter Hanna, who have two slightly different approaches to caring for Biddy. The feeling that a peaceful, 'normal' life can be easily disrupted by Fate is present from the very first pages, what we as readers do not realise at the beginning is that Hanna's life is about ...more
Lana Axe
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this emotionally gripping story, Biddy struggles with the affects of Alzheimer's under the watchful eye of her loving husband Walter. I immediately connected with Walter's character, as I was allowed to explore the inner workings of his mind. Not only does he have a few age-related health issues of his own, his entire life has been turned upside down by his wife's condition. He has had to give up on some of the things he loves in order to keep watch over Biddy at all times.

Seeing through his
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am glad the author agreed for me to read this book and take a chance on my review.

When I read the blurb of the book I just knew if it was written well I would love it. Not knowing the way this author writes, or even heard of him, I was hoping I would be right.

My enjoyment of this book was immense. I read this in one sitting today from cover to cover. Christopher Fischer has a wonderful way of weaving a good story subject that many of us in our families either are going through or gone through
Selena Haskins
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story reminded me of the movie, The Notebook with a twist. When Hanna Korhonen tries to run away from a tragic event she faced as an airline steward, she faces more issues than what she bargained for when she moves in with her parents. Walter, who is Hanna's father, is a straight-forward man with a gentle heart when it comes to his wife Elizabeth "Bitty" Korhoenen, who is suffering with Alzheimers' disease. Hanna finds herself in the same position of having to care for someone the way she d ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read Time To Let Go is rather like having swooped down on an ordinarily-dysfunctional family and experienced their lives for a while, and I was left with the sensation of having been an invisible companion walking alongside the characters. Anyone who can empathise with people hurtling through life in careers that are beyond their sell-by dates, or who has cared for relatives with some of the cruel afflictions that nature can throw at human beings, will empathise with these folk, and recog ...more
Elias Zapple
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've watched quite a few plays and films in which they've dealt with the terrible effects of this disease. Each has handled it with care and tenderness whilst exposing the traumatic effect it has on those close to the person suffering from it. Time to Let Go tackles this form of dementia with similar tact.

Hanna has taken leave from her job as a flight attendant after going through a traumatic experience when trying to save the life of a woman and failing. She returns to her parents and witness t
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a smal ...more

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