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His Name Was Ben

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastat ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Paulette Mahurin (first published 2014)
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Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sara and Ben's story is a dramatic love story!!
The dynamic, power and dramatic impact in Mahurins tale, is based on the fact that both of them have no time left to lose!!
They are caught within a very narrow and limited time frame..

Ben is a young lawyer having only months lo live due to a terminal cancer raging havoc in his body, and Sara is a survivor from breast cancer still struggling with it..

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage"
Lorna Lee
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mahurin, who wrote the wildly successful and award-winning "The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap," has done it again! She is an adept writer who knows how to create complex characters living complicated lives, tugging the reader into the world she creates. The details and dialog ring so true that I felt I was in the story with them, often forgetting that I was reading. Paulette Mahurin's writing is that good!

This time, we're drawn into the intimate lives of two cancer patients. It's clear Paulette
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I almost managed to read this book in one sitting. Almost.
Ben meets a girl. Ok a woman whom is treated by the same oncologist he is seeing for the first time...
So begins an epic love story at times raw with naked truth about cancer at others lyrical about the mere act of living. Between our main two protagonists is a dog. One Ben learns to love as both he and his new love interest learn how to take a crash coarse with coming to terms with what formed them, driven their actions and dictated how
Bill Ward
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished this book in very quick time as I didn't want to stop reading. It is a story about a couple who meet while suffering from terminal cancer and are taking a last throw of the dice, by volunteering for a trial of a promising but unproven treatment. Sounds like a recipe for a tear jerker. Well I did shed a few tears but actually this is in fact a very uplifting story because though their time together was limited, they found a love that we can all only hope to experience.
The st
Ty Patterson
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read schmaltzy love stories, this is not for you.

If you want to read about how to start living, when you are dying, then Paulette Mahurin's His Name was Ben, is just the story for you.

While death is ever present in the book, it's treated very maturely and the book is a love story of two strong people who do not fill their lives with self pity, rather they seize the moment and start loving.

And start living.

Strongly recommended. Mahurin is an author to watch out for.

Her stories are
Christoph Fischer
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“His name was Ben” by Paulette Mahurin is a beautifully written, bitter-sweet love story between two cancer patients, Ben and Sara, and really also between them and her Rottweiler dog Tazzie.
Sara, a nurse practitioner, develops an aggressive type of breast cancer, first detected by said dog, Tazzie. The story of her diagnosis and the initial treatment is full of raw emotion and written with great empathy and with amazing medical knowledge.
We also learn about her family background and the issues
Arletta Dawdy
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by real characters, Paulette Mahurin’s HIS NAME WAS BEN probes in rich depth a story about living life to the fullest. Many books are out in the world that tell of patients, friends and family dealing with their own or another’s journey with cancer. The exceptionally tender, fact-filled and emotionally laden difference here is the intense dissection of fear, love, hope and endurance.
Sara’s condition improves with experimental drug treatment after her double mastectomy. Much slower to h
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mahurin writes with heart and passion, a story not about facing death but what it is to be alive. And it's never too late. This every living, breathing moment, is here to be valued, a point driven home in this poignant read. This is a must read for anyone facing a terminal illness, anyone with a family me member with a terminal illness, or anyone wanting a glimpse into revelations that bring the miraculous living moment to the present, for joy and love. A truly beautiful romance novel that I wil ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This isn't my usual genre that I read but I was gripped from the first chapter. I was rooting for Sara from the start. Such a well written and honest work! I was gripped and as the tale unfolded I couldn't stop. The romantic in me really wished and wished for what would be a happy ending and I feel the way in which the author told the story left me satisfied, yet emotionally drained. It's rare to find a story that you are so invested and that's so well and sensitively written that can make someo ...more
Lee Fullbright
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An insightful , compassionate tale about love and life in the moment, when a moment is all there is. Both ordinary and extraordinary, Sara and Ben kept me up all night rooting for them, as did Mahurin of course, a writer of exceptional heart, for her tender and wise depiction of love against all odds.
Christina Hamlett
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The good news is feeling an instant chemistry with the handsome man sitting next to you in a waiting room. The bad news is that the waiting room is in a hospital and both of you are oncology patients with uncertain futures. Such is the premise of author Paulette Mahurin’s compelling and bittersweet new novel, “His Name Was Ben.” The storyline strikes a particularly poignant chord with me these days as one of my dearest friends is currently going through her second bout with cancer. “I can get th ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to start off with saying that Paulette Mahurin is an incredibly talented author. I can only hope to someday be half the writer she is. His Name Was Ben is another wonderful novel from Paulette Mahurin. I really love her books because she tells a great story about people who are not perfect, but are doing the best they can. Paulette Mahurin writes heartfelt stories about deeply flawed and human characters and about tragedy; after all, what would a great story be without a tragic event!
Dean C. Moore
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those real life dramas that I usually try to escape from in my reading, as opposed to plunge myself into. Especially when the tale is captured with this degree of vividness and proof that the author did her homework; there was no not feeling all the heart-wrenching emotions that go along with cancer therapy and struggling to survive the attempts to cure the person as much as the disease. But paradoxically, by making me live through this as if I were battling to survive late stage ...more
Wendy Steele
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Ben and Sara, two cancer patients who meet at Dr Zimmerman's surgery. With her dog Taz and best friend Ellen for support, Sara embarks on a new friendship, spending precious time with a new love in her life. The story is well paced and all the characters are well conceived, making this book a real page turner.

Beautifully crafted, this is a compelling and emotional read. As the main characters assess and analyse their own lives, I found myself looking at my own values and co
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read others' reviews of this endearing story and I have nothing by way of a useful review to add regarding the story itself or the writing. I agree with what others have said in theirs. However, . . . .

What I would like to acknowledge is the wonderful courage and amazing heart possessed by this story’s author. In her inimitable down-to-Earth style, in her unique way, Paulette tells, not just her own or another’s story, but generically each of our own stories too, demonstrating to us how
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story about a woman who has cancer and is trying to find the balance of life. while at the doctors office she meets Ben he turns her world upside down. This is an emotionally gripping story about a couple that overcomes many obstacles and also has to face reality. Great read that reminds us how precious life is.
Ellie Midwood
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“His name was Ben” is one of those stories that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. It starts with a story of Sara, who is battling breast cancer. As her condition deteriorates, she starts losing all hope and even desire to keep struggling when two things happen: her doctor announces that she had just been accepted into a new study which has been showing amazing results and, while sitting in Dr. Zimmerman’s waiting room, she sees a man filling out a patient’s form. Ben - she c ...more
Brenda Sorrels
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing

His Name was Ben by Paulette Mahurin surprised me only because I am not easily drawn to stories about illness, especially cancer patients. I guess they touch a little too close to home for me so, my tendency is to run in the other direction. I didn’t do that this time. The story drew me in right away as we are introduced to Sara and her beloved Rottweiler, Tazzie. We discover that Sara has been treated for breast cancer and is being accepted into a new and promising study by her oncologist, Dr.
Valerie Thomas
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with this… In the beginning, there were aspects of this novel that nagged at me. There were a couple instances of awkward dialogue, once or twice when I was surprised by a character’s behavior, and a small bit of ‘head-hopping.’ And yet I’m still rating it five stars. Why?

Because the story is that good. Despite those minor nits turning me against the novel at first, this is a plot that refuses to be ignored, bringing tears to my eyes at the very end and pulling me in further with
Melanie P. Smith
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Realistic and Inspiring…

“His Name was Ben” is a true love story. It follows the lives of two cancer patients. Sara has given up on life until she receives word from her oncologist that she has been accepted into a treatment program that has promise. She is hesitant to hope, but trusts the encouragement of her doctor. The day she receives her first treatment, she meets a man. Ben is also a cancer patient and has little hope for recovery, but is determined to beat his disease against all odds. Bot
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin

4.5 Stars

His Name Was Ben is an extremely moving story about two cancer sufferers who meet through their illness and form a relationship. It does read like an adult version of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which is still fresh in my mind and lost the book half a star for originality.

Written with compassion this book does not make light of the horrors of the disease, it is heartfelt and though not gory, it does cover the less than pleasant emotional and
Craig Furchtenicht
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my first go-round, reading the work of Paulette Mahurin. It will definitely not be my last. She had me from the first paragraph and kept me tight in her literary grips until the final line. I was thoroughly impressed by her skills as a writer but I would have to say her mastery of dialogue was the one that kept me fully committed to the novel. From the initial phone conversation with Ben to the tense banter between Sara and her seemingly callous mother, the cleverly orchestrated exchange ...more
Terry Sprouse
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“His Name was Ben” is a captivating love story between Sara and Ben, two people self- absorbed by their separate episodes with cancer, yet their lives achieve a new meaning when they meet each other. As we get to know these two scarred souls and the hard challenges they have already had to overcome, we come to like them more and more throughout this romantic tale.

I was particularly moved when Sara first met Ben in the waiting room. They chatted briefly and Sara was instantly attracted to the han
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Ms. Mahurin's first book, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, giving it a 5 star review, highly impressed with her grasp of character under duress. His Name Was Ben goes farther and deeper, dealing with the often terrifying concept of personal mortality, the extinction of life, while still trying to live with both positive and negative relationships, memories and the detritus of everyday living. Add to that, the very poweful desire to live each moment better and create something new, power ...more
Loren Lockner
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bittersweet and moving! This memorable romance involves two cancer survivors in their fifties; Ben and Sara, who find their own personal baggage more daunting than dealing with their disease. Sara lives alone, but has a true friend named Ellen and an awesome rescue dog called Tazzie. Sara finds the courage to approach a man called Ben who she meets at her doctor’s clinic. What unfolds is a lovely, meandering tale about two soul-mates, who, though being dealt a bad hand in life, learn that life i ...more
E.M. Cooper
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a powerful and heartrending novel! ‘His Name was Ben’ grips you from the beginning and takes you on an emotional and moving journey. At its heart, it’s a romance, but the players in this story are a couple facing a devastating future.

Sara, a nurse practitioner is dealing with a grim cancer prognosis after having a double mastectomy and enduring chemotherapy. When offered the chance to be on a new drug trial, she jumps at the opportunity. Her decision leads her to Ben, a NASA lawyer and pan
Ju Ephraime
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Paulette Mahurin’s Ben is a wonderful novel. The story of Sara, Ben and her dog, Tazzie started off sad and tragic, but it quickly changed. Imagine, if you will, being attracted to a man while you were fighting the big C. That the kind of story Mahurin has written. From the get go, I was drawn into the story and the lives of these unfortunate people who were both fighting cancer. The author left nothing to chance but takes you on a journey of life’s unfortunate circumstances, which in the end we ...more
James Atkinson
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning of this book, it seemed to me that the plot would spiral downwards to a tragic ending. But as the story unfolds it became clear that it is more about hope in the face of defeat. (These kinds of stories are always a favourite of mine)

The author does a great job in her writing, always setting the scene and capturing my imagination enabling me to be able to empathise with the characters involved.

“His name was Ben” is a very real account of the feelings and journeys of two cancer pa
Martin Perks
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crystal Clifton
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is from: His Name was Ben (Kindle Edition)
Wow Paulette has done it again, she has taken my breath away with this beautiful story about a couple that meet during their battle with Cancer. This is a love story about Living and Loving and accepting a life like no other. I just can't imagine not shedding tears while reading this book. Sara, Ben and Tazzie(Sara's dog) learn how to live in the face of death. I love Paulette's writing because she writes with such conviction and heart felt
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Paulette Mahurin is a best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best hist

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