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A story about ageing parents and the responses they receive from their children as life gets tougher and they ask for help. There are many surprises, and shocks too, as events steer them on an unpredictable course. They learn that their children are not the individuals they had imagined them to be; their perception of each changes and they suffer bitter disappointment. Is ...more
Published November 8th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received A Cross of Crocuses through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Did I enjoy A Cross of Crocuses? No. Was it a good book? Absolutely. It's a fascinating story that really makes the reader think and wonder about a topic usually ignored. The mistreatment of our elderly is prevalent in our society, but most often people turn a blind eye to it. Ignoring what families will do once a beloved member becomes too old to handle. It's tragic, and the author does a wonderful job of showing the nitty-gritty of
Goodreads Giveaway...To be honest, I put this book down 40% in...I just could not read any more. Perhaps the rest of the book would have altered my opinion? Yet with so many books out there..,Although it is a topic that needs to be discussed, I just could not keep reading when each chapter seemed more of the same...elderly people in need of care and family members who could provide such care but whose motivation to do so is not necessarily altruistic and somewhat resentful. The elderly couple ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t acknowledge that we need help.’

British author Ken Ross has written article for magazines in addition to children’s books, informative books such as antiques as a monetary source, words of wisdom, memory, humorous books (the DEAR DR CORNFLAKE series), thrillers and novels – WASTED PAIN, ANN: IRRESISTIBLE SPIRIT, and A CROSS OF CROCUSES - the latter inspired by his raising his eight children solo after a divorce. He lives in Leeds.

Before the novel opens Ken
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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very moving story

This story is about the parents of five children, three daughters and two sons, in the final two years of their lives. Despite the complete lack of appreciation of one specific son, Michael, he and particularly one of his daughters, Millie, were devoted to caring for the elderly couple on a daily basis. Nothing was too much trouble for them! Regardless of the fact that Michael's parents had refused to acknowledge his marriage or his big family, the love shown to the
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading a book like A Cross of Crocuses by Ken Ross will help you develop empathy because it forces you to imagine what you would do in a similar situation. These are the best kind of books. In A Cross of Crocuses, Nora and Basil are an elderly couple who have reached the point where they know they need their adult children to help them out. Unfortunately, Nora and Basil come to find out their children are not who they thought they raised them to be. Their kids are not nearly as willing to be ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story about an elderly couple who seeks help from their children is fiction, but at the same time it isn't. The premise is so real and found so often in the "real world" that people like Basil and Nora are literally all around us, every day. The story presents their struggles in an emotional way, but I didn't find it to be too manipulative with reader's feelings. The characters are not presented like pathetic people, they is a line that the author draws and it is a right one. The writing is ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Cross of Crocuses by Ken Ross tackles the rather touchy subject of aging parents, and how to handle that phenomenon with grace and dignity. Nora and Basil are an elderly couple who increasingly are unable to truly care for themselves. They have difficulty cleaning up, preparing food, and running errands. Several of their children chip in on the care duties, but not all. Nora and Basil are rather disappointed in the lack of care or concern, but the book shifts it's viewpoint to that of the ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was very interesting as it challenges preconceived notions many parents may have about their children and the role the children will play once the parent is no longer able to care adequately for themselves. Taking us into the lives of Nora and Basil, an elderly couple we are shown just how hard the life can be for the elderly. Emotionally and physically it takes a toll and the preconceived notions of who should take care of who as well as the hurt that comes when a child does not ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Cross of Crocuses is an emotional fiction, but in truth, it could be a story about many families as parents face their last days. Ken Ross writes about a family as the parents face old age. Who will care for them, who can’t wait until they die to get their inheritance, and who really doesn’t care to think about anyone else but themselves? This could be true in many families. What makes this novel so interesting are the family members who were shunned are the ones caring for the elderly.

Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A reality for all- well written!
I don’t think the title does the justice to the simple but very deep real life message in this book. The book is about aging parents, if we have today, or we will be tomorrow it’s the book for you, for everyone indeed. It’s the bitter reality of life that we all have to age and with age comes weakness, medical issues and being helpless at times- and we look for our kids to help and take care. This is a very difficult phase of life for aging parents and their kids,
Jimmy Jefferson
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An emotional venture into aging

This is an emotional story of Basil and Nora as they have aged and are reaching the point where they require help to survive. They will learn a hard lesson as they discover the children they raised and supported are not eager to help and support their parents as the advance in age. The story is told from different views and will tap into your emotions as you take the golden years journey with this aging couple. I recommend this one to everyone. We will all be at
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I received A Cross of Crocuses through Goodreads Giveaway, i tried but I just could not finish this book. Even though the topic interested me I could not keep reading when each chapter was just the same as the last. The elderly couple are not sympathetic characters, nor are many of their family members. Possibly if the book was half as long I could have read to the end.
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Born: January 1953 Westow, East Yorkshire.
Places of residence Barmby Moor, Pocklington, York & Leeds.:
Married: once
Divorced: once (long ago)
Educated: Harehills County Secondary School
Children: 8
First Publication: 1963
Jobs: many
Books Published: around 40
Most productive year: 2019 - 500,000 words +
Book Series: Ken Ross Romantic/Erotic Suspense Series
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