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Broken Beauty: Piecing Together Lives Shattered by Early-Onset Alzheimer's

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  35 reviews
In the world of Early-onset Alzheimer’s, here is a book all about life, love, and hope.
Broken Beauty is the story of Sarah Smith’s mother—known as “Beauty” to her family—and her family’s journey through the devastating world of Early-onset Alzheimer’s. Smith was a young mother in her thirties when her own mother’s illness struck, so the family’s shock and pain at the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am happy to provide a review.

Sarah Smith's story of the battle her mother faced (along with all of her loved ones) after a devastating diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's is an amazingly honest look at the effects this disease has on not only the person who has the disease, but the struggle family members face as they slowly lose a loved one, one tiny piece at a time.

The book does not shy away from telling it exactly like it is, nor should it.
In 2009, Sarah Smith and her family drove from Dallas to Houston to visit her parents over Thanksgiving. She offered to do some early Christmas-present wrapping with her mother, and noticed that her mum was having trouble tying ribbons. The older woman kept making a fist and rubbing her forearm. She also reported she’d had numbness and tingling in her hand for some time. Sarah feared the worst: a brain tumour, perhaps. Unfortunately, her mother, then aged 64 and seemingly “fit as a fiddle”, was ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one hit me close to home, as I lost my husband to a form of dementia, so I don't feel up to going into a lot of detail in my review tonight.
I will say this, Sarah shared the story of her family's journey with honesty and warmth. The book is written in a style that is a pleasure to read, and ends with a changed but loving family.
God is good.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads.
I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway and am happy to provide a review.

Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this novel. I thought the book would be interesting, given the subject matter (mother diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer's) and because just recently, I lost my great aunt partly due to dementia. I've known people who have had dementia and friends who have dealt with family members who had Alzheimer's, and figured this book might be an interesting read because of the recent events
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a full-time carer for my later mother, who suffered from the wicked disease 'Alzheimer's', so when i spotted this book on Netgalley, i felt that it was a book that i could relate to.

Just like Sarah's mother 'Beauty' my mother also had the onset of Alzheimer's too early in life (early 60's). There were so many parts of this book that i could relate to and could feel the pain and heartache that Sarah went through. It brought back my own memories and just like 'Beauty' it brought back the
Patricia Ann
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this book from Goodreads for an honest review. I must say I am conflicted, both professionally and personally. The author is from an upper SES, and a devout Christian. Yet, as such the book is less about Alzheimer's, her mother's deterioration and coping methodology and more about appearances, the benefits of having financial resources, and 'God's Plan'. Many reviews presented here on Goodreads are resonances of reviewers' personal experiences with Alzheimer's . As such, I wanted to ...more
The Ratliff Family
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“God allows the things He hates to accomplish what He loves.” -Joni Earekson Tada

This book is a story of how this statement is fleshed out as your journey along with the diagnosis and struggle to care for a parent with early onset Alzheimer’s. I appreciate the detailed reflections and thoughts to some of the difficult conversations and realizations that Sarah documented about her mother, Beauty. This book is written from a unique perspective—the adult child of an Alzheimer’s patient with a young
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and was not disappointed. While the subject matter of Alzheimer's is not always pretty or easy, the author did not shy away from the brutal truths or the beautiful hope of the situation.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad but sweet. What a lovely family.

Thanks to Goodreads for winning this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book.
Tena Bremmer
Broken Beauty

This book was an okay read, not really the type of books I read. I won this ebook through Goodreads.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My three positives and a negative, because the world needs more positivity:
+ With so many affected by Alzheimer's this book is needed. Reports from the National Institute on Aging indicate that someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease every 66 seconds. My own mother suffered from the disease. It was heartbreaking to witness. Through most of my life, she was an amazing mother, a caring wife, a capable nurse, and a voracious reader. Then, that person slipped away. In the last year of her
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having just gone through this with my mother (she passed away in Feb 2019 after a ten-year journey, not EOAD but starting at age 67), I appreciate the author’s frank descriptions of the discovery of her mother’s situation, shock by shock. It is good to have in writing for those coming into this.

This book will let you see the scariness of going to a neurologist to get a diagnosis (from the standpoint of the patient as well as the family), the situations which present themselves as the patient
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Sarah's mother, called Beauty by her grandchildren, is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Sarah and Beauty's friends had been noticing her motor skills were off and her affinity for numbers was awry. This book recreates the journey over several years of the progression of Beauty's illness and how it affected the family as they eventually had to place her in memory care.

About half the book is filled with religious references as this is how the family dealt with the
Barb Olt
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
My mother has Alzheimer's , though not early onset, and I have been dealing with everything that involved for several years. It is a life shattering experience and one I wouldn't wish on anyone. Although Sarah had her father to make final decisions, I had no one and sometimes the rest of the family disagreed with what I considered best, so along with all the emotions and stress of handling things and getting my mom placed, I was also dealing with them. It brought back many memories of making ...more
Margaret Yelton
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. For over three years I was caregiver to both of my parents. My mother suffered from Alzheimer's so seeing the subject of this book I was interested in the book. Being a caregiver for your own family member is such a heartbreaking thing to do, watching the parent you knew disappear before your very eyes and becoming someone that you don't recognize. The author of the book did a very good job of bringing to life the pain and heartache this disease brings to ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a Kindle copy of this book from Goodreads. I found it well written and informative. Many readers found the religious references disturbing; I personally liked the fact that Sarah could be so open about her belief in God, and how she found solace in the midst of such a difficult trial. I think it would be important to have a place to turn for help and comfort, and appreciate that she could share her ways of coping and the fact that she felt helped and guided. Alzheimer's is a truly horrible ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was brutally difficult to read because I could relate to every story that was shared in some way since my mother had a similar journey with behavioral variant Frontal Temporal Dementia. While reading the story of her mother's journey, it brought back memories of my mom's journey and both good and difficult memories our our time together, as well as the never ending to-do list of a care-giver and the constant exhaustion. Couldn't wait to finish the book only because it brought back ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is not an easy book to read, it is a very important book to read. It puts names and faces and lives on to the tragedy of Alzheimer’s. Not being overly religious, I was a little put off by the sheer number of Bible references in the book. As I progressed through the story, I came to realize that not only were they important, they were integral to it. By the end, I didn’t enen notice them. This is one book that I will read again and again. I know that will grieve with Sarah when Beauty ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's what she said to me...

This story is amazing. The love of the Lord and family can be felt in each word. This book would be wonderful for anyone ever dealing Alzheimer's. I mean both family and friends as well as those that treat and care for them. If ever I felt you could place yourself in the shoes of someone with Alzheimer's, this story does that. These people are real and the Lord leads them in every step. Blessed to have read it
Like others, I would have liked it mentioned that this book is written from a particular religious viewpoint. Not being religious, I too found I had to skip paragraphs that had no meaning for me. I did, however, finish reading and on the whole, am pleased that I had the opportunity to read it. It is very well written and engaging (I'm sure more so if you subscribe to the author's brand of Christianity).
Judie Dooley
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from good reads Kindle. Thank you for allowing to read this great book for free. I loved the story, the characters and the setting. I noticed that a lot of reviews didn't like the religious parts of the book, but they were really integral parts of the book and shouldn't have been left out. The family did their best for their mother-wife by placing her in a care center where she could receive the best care for her own safety and did not abandon her. They did everything possible to ...more
David Richardson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A great book for anyone that has a friend or loved one affected by Alzheimer's disease. I know firsthand, my father died from it. This is a sad but also uplifting story of how this family used their great faith in God to make it through. I received this gook for free from the Goodreads first-read giveaway.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a Kindle copy of this from Goodreads. And I am so glad I did. This is the story of the author as she dealt with the news and then caring for her mother with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She tells of the devastation and destruction this disease causes in families, and I can relate to some of this as my mother also has Alzheimer’s. But the author doesn’t stop with the bad, but also shows that there can be beauty found among the ashes, and that is what I needed to hear.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This is daughter's story of how she and her family coped with their mothers early onset alzheimer"s disease. It is a beautiful touching story full of love and learning to accept what can't be changed. They are a strong Christian family and their faith is shown as their light and rock. It is the story of her going forward from the what if's, and living and loving in the what is.
Jodi Sousa
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I also won this through a Goodreads giveaway. I had a difficult getting into the story. Maybe it was me, I don't know but I kept setting it down. Once I committed time to reading I found the story heartbreaking yet uplifting also. Having recently lost my mom, my tears flowed freely.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. My heart ached for this daughter working so hard to take care of her mom Those who are put off by the amount of bible verses in this book need to realize her faith has helped her thru this difficult journey. I admire her Well done
L Corky
I won a copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway

The author tells the story of her mothers struggle with the diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD) as well as the struggles the family deals with in caring for their loved one.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kathy Webb
I won this Kindle edition book in a GoodReads giveaway - thank you to everyone involved.
This book shows the struggles of this family's journey through their battle with Alzheimer's.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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