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“Blue Hydrangeas,” An Alzheimer’s Love Story, Now Available in Print and for Kindle on Amazon

As World Alzheimer’s Month closes, author offers free Kindle download September 26-30.


Middletown, NY, September 25, 2013 – “Blue Hydrangeas,” an Alzheimer’s love story by registered nurse and author Marianne Sciucco published by Bunky Press, is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month, the author is offering free Kindle downloads at beginning September 26 through September 30.

What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn’t remember your name? “Blue Hydrangeas” is the story of Jack and Sara Harmon, retired Cape Cod innkeepers from the fictional town of Falmouthport. A nursing facility is everyone’s solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can’t bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving complicated by her progressing Alzheimer’s and his own failing heart, Jack finally admits he can no longer care for her at home. With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.

Sciucco penned the novel based on her experiences as a registered nurse and case manager working with dementia patients and their families in a Middletown, New York hospital and several area nursing homes.

“The story is not about any one particular couple or family,” Sciucco says, “but is more a composite of the many patients and families I met through my work, although one patient in particular did inspire the plot.” Sciucco worked on the book for more than ten years, and independently published after seeing a few friends have success with that route. “Publishing this book is the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life,” says Sciucco. “The climate for new, untried authors in the publishing industry is cold, freezing, and I found it impossible to gain entry. I’ve accumulated more than 50 rejection letters – from agents and editors who never read the book. It’s more than discouraging.”

Readers say:

“This is a very moving story of love and commitment that is beautifully told by this talented author.”

“I was immediately drawn into reading about this family, leaving me with a heavy heart and much to think about.”

“This beautifully written and poignant story captures you from page one and takes you on a sad, incredible, and beautiful journey. When dealing with diseases within your own family, you can feel so alone. Marianne’s story helps you realize the pain that true love can endure with dignity and grace - and that you are not alone.”

You may preview “Blue Hydrangeas” at

For more about Marianne Sciucco, please visit

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