Title: How Lulu Lost Her Mind
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Author: Rachel Gibson
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Gallery Books, July 21, 2020
Sexy Rating: 0
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon:
Lou Ann Hunter’s mother, Patricia, has always had a passionate nature, which explains why she’s been married and divorced five times and spooned enough male patients to be ousted from three elderly care facilities. She also has Alzheimer’s, which is why she wants to spend the rest of her life surrounded by childhood memories at Sutton Hall, her family’s decrepit plantation home in Louisiana.
Lou Ann, a.k.a. Lulu the Love Guru, has built an empire preaching sex, love, and relationship advice to the women of America—mostly by defying the example her mother has set for her. But with Patricia suddenly in need of a fulltime caretaker, Lou Ann reluctantly agrees to step out of the spotlight and indulge her mother’s wishes, even if it means trading in her Louboutins and Chanel N°5 for boots and mosquito repellant.
Upon her arrival at Sutton Hall, Lou Ann discovers that very little functions as it should—least of all Patricia’s mind. And as she adjusts to this new and inevitably temporary dynamic with the help of a local handyman and a live-in nurse, she is forced to confront the reality that neither her nor her mother’s future is going according to plan.
This is an especially useful story for readers who are interested in a further understanding of what a caregiver must cope with when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. It is at turns heartrending, uplifting and funny. There is the suggestion of attraction between Lulu and the hunky handyman but it doesn’t really go anywhere which was disappointing. However we do see how Lulu makes life changing decisions.
I can’t say I enjoyed this book although it is certainly well written. I’m just not in a place to like a book that elicits so much sadness, for despite the humor, Alzheimer’s is very sad. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a very worthwhile read. Expect to feel sad, to laugh, to cry and to understand a bit better.