From the time she was a little girl, shuttled from one foster home to another, Claudia had longed for a family of her own. So when she marries Sam, her dream seems to have come true: not only has she found a devoted husband, but at last she has a loving mother, Eleanor. Sam's mother.
But the portrait of her perfect family begins to fracture and split as Eleanor--and everyone around ---descends into the nightmare of Alzheimer's. As agonizing year follows agaonizing year, Claudia bears the brunt of Eleanor's increasing dementia: her violent eruptions, speechlessness, incontinence, even suicide attempts. Soon the money disappears, Claudia loses her business, and her marriage to Sam is on the verge of collapse. Desperate, driven to the edge by the very ties of love and commitment that she craved all of her life, and helpless in the face of Eleanor's condition, Caludia reaches the breaking point. An still she loves the mother she had watied her whole life to find. But when Eleanor is discovered dead with a collection of empty pill bottles beside her bed, the unthinkable seems possible, and Claudia is charged with her murder.
Only with the Heart is a sad yet compelling read. As a lover of fine literature I found Alexandria Constantinova Szeman a wonderful writer. The book being told from three different points of vies mimics real life as we get to see events from each perspective. I am giving this book a 5 star and would highly recommend it to anyone willing to take the time for a close good read.
My rating system is as follows:
5 stars - Excellent, Worth Every Penny, Made It Into My Personal Library!
4 stars - Great book, but not a classic.
3 stars - Good overall, generally well written.
2 stars - Would not recommend based on personal criteria.
1 star - Difficult to read, hard to finish, or didn't finish. Wouldn't recommend purchasing or reading.