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by Patricia Ann Bowen
Publish Date: May 22, 2019
Genre: Time Travel Romance
TWO PEOPLE HARBORING SECRETS
WANT TO SPREAD A CURE FROM THE FUTURE INTO TODAY’S WORLD
… BUT WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?
A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a remedy for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Peter bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns in the process to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.
Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her closest friend for Peter’s attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally, and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?
Many lives will be changed, but at what costs… and to whom?
Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Patricia Ann Bowen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
This book really pulls at your heartstrings, especially when you think about all the people that have family members that have probably dealt with a loved one that either has Alzheimer’s or another incurable disease that they have to learn how to live with. It definitely took a bit to get into, and there was a lot of death involved in the beginning of the novel, so just be wary of that.
There’s also another aspect to this novel as well, and I guess I would say that it involves the inability to tell a lie. Apparently this cure that is supposed to cure Alzheimer’s also doesn’t allow the recipient of the cure to be able to lie. But there are other ways to hide the truth if you know how to do it right.
Personally this was a hard book for me to read just because I would think about my Grandpa (he was fortunate enough to not have Alzheimer’s but still was an incurable disease) and others that would want to do anything to find a cure for their loved ones, or even themselves. I don’t know if I would have been able to do what Paige did, or if I would have even had the resources or capacity to do what she did, but it was clear to see why she was able to make that decision.