Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: My Ideal Partner by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Pages: 174, Kindle Edition

Published: 2016

Genre: Nonfiction/ memoir

My Ideal Partner is Abbie Johnson Taylor’s new book. Its memoir about her married life, how she met her husband and their year of struggles together. You might know her from her writings and the interview I took two years before. You can read the full interview here.

In September 2005, Abbie married Bill Taylor, she in her mid-forties and her husband in his sixties. Three months later after being married, Bill suffered a series of strokes that paralysed his left side that bound him to a wheel chair. Abbie, previously worked as a music therapist, uses her memory, with a mixture of prose and poetry to tell this beautiful story about her married life.

Despite her visual impairment, she cared for her husband for next six years, facing constant struggle and hardship, and trying conquer every obstacles in the way. Soon doctors and therapists gave upon Bill as his health started to decline. She did not. She pursued her life martial life with some changes that appeared. After reading her memoir, I realised these changes appear in everyone’s life. We have to learn to live with them. Life is all about change. Nothing is constant accept these changes.

In the end, she describes the painful decision she and Bill made to move him to a nursing home where he finally gave up on life and passed away in 2012 after a month later. Her words through poetry shows the strength of her love and generosity. Writing is elegant and flawless. The beauty is in how she tells the tale of her own life in rhyme.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an heartwarming, emotional touch or reading a memoir.

4 out of 5!

About Abbie | Her Blog

Note: I received this book from the author but that doesn’t mean my review is breaking any reviewing rules and I thank them for their effort with all my heart.

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