20 Oct 2014

“A Realistic Family Drama” – Time To Let Go

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Today I gratefully want to share the latest 4 star review for my novel “Time To Let Go”

on 16 October 2014
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“This is a complex family drama centering around Hanna, an airline stewardess, her mother, Biddy, and her father, Walter. Biddy is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and Walter is committed to taking care of her. Hanna has two brothers, Henrik and Patrick, but they are absent from their parents’ lives the majority of the time. Hanna hasn’t been around to help her mother as much as she would like to due to her hectic and busy work schedule, but she takes time off after a terrible incident happens on a plane. As she spends more time with her family and sees how the illness has progressed in her mother, she re-evaluates her life and tries to decide what to do next.

I used to work in a retirement home, so I remember what it was like to take care of Alzheimer’s patients. However, I know it is much different to take care of a loved one and to have to be there for that person 24/7. I always felt so terribly for the afflicted but often even more so for their relatives who had to see the person they love decline. It was the saddest thing to see pictures on their bureau of them in their youth, when they were healthy and vibrant, and then to see how dementia had changed them into someone incapable of caring for themselves or remembering who their loved ones were. This book does a great job depicting how awful this disease is and how hard it is for the caregivers of the person affected by it. I admired Walter for not wanting to put her in a home. Since her disease was not yet in the later stages, he was still able to take care of her. He was very stubborn, often to his own detriment, but the love he had for her felt very real. And Hanna came across as a sweet and caring person who wanted what was best for her mother. She often argued with Walter over that; she wanted Biddy to experience new things and to enjoy life as much as possible, while he thought a strict routine was best.

I didn’t care for Henrik as he came across as selfish and arrogant. He seemed to love to dish out advice, but it was rarely ever compassionate. He kept telling Walter that Biddy should be in a home, not seeming to care how difficult that would be for him. It was heartbreaking enough that his own wife didn’t know who he was, let alone having to make her leave the home they had shared together for so many years. And Patrick was primarily absent, but we find out why closer to the end of the book. I’m a little torn on what to think of him…

As Hanna struggles to deal with the aftermath of what happened on the plane, she meets a paramedic named Karim. They start to develop an interesting friendship, and while I did find Karim to be a warm and caring person, he seemed too rigid at times. His mother was an intriguing character, and her role was more pivotal than what I would have originally thought.

This story was very realistic, especially with the family dynamics and all the arguments among the characters. Even the incident on the plane was plausible. While the book was anti-climatic, I believe that’s what made the story feel so real. For anyone who likes more character driven novels, this sad, yet enlightening tale, is one worth reading.”

Time To Let Go:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

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When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.
Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. 
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. In May 2014 he published his first contemporary novel “Time To Let Go” in May. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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