His Name Was Ben

Fiction - General
240 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2016
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Author Biography

Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. Her and her husband have been involved in dog rescue for the past 28 years. All profits from her book are going to the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County,CA., Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin is an excellent, heartfelt book. It follows the growing relationship between Sara and Ben. They are each dealing with different forms of cancer, which take them along separate routes until they are referred to a particular specialist clinic. This is a tender story of coming to grips with nightmare situations of broken relationships and of dealing with cancer. As the story develops, we are privileged in getting to know Ben and Sara intimately as they handle the ups and downs of illness and hope for a miracle.

Despite the fact that this is a story of illness, it is so beautifully written with such great compassion and insight that the reader walks alongside each of these special people as they handle day-by-day events. The fact that the story is based upon a true happening makes it very poignant. Having said that, do not think it is a morbid book. It is sad. It is engaging and uplifting, and is ultimately hopeful. Each person supports the other as they learn to trust and to love again. Ben and Sara showed strength beyond the capability of many, and their love eventually transformed their lives.

I found the story sad, of course, but it is so well written that I could not put the book down. There are moments when a box of tissues would be useful! Paulette has covered every aspect of their lives, struggles, and strengths, and I can highly recommend this read. I am sure you will enjoy it just as much as I did. A beautiful story of courage and love.