Magic O'Clock

A fictional tale of dementia and hope

Fiction - Social Issues
28 Pages
Reviewed on 04/02/2017
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Author Biography

Originally from England and now living her dream in Spain, L S Fellows only took up writing as part of a challenge back in 2013. It didn't take long to lure her into the murky world of murder mystery plots, plans for vengeance and conspiracy theories. Writing these stories has led her to enrol in some wacky and bizarre courses - purely for research, of course. These include 'Identifying the dead', 'the forensic psychology of an eye witness' and 'antiquities trafficking and crime' to name just a few.
Armed with this new knowledge she intends to follow up her latest project with a mystery series, or maybe a conspiracy thriller set in the Caribbean or possibly a fantasy set in medieval Spain. Who knows where she might end up?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Magic O’Clock is a fictional narrative of dementia and hope, written by Lynne Fellows. Although it is difficult to adjust when somebody dies, it is often more difficult to face the day with somebody you love, when you look into their eyes and know that they are looking back at a stranger. With her father’s new home being the Sunnyside Retirement Village, the narrator’s father, Archie Royle, smiles as he shuffles along, eager to entertain those who have gathered to hear his latest story. Such a wordsmith is Archie that his captivated audience makes no sound, hungrily eating up every single word, as if breaking a fast. You see, three o’clock is a magic hour, each and every day, when coherency magically returns so that Archie may talk of the many wonderful moments of his incredible life, whether real, imagined, or seen on television.

I was left smiling at the end of this short, but incredible story. Whilst fiction, it captures the reality of the harsh, yet seemingly lulling illness that is dementia. Lynne Fellows’ tale of a father who brightens up the room each day, putting a smile and a cheer on the faces of all those who listen, is beautiful, yet sad. Memories of my own father’s hugs brighten my days, and mean everything to me. I cannot even imagine how painful it must be for the families of those who suffer from dementia, just hoping for one moment of recognition on the face of one they love so deeply. Not only was I intrigued by Magic O’Clock (such a fitting title), but it was interesting to see one’s closest family member through the eyes of the author. Descriptive in nature and extremely well written, Magic O’Clock is recommended to all who have been touched by dementia, whether through a loved one or through their own experiences in life.