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Time to Let Go [Kindle Edition]

Christoph Fischer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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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 Alzheimers' 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499130597
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9G8M8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany 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 is still resident today.
He completed a historical "Three Nations Trilogy" in 2013, comprising of "The Luck of the Weissensteiners", "Sebastian" and "The Black Eagle Inn."
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Played out in my mind. Would make good TV 6 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am glad the author agreed for me to read this book and take a chance on my review.

When I read the blurb of the book I just knew if it was written well I would love it. Not knowing the way this author writes, or even heard of him, I was hoping I would be right.

My enjoyment of this book was immense. I read this in one sitting today from cover to cover. Christopher Fischer has a wonderful way of weaving a good story subject that many of us in our families either are going through or gone through or even [God forbid] go through. Alzheimer's is not good, its a horrible 'stealing' disease that equips you of no memory, or limited memory lapses, its also disabling in a 'self preservation' as each victim of the disease is robbed bit by bit of an independent life.

Biddy, now she is the one with alzheimer's, a pleasant, sometimes funny character due to her illness, which this author brings out brilliantly. Her husband has always been rigid and set in his ways, and knowing that his wife has this 'problem' he thinks its best all round to keep a 'tight ships' then she will know where she is and just what to do each day, but we find that Biddy sometimes forgets where the bathroom is.

Leaving Biddy alone for any amount of time is worrying. So when their daughter returns for what she calls is a 'short term' stay, she has a different way of approaching her Mother. Somewhere in between is the right way.

But with the daughter's return comes problems, upheaval and things are just not what they seem.

A air hostess, trained also in life saving skills, one unhappy person flying on her plan turns into a nightmare.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Classic 7 Aug 2014
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The theme of this novel is so important to so many people that reviewers have tended to focus on that; and indeed Christoph Fischer handles his subject with a delicate sensitivity which impresses. But I'd like to focus, instead, on the skill and creativity with which Fischer brings his characters to life, plunges deep inside their emotions and thoughts, and makes us feel that we know them and know all about them. Hanna, an attractive woman who has escaped from the constant putdowns of her father during her growing years to create an exciting and fulfilling life for herself as an air hostess, has experienced the death of a passenger and is going through the turmoil, both emotional and practical, which this has brought her. Going home for a few days rest she is drawn inevitably into the situation caused by her mother's disease. Walter, her father, a man set in his own ways and with very definite opinions, believes that the way to treat his wife Biddy is to keep her to a regular routine. Hanna thinks a little change and excitement would be more stimulating for her mother. As we see the results of this conflict we learn more and more about Walter and about Hanna. Then there is the elder son, Henrik, who thinks his mother needs the professional care she would get in a Home. Henrik, a successful businessman, has spent his life proving that he is better than his younger brother Patrick, and finding continually that his father cares more about Patrick than about him. Patrick himself has cut himself off from his family and refuses even to visit Biddy, because he is afraid to reveal his secrets to his father. This all makes for fascinating and engrossing reading. Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is...fragile 22 July 2014
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Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease for everyone it touches…from the sufferer right through to friends and loved ones. To write about such a subject needs meticulous research and Christoph Fischer seems to have done this with great diligence.
In this novel Alzheimer’s is told as part of a fictitious story revolving around the key subject matter and is handled with care and sensitivity as well as balancing between fact and fiction.

Biddy Korhonen is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. Her long-suffering husband, Walther is single-minded in caring for his wife at home. He is frightened of what is to come and desperately wants to be with Biddy in all her remaining lucid periods. Biddy and Walther have three children, Hanna, Hendrik and Patrick - all of whom have their own secret problems and although Alzheimer’s is the core of the story, these characters have to make difficult decisions about their own lives and what direction they have to take.

The family feels confused, upset and threatened by Biddy’s illness and there are rows between each member as they put their ideas forward – often in direct opposition to how Walther sees things. Walther cannot stop doing as much for Biddy as he can and throughout the reader feels his frustration when things get too much.

Writing about such a subject can never be easy, but Fischer somehow takes the reader into the family – you cannot help empathising with each character as they tackle the despondency in their own personal way, even if at times the subject matter makes it an uncomfortable read.

All in all, I felt this book was well written. Fischer’s characters were rounded and developed more as the book progressed. Right up to the end the reader will feel the love Walther and Biddy share in their declining years.

Excellent and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to 're_unite the family
A very touching and emotional read,not everything is as glamorous has it seem,s,maybe we envy jobs and lifestyles without seeing it from all angles. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Russell Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional, insightful, and realistic
This is a unique book. There are plenty of family sagas and plenty of books about advice on dealing with Alzheimer’s or another serious disease that afflicts a loved one. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Warrior Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool read
Published 27 days ago by Joanna Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow going in places
I chose this rating as it is a book that sensitively covers 2 still quite taboo subjects, Alzheimer's and death even after cpr and the risks a first aider us exposed to when... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Stilted English and an awkward read
Whilst I do not doubt the author's sincerity and well meaning interest in the stresses and difficulties that Alzheimer's gives rise to, I have to say I found this book a tedious... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Savannahlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Go
Time to Let Go by Author Fischer is a very touching story. The book was recommended by a friend and had been laying around my Kindle for sometime now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!
Time to let go by Christoph Fischer is a beautifully written, poignant and true to life novel that captures the challenges in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching family account of coping with Alzheimer's
Time to Let Go is a fictionalized account of a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. The disorder gets a good deal of attention nowadays even though too little is yet known about it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful, tugging at the heart strings read
a wonderful, tugging at the heart strings read. after looking after sufferer's at various stages of the illness this story was an insight to how it affects the family! thank you x
Published 1 month ago by Shell Swinscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Fischer
Another amazing read from one of my favorite contemporary authors Christoph Fischer. Based on the reviews, the subject matter of this novel clearly speaks to people who have had... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Big Apple
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