The title of this books lets you know exactly what you're about to read. At first I didn't think the title was a good idea but as I read through the book I began to appreciate the title and its revelation on what was to come, I was prepared then for the end. This is a beautifully written story of real love in a real life situation. I found it touching and moving. This is a book that deserves to be read.
A moving and elegantly-written love story about two cancer patients who meet and fall in love. Not knowing how much time on earth either of them have, they approach their new relationship with wondrous eyes and gratitude for every moment. Taking the time to work through their family issues, they find a level of intimacy neither has previously found before. This was worth reading for the good writing and the moving story.
The synopsis of this book grabbed me and having read this author before I knew I was in for a treat. It started good, with the introduction to Sara and her battle with cancer, before long we had met Ben and then the story delved into the beginning of their relationship and the hurdles both of them overcame to find each other. It is a heartbreaking love story and one where you mostly know the outcome won't be good, but you still find yourself hoping that their love will conquer all. I really enjoyed it and would recommend people to check out this author. She writes a good story, even if it does make you cry!
In our lifetime we are all touched in some way by cancer and for me, reading this book came at the right time. I could empathise with friends and families of the main characters as their story moved forward. This is where His Name was Ben isn't just a love story it's so much more. We see Sara's and Tom's journey, thoughts and feelings as two become one.
Paulette Mahurin shows how strength, hope and dreams are no different in illness than to those who are cancer free. She so eloquently and bravely shows a couple falling in love at a time where I would imagine a sufferer to be self centred and angry, not in His Name was Ben. This story is emotive and you can't help praying for them as you turn the pages.
Sometimes love can't conquer all, but who we meet and why when the chips are down can mean all the difference. The author, through her narrative, shows strength, compassion, love and hope. An excellent book and a must read. Thank you for sharing this poignant story Paulette Mahurin.
This is a beautifully written story that encompasses an elemental truth: live for now; the next day, hour, even minute, could be too late. Sara and Ben have both been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the meet, as they well might, in an oncologist’s waiting room. Sara has been offered the chance of taking part in an experimental treatment regime. Reassured that it has few of the appalling side-effects of traditional treatment, which is doing no good, she signs up; she has nothing to lose. Ben, newly diagnosed and shocked, eventually responds to Sara’s mantra of living to the full while they can, and to her determined efforts to take him as her lover.
Given the many truly exquisite scenes when Sara and Ben have “good days” and the tenderness when one of them is suffering too much to hide it, it would have been possible to leave it like that and still show that the likelihood of death tearing them apart made them revaluate their lives. Paulette Mahurin digs deep into both their pasts: the experiences and the people that have created Sara and Ben, and she does it by introducing rounded characters that gain depth every time they appear. This is a book to treasure and reread.
Sara has cancer, Ben has cancer; they meet when they are both referred for the same drug trial. It's a trial for those patients who have few or no other options. This is the start of the story so the reader expects a rough ride but actually what follows is a lesson in what we all should do, sick or otherwise; live for the moment, never expect life to stop offering something good even in the gravest of times, and when it does... Grab it! Both Sara and Ben have parental issues but they also have good friends and loving relationships in their lives. Sara has a stalwart friend, Ellen who has supported her tirelessly through her illness. Ben has a brother he is close to. But when Sara spots Ben she instinctively senses that she has a chance at love, maybe a last chance and she aggressively orchestrates a meeting with him in a way that might have seemed quite contrived in some chick-lit rom-com. However her moves are so significant in this story based on true life. Sara has learned the hard way that life's opportunities should never be wasted, a lesson that many of those who beat cancer carry with them for the rest of their lives. Sara contacts Ben. The account is sad but happy and very uplifting. Faced with this story to tell the author has given a fearlessly straightforward account of the highs and lows of this dreadful disease and recreated the beautiful side of what can happen to courageous people. I am a cancer survivor. It was a long time ago. I don't dwell on it but I never forget how lucky I am.
This story is uplifting, heart wrenching, and endearing. You are given the opportunity to witness an incredible love story between two cancer patients who've chosen to live and appreciate their lives after coming face to face with their own mortality. They don't wait for a "second chance" because they know all too well that the future is not a guarantee.
Through life's trials and tribulations, both Sara and Ben have taken their diagnoses and, rather than dwell on them, they each blossom and open themselves up to love. They relate to one another beautifully and entrust each other with their most vulnerable selves.
We follow Sara's reconciliation with her past and self as a direct result of a chance meeting with a compassionate and handsome man, Ben. Despite Ben's inner fear and disbelief that he has cancer, he finds strength to support Sara and reconcile with his own troubled past.
Their love inspires the reader, who is filled with the hope that these two will be able to live out long, beautiful lives together despite having found one another under such terrible circumstances. After finishing the love story, you are reassured that their love is infinite.
His Name Was Ben is such a brilliant book that I read it in one sitting. I've never done that before! By the time I got to the epilogue, I shed a tear of both happiness and sadness. This is one of those books that grips you from the start and it's a struggle to put it down. Paulette Mahurin has endowed her characters with a combination of qualities that make them relateable and inspirational. I was particularly moved by Sara and the many situations she encounters during the course of the story. Her relationship with Ben is beautiful but what differentiates them from most couples is that they endure some of the most difficult things imaginable whilst still maintaining such an incredible degree of love and respect for one another. This is one of those books that not only moves you but teaches you several lessons about love, relationships, family and personal growth. I'd recommend it in a heart beat!
“His Name was Ben” is a captivating love story between Sara and Ben, two people self- absorbed by their separate episodes with cancer, yet their lives achieve a new meaning when they meet each other. As we get to know these two scarred souls and the hard challenges they have already had to overcome, we come to like them more and more throughout this romantic tale.
I was particularly moved when Sara first met Ben in the waiting room. They chatted briefly and Sara was instantly attracted to the handsome stranger. Yet, because his prognosis was more serious than hers, Ben was hesitant to start a relationship. I shared Sara’s stress and fears as she was torn about whether or not to call Ben because of her own self-doubts.
As a side note, another reason that this book made my heart jump, besides the romance between Sara and Ben, was a reference in the text to the Self-Realization Institute locate in Malibu. Sara had gone there to find peace. I lived in LA for a short time and I attended services at the Institute. On one memorable occasion TV star Dennis Weaver (of Gunsmoke and McCloud fame) gave a guest sermon at the institute.
As an outstanding romance novel, this book hits all the right notes, and does it with style and charm.
It would make a great read for the beach, or to curl up with on the couch on a cold night.