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Book Review - 'The Project' by Stacey Potter

Working as an Aged Care Clinical Nurse Consultant in my day job, this wonderfully written book struck an emotional cord with me. This book made me both laugh, and cry.

In this story we meet Sabella, a sophomore in college. She has a long-time boyfriend, but their relationship is not without its problems, and she feels he has become more distant. She is given a project by one of her professors, where she has to spend so many hours in a volunteering role, and keep a journal of her experience.

There are many options to choose from, and Sabella scrambles to find an option available that is not the Nursing Home. Working with older people is one of her worst fears as she remembers her own grandmother being a miserable, cranky, and bitter old woman, with the world’s biggest chip on her shoulders.

Unfortunately all the other options are full, and Sabella must sign up to volunteer at the ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ program at the Nursing Home. It’s here that we meet May, the older lady she is partnered up with during the program. She also quickly befriends Ted, who works at the Nursing Home.

Sabella is pleasantly surprised to find out Eighty-three year old may is nothing like her grandmother. She is full of spunk, and is a free spirit. She never married or had any children, but as their friendship grows, Sabella finds out May has a long lost love that got away.

Sabella sets out to try and find him, so she can reconnect the two old lovers once again. Not only does she find out what happened to May’s long lost love, she unexpectedly discovers some family secrets that involve a connection to May.

Before she met May, Sabella was struggling with many aspects of her life, and their unexpected friendship helps Sabella work through what she wants in life, and what’s important. She also finds out why her grandmother was so bitter for most of her life. I won’t say anything more about the plot, as I don’t want to give too much away.

This is a thought provoking book which tells a tale of love, betrayal, unexpected friendships, and self-discovery. The story is fast paced, and engaging. In my job as an Aged Care nurse, I love hearing the stories of older people, and many of their stories have influenced my own work as an author.

I am really looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to immerse themselves in a heart-warming read. I give it five stars *****

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