Author: Abby Maslin
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: March 12, 2019
Book Description: Abby Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in a deeply affecting new memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered–and they learned to love again. When Abby Maslin’s husband, TC, didn’t make it home on August 18, 2012, she knew something was terribly wrong. Her fears were confirmed when she learned that her husband had been beaten by three men and left for dead mere blocks from home, all for his cell phone and debit card. The days and months that followed were a grueling test of faith. As TC recovered from a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to speak and walk, Abby faced the challenge of caring for–and loving–a husband who now resembled a stranger. Love You Hard is the raw, unflinchingly honest story of young love left broken, and the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. Told from the caregiver’s perspective, this book is a daring exploration of true love: what it means to love beyond language, beyond abilities, and into the place that reveals who we really are. At the heart of Abby and TC’s unique and captivating story are the universal truths that bind us all. This is a tale of living and loving wholeheartedly, learning to heal after profound grief, and choosing joy in the wake of tragedy.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: Love you Hard is 100% in my wheelhouse. This book requires many tissues, but is also a true testament to what love is and that marriage is extremely hard work.
Abby gives a very raw portrayal of her husband’s brain injury and the years that follow through the recovery. She does not hold back any feelings. She writes in a way that makes you feel you are on this journey with her. I did not want to put this book down for one second.
What Abby and TC and their family have is simply beautiful and I think it was a lot of people strive for. This memoir show even when you are at your lowest, if you love them you need to push through and persevere.
If you love memoirs don’t pass this one over. Maslin put a lot of time and love into this book just like she does with her family and it absolutely shows throughout this memoir.