Title: He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not
Author: Renee Dyer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Forever Red Publishing
“If you are looking for a book with substance, I highly recommend this.” -Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
"A story of strength, Love and bravery. A story that will make you think and bring you to tears but most of all a story that will fill your heart.” -The Book Fairy Reviews
“Renee Dyer has poured her heart and soul into the pages of the novel, and could be felt more with each word read.” -Prisoners of Print
Amazon/Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
In Patti's Imagination Rating: 10/10 Stars
He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not took me on quite the emotional journey. When Brenna St. James is diagnosed with Chiari Malformation her life. and that of her loving husband, Nick, get flipped upside down. As they learn how to live with this debilitating illness and face many complications, both physically and emotionally, you wonder how this couple could possibly overcome all they face. This is a story of fighting your body, overcoming fear, forgiveness and for me, HOPE. A story of how the love of your spouse can give you strength to continue fighting to live life to the fullest, despite your own body or thoughts trying to keep you down. Brenna has her weak moments but her sense of humor shines throughout the entirety of the book, while Nick is her anchor, even as his heart and thoughts shatter around him. This couple... They inspire me, and shw what true, lasting love is really about.
On a more personal note, while I've never had to live with Chiari I was faced with the possibility years ago with my daughter. My Sami was born with Spina bifida, Pfeiffer Syndrome and had many issues with hydrocephalus. Near the end of her short life I was told that she may also have Chiari but we never received confirmation of that as she passed away before we had answers. I myself have Pfeiffer Syndrome, as does my son and Chiari is linked with it. Not everyone who has what we do develops it but it is a concern. My heart goes out to all who suffer, and you are all in my prayers.
To Renee, thank you for writing this beautiful story. I know that you put a lot of your own personal battle with Chiari into this book, and I'm so happy you have your "Nick" in your husband. You are an inspiration, and an amazing, strong, beautiful woman.
It’s a strange little word about to change Nick and Brenna St. James’ world forever.
Brenna was raised to believe love conquers all. Losing piece after piece of herself causes her to waver in her beliefs. Insecurities abound and she can’t stop wondering if Nick can love the person she is now. Is it fair to ask him to?
Nick wants a do over. To go back to a time before Brenna was sick, before everything changed. But genies don’t exist, life doesn’t grant wishes, and time machines haven’t been invented. All he can do is follow his heart...and his heart wants Brenna.
Together, they have to face a battle they never imagined.
When fighting is all you have left…
When love can't heal everything…
When life rests in the balance of the unknown...
When their vows, “…in sickness and in health”, are put to the test…
Will Nick and Brenna be able to fight through the odds stacked against them, or will everything come crumbling down?
From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents. Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel. Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance. That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband. She's a true New Englander. You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book. To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty. Ask her questions and she'll answer them. She's an open book, pun fully intended.