The author is not only a skillful, descriptive writer but one with first hand knowledge of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on both patient and family by serving as a compassionate, caring charge nurse at an Alzheimer’s facility. This novel is well written and a must read especially for anyone who has a loved one suffering from this disease. C.J. gives many insights into the behaviors which manifest during the progression of this disease and deals brilliantly with how those behaviors affect the people around them. As each character masterfully emerged, I felt them to be a friend and personal companion along this heartfelt journey. Everyone needs a friend like Tess to walk with and how wonderful it would be with more Pearls in the world. I couldn’t put the book down and had to read “just one more chapter” until I reached the conclusion.