Coleman's THE DAY WE MET engaged my emotions from the beginning. There were tears, heartache, anger, fear, sadness, happiness, joy, laughter, romance and love. There was lots of family and friends that came and went. Each family member was dealing with Claire's illness in their own way except for her three year old daughter who didn't realize what was going on until her mom wouldn't read her books to her. Her husband, Greg, seemed to be on the outside the most since Claire kept pushing him away. My heart went out to him over and over again because of the way she spoke to him and acted around him. Her mum, Ruth, is watching someone else she loves go through this illness after watching her husband die from it. She's controlling at times but most of the time you can see how she hurts that she has to do what she does. Her older daughter, Caitlin, gets herself in a few messes but most of the time seems very level headed and the book didn't give me enough closure concerning her. The prologue was a nice segue into the story but the epilogue seemed out of place since it goes back to Claire's birth. All in all, an enjoyable if sometimes heart wrenching read, especially if you have had to deal with a family member having dementia or Alzheimer's. A few more chapters would have been great.
Coleman is a new to me author and I look forward to reading her other books. In England this book is called THE MEMORY BOOK which seems a much more appropriate than the title it has.