Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Tranquility belies its name. Behind the nursing home's serene exterior hides a sinister secret. Soon after transferring to Tranquility's dementia unit, support worker Sarah Scott suspects a co-worker of abuse. Doing the right thing could mean losing her job, and unemployment is not an option for the young, single mom.Meanwhile, Sarah questions whether her newest resident, Edie, belongs in the locked unit. The feisty, Scottish woman certainly doesn't act as though she has dementia. Sarah is determined to have Edie released, but her plans are thwarted when Edie risks her own freedom to help find the proof needed to stop the abuse.

Like many nursing homes, Tranquility has employees who are sadly not how they present themselves. Suspected elder abuse has become a thing that no one on the staff talks about in the Dementia Unit at Tranquility. When Sarah Scott transfers into the ward, residents start occasionally trying to say something about the verbal, mental and psychological abuse that they experience. Sarah does not discount what they say as being merely whining or a staff member coming from the old school way of doing things...but taking action could cost her the job she needs to support her young child.

While she is trying to figure out how to help rid the ward of abuse, Sarah meets some colorful people and we get a glimpse of what each was like before and after illness. There are moments of tenderness between families and moments of cruelty. Illnesses sweep through the facility. There is much laughter and much discontent. There are pillars of strength like Georgia and Edie who are determined to stand up for what is right and see residents treated with kindness.

On the homefront, so many issues are going wrong or lacking closure for Sarah.

Family, friends and residents all teach Sarah about strength, sacrifice, healing and LIFE.
My rating: 4.65 of 5 stars

Laurie grew up on a farm in a small Northern Ontario community in Canada. She left home at seventeen to experience life in the city and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband of twenty-seven years.

Raising three kids, teaching fitness and operating a home daycare left little time for writing, but she did have some poetry published in various anthologies over the years. In 1997, her short story “Til Death Do Us Part” placed first in the Cambridge Writers Collective anthology.

At the age of forty, Laurie went back to school and began a new career as a personal support worker. Though she ended up working in homecare, it was a placement in the dementia unit of a long-term care facility that inspired her to write her first novel, Tranquility.

Laurie is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Program through the local community college and is working on her second novel.


Laurie said...

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today. I'm so glad you enjoyed Tranquility!


Thank you for very realistic characters...both in terms of the changes dementia brings and in terms of elder care/abuse. I am glad you wrote this book and look forward to reading your second novel.

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