Author: P.D. Bekendam
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Genre: Christian Fiction
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
Is a simple life too much to ask for?
Ben thinks the retirement home where he works should be called “Heaven Can Wait a Little Longer While I Golf” instead of Heritage Gardens. But who asked him? He’s just the janitor, after all. Of course, his inept boss, the cantankerous residents, and even his attractive podiatrist friend don’t know one important thing about him: he was recently a cardiothoracic surgeon, not a broom-pushing custodian.
Ben is in search of a stress-free life with a little freedom from the past thrown in. But will it be that simple to escape who he used to be—and all he used to fear?
This book starts off kind of slow and kind of weird at the same time. Ben has a severe anxiety disorder that manifests itself with OCD tendencies and a preference for prime numbers. Although these tendencies don’t seem to interfere with his daily life as a custodian, he does recognize that it is keeping him from having many meaningful personal relationships. This book follows his journey to forgive himself for a tragedy that happened during his years as a surgeon. A tragedy that pushed him to distance himself from everyone he knew at that time, which is how he ended up at Heritage Gardens.
The reader will quickly realize that he cares deeply for the residents at the Gardens and will do anything to help them. His journey of self-forgiveness leads him to deepen many of his friendships at the Gardens and afterwards, and eventually to deepen his relationship with God. I enjoyed it once I got deeper into the story, and I think it is a great vacation read.
HEAT Rating: Sweet
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More
Source: Received for an honest review.