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Reviewed by Sandy Appleyard for Readers' Favorite
In As Ever, Pudd, Anita was in a marriage for many years to a man whom she loved dearly and had a family with. They had a good marriage, but when she met Lou, she didn’t realize how much more she could care for a person. The romance was sweet at first, but soon they fell profoundly in love with each other and she could no longer hide her feelings from her husband. After a terrible, heart-wrenching break-up and divorce between both families, Lou and Anita finally married. The story takes us through all the pitfalls, highlights and wonderful events that they encountered as husband and wife. Included in this journey, Anita has also captured all the traveling, family gatherings and very personal feelings she and Lou endured during their twenty-five year marriage. When Lou becomes ill, however, As Ever, Pudd takes a dramatic turn. Anita describes the heartbreak and emotional torture she experienced through the loss of her one and only true love. Some passages in the book were beyond personal, so much in fact that it felt like the reader shouldn’t be privy to such intimate thoughts and experiences. It is truly a gift that she is able to record her exact feelings and emotions, and feel comfortable enough with herself to be able to share them with readers.
What I enjoyed about As Ever, Pudd by Anita Ann Caruso was the unique way that Anita imparted their travelling excursions with her audience. For readers who don’t have much experience seeing the world, they will enjoy reading Anita’s personal take on certain regions of Europe and other places. What I also enjoyed was the way Anita reveals her intimate experiences via journal-like letters specifically written to her husband Lou. This painted readers a nice picture of how she would have addressed her beloved, and gave us a sense of not only how much she loved him, but how much she loved sharing her life with him and the moments of sheer happiness she enjoyed while being with him.
Without spoiling the end of the novel, I will say that Anita finds respite from the pain of loss, and finds a special way to deal with her grief. For some it may be a little far-fetched, but to others it may prove to be a comfort. Either way, as a reader, I’m glad she found happiness because Anita seems like a wonderful person and truly deserves to be happy. As Ever, Pudd is a heart warming account that many readers, both young and old, will enjoy.