“His Name Was Ben”, by Paulette Mahurin is a tender, heart wrenching tale of love and friendship. Sara is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer when she meets Ben in the waiting room of her oncologists office. She is immediately drawn to him and surreptitiously gets his phone number. She has just entered a clinical trial for a new treatment for her cancer and is hopeful it will work.
Ben has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with only a 25 percent one year survival rate. He’s visiting the oncologist for a last-ditch effort at stopping the forward progress of the disease.
Sara and Ben end up going out on a date even though he is less than eager to start a relationship. They quickly become friends and then more. As they both struggle with their treatments they help each other work through emotional issues from their pasts.
Mahurin’s story looks honestly at the struggles of cancer patients and their quest for some type of normalcy in their lives. The relationship between Sara and Ben is beautifully developed and very believable. The characters are multi-dimensional and well-developed. This is a wonderful read!