Book Review: “ROSE COLORED GLASSES” – Medical Mystery Intersects with Love Story that Touches on Two Significant Diseases

Memoirs happen to be one of my favorite genres. If you’ve lost a close friend or family member or know someone who has a physical illness that is difficult to diagnosis this book is for you. “ROSE COLORED GLASSES” tells two parallel stories; one of a surprise second love and the other of an unexpected sickness and subsequent maneuvering of the labyrinth of physicians and possible treatments.

Jo Ann Simon relays her marriage to her chef husband, Tom. The love Jo Ann and Tom share is quite rare. This part of her story is like a fairy tale full of love and romance. After a weekend on Block Island, Tom discovers he was bitten by a tick. Then, begins the roller-coaster of their lives searching for answers from one doctor to another for a diagnosis to his weakening condition. The reader, like Jo Ann vacillates between LYME or Lou’s Gehrig’s (ALS) disease. Which is it? What would you do if your spouse or partner suddenly had to deal with a terminal disease? Jo Ann is up for the challenge and begins an exhaustive search to find the right treatment. Throughout the book, there are beautiful love notes from Tom to Jo Ann that melt your heart and bring tears to your eyes. Like these:


Jo – Everyday is beautiful with you in it. I love you. TK


I’ve never loved anyone like I love you. Your my special Angel. Love, Tom


I look forward to loving you more every day. xoxo Tom

This book is a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down. Jo Ann has an engaging writing style. Often, I felt as if we were friends on this journey together. Her message is also about hope and learning how to begin again after a tragic loss. I highly recommend this book.

A copy of this memoir can be found at Penn Book Center.

Check out her website to learn more about Jo Ann Simon and her future book tour!

Published by Smith Publicity.

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