A few months ago, I had the privilege of meeting Kitty Caley in person. She shared with me the reason that she wrote her book, Ultimate Love: A Life of Soul and Searching. She told me she had not planned to write a book, but someone suggested that writing about Chip’s experience and what she and her son went through may help with her healing process. After listening to Kitty relate some of Chip’s struggles, I wanted to read her book. Ultimate Love is the story of the bond shared by a mother and her son. It is also a story of one man’s experience with a terrible disease. The book is funny, warm, agonizing and uplifting. It is both heart-breaking and heart-warming. The reader will laugh and will cry. Kitty does an amazing job of relating Chip’s longing for acceptance and love from his biological father, as well as the suffering he endured during his battle with AIDS Related Syndrome. Kitty’s writing draws the reader into Chip’s life and helps the reader visualize the agony that Chip endured. The reader also feels the maternal love and compassion that Kitty displays for Chip. Kitty sacrifices her own needs to make Chip’s life bearable. Through this traumatic experience, Kitty and Chip find Gods love.
I highly recommend Ultimate Love: A Life of Soul & Searching to any reader, especially those who may be caring for a loved one that is terminally ill.