by Aline Coutu
As Aline Coutu sits in a pew, listening to the eulogies given for her beloved husband of fifty-six years, she begins to recall her life with him, expounding on the deep love and dedication they undisputedly shared for over half a century. In addition to touching on the family difficulties of her own childhood, Aline takes the reader on a journey through marriage, children, death and most importantly, what it means to live.
From the beginning of their marriage, a marriage her mother said “would never last,” Aline and Al know this is a “match made in heaven.” They work at various occupations and eventually plan and build a unique residential equestrian center housing thirty or more horses and accommodating guest riders from throughout the United States and several countries abroad. Through it all – financial worries, health and family issues, and the fear of the unknown – Aline and Al love each other unconditionally, together like newlyweds throughout their relationship. Thanks For The Memories is a profound autobiography that will encourage readers to believe in the simplicity of love while inspiring them to never settle for anything less.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aline Coutu is a retired administrator and marketing and advertising director living in Fort Myers, Florida, and summering in Narragansett, Rhode Island. For twenty-five years, she and her husband Albert owned and operated Honey Lane Lodge and Equestrian Center in Dublin, New Hampshire. Aline has three surviving children: Marc, Jean Michel, and Elisabeth. She enjoys attending live theatre, traveling, painting, being at the beach, bicycling, and entertaining at the piano. As an avid rider and trail guide for many years, Aline now enjoys attending horse shows to see her granddaughter Victoria in riding competitions.
Aline is currently gathering documentation for another book about her son “Jack” who, despite having a very dim prognosis after brain surgery, lived an active, happy, and courageous life for nearly four additional years.
“Thanks for the Memories” is probably the most enjoyable book I have ever read. I could not put it down. I finished your book with tears in my eyes, and it takes a lot to make me cry. Thank YOU for the memories. – Armand Boucher, retired store manager
Camilla and I read the book aloud, and laughed and cried through it all. You are such a good storyteller. Thank you so much for such a wonderful book. – Professor Frank Weiner, University of Rhode Island
I read “Thanks for the Memories” and it “blew me away”... I didn't want it to end. – Ella Buzzotta, portrait artist
I could not put the book down. As I was lecturing the following morning, I went to bed and tried to sleep, but could not. I continued reading the book through the night and to the end. This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. – Nikki Gazis, V.P., Global Friendships
Your book is wonderful. Such amazing memories and such an inspiring story. – Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Bowers, Yale University
Your book is wonderful, full of happiness and sadness. Beautifully written. Reading that last chapter about Albert was truly an emotional experience. I will treasure this book. – Judson Hale, Editor in Chief, “Yankee Magazine”
(2007, paperback, 108 pages)