• Love You Hard

  • A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love
  • By: Abby Maslin
  • Narrated by: Abby Maslin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Abby Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in a deeply affecting new memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered - and they learned to love again. 

When Abby Maslin's husband, TC, didn't make it home on August 18, 2012, she knew something was terribly wrong. Her fears were confirmed when she learned her husband had been beaten by three men and left for dead mere blocks from home, all for his cell phone and debit card. 

The days and months that followed were a grueling test of faith. As TC recovered from a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to speak and walk, Abby faced the challenge of caring for - and loving - a husband who now resembled a stranger. 

Love You Hard is the raw, unflinchingly honest story of a young love left broken and the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. Told from the caregiver's perspective, this audiobook is a daring exploration of true love: what it means to love beyond language, beyond abilities, and into the place that reveals who we really are. 

At the heart of Abby and TC's unique and captivating story are the universal truths that bind us all. This is a tale of living and loving wholeheartedly, learning to heal after profound grief, and choosing joy in the wake of tragedy.

©2019 Abby Maslin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“A moving and valuable meditation on the nature of mature love - love that is hard, and gloriously so.” (Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author of The Middle Place and Tell Me More)

“Inspiring, touching, and beautifully written, Abby Maslin’s memoir is a testament to love, resilience, and choosing joy during the toughest times.” (Maria Shriver, award-winning journalist and author of I’ve Been Thinking...

"Written with the grace of a novel and the power of personal experience, this moving book is filled with humor, insight, and enormous love. Maslin's touching story brings both tears and joy and offers the inspiring hope that there is always a way forward." (Janice Kaplan, New York Times best-selling author of The Gratitude Diaries

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The Maslin Family

I have known Abby and her family since we were kids. We traveled to Mexico for a month with our parents when we were in grade school. Family friends, not close friends. She has always been a kind and magnificent human being. After listening to Love You Hard I was literally speechless. I wanted to give her, her family and all her friends one massive hug. I am so thankful you felt comfortable sharing your story with the World. I know many people will learn a lot from your words. I wish you and your family all the love!

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Wonderfully frank book, narrated beautifully

This book was a bit harrowing to listen to, but Abby Maslin writes beautifully and unsentimentally about learning how to live again after her husband's brain injury. This was an inspiring and wonderful book!

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Do yourself a favor

Abby totally sucks you in with her eloquence and clarity while discussing one of life’s most traumatic, confusing events. I haven’t been so moved by a piece of writing in an incredibly long time.

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So well written!

I was touched by the author's honesty and the journey life has taken her on. Everyone can benefit from this book.

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The best book I have ever listened to on audible.

This is an incredible story, and Abby turns out to not only be an incredible human and writer, but narrator as well. Cannot recommend this book enough.

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a must read.

for every caregiver and family member with TBI. she writes what you are thinking. love.

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Patience is my mantra

My partner has TBI. So I downloaded this book in hopes I’d begin to understand the variety of ways to care for a loved one with TBI. This book gave me so much more. The honesty, transparency , and love this book emanates is astounding. I applaud Abby Maslin, for I am a women who loves hard also.

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  • 05-28-19

Simply beautiful, graceful & deep

I,too have experience of brain injury, its sudden drama, the recovery that takes forever

This book is excellent for those affected by brain injury as well as those who like poetic life stories.