Love, Life, & Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian Book Review

As my readers know--I love memoirs. I love reading stories and memories--and gaining insights and wisdom from those sharing pieces of their pasts. Today, I have a non-fiction memoir in our book review spotlight. Read my thoughts on Love, Life & Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian by Judy Gaman and learn about the author too! What did I think of Love, Life, & Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian? 

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About the Book

Judy Gaman was so busy making a name for herself that she barely took the time to meet a stranger, enjoy life, or simply stop to breathe. Immersed in her job as the director of business development for a high-profile medical practice—a job that required her to write health and wellness books and host a nationally syndicated radio show—she spent every day going full speed ahead with no looking back. That is, until the day she met Lucille Fleming.

While writing a book about longevity, Judy Gaman met centenarian (100+ yrs in age) Lucille Fleming in Dallas. Lucille was larger than life, and what was supposed to be a short meeting turned into an inseparable friendship. As the two bonded and through their shared stories and their faith, they learned that true friendship knows no age. They also discovered that the human experience, regardless of generation, has similar milestones that shape our lives and make us who we become. Lucille’s lessons would ultimately help Judy break free from the chains of workaholism. But, it wasn’t until Lucille’s death that Judy realized the importance of the first lesson Lucille ever taught her. Love, Life, & Lucille highlights the core of Lucille’s secret to a long and meaningful life.

My Review

The author's stories share wisdom, humor, and faith.  I immediately fell in love with Lucille. The author portrayed her friend in quite vivid fashion, and the stories she chose brought the best of Lucille to light. The friendship they shared--the stories and the memories that they both shared and made--flowed from page to page. As their friendship grew, both women became more robust and more fulfilled through their bond. Lucille shared her wisdom, stories, and lessons learned through life, and Judy opened her heart (and even home) to her friend. Their friendship shows us that we never know who or what may be missing from our lives until we find it! 

Gaman's storytelling (and Lucille's) caught me from the first few pages. This novel was one of those books that I was sad to finish. I loved being a part of the author's life and sharing Lucille's world. I enjoyed the author's writing style. She immediately brought the story to me, and her words brought Lucille to life from the very first few pages and kept me entertained and engaged through to the end. 

Would I recommend Love, Life, and Lucille by Judy Gaman? My mother passed away earlier this year. Our relationship was not a strong one. I would have loved to have had a friend like Lucille--but, I guess it's never too late, right? If you enjoy memoirs with strong female characters filled with life lessons and faith--this is the perfect book to share with the women in your life. From young adults to older readers--I think anyone who enjoys life stories will love this book!

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 Meet the Author

Author, speaker, and CEO Judy Gaman is a force to be reckoned with. She spent almost a decade as a nationally syndicated radio show host of the Staying Young Show and has now ventured out with a new podcast, Luxury Medicine Playbook, in addition to continuing to offer Stay Young America on both radio and podcast every day. She is an award-winning author whose past works have won accolades from the Beverly Hills Book Award (finalist), National Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards (bronze), a well as earned a Readers’ Favorite 5-star review. A mother of ten and grandmother of five, she lives in Texas with her husband. 

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  1. Angela,

    Love your blog! So much great stuff here. Thank you so much for the kind words. You can see photos of Lucille at

    Keep up all the great work you're doing here. You write - we read :)

    Judy Gaman



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