The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse book review

 

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The Idea of You written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Lake Union Publishing, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audio download format.

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With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

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This was such an emotive storyline of one woman’s all consuming longing to have a child.

Lucy is approaching a time in her life when all around her friends and peers are starting a family.  She feels let down that she wasn’t invited to this exclusive party.  When she meets Jonah at a christening of all places love blossoms very quickly.  Now happily married a year Lucy and Jonah want to be part of this ‘new family’ party.  However, Jonah already has a child of his own from his first marriage, 16 year old Camille who lives with her mother in France.  Lucy is a little envious of Jonah who has already felt the emotions of becoming a parent but she is desperate to have her own little family with Jonah.

Lucy and Jonah are both ecstatic when Lucy finds out she is pregnant and Lucy soon starts nesting knitting little outfits for the newborn.  Sadly it wasn’t to be and Lucy in particular is left in despair.  The elation of finding out you were pregnant for then to be cruelly snatched away from you is such a traumatic blow for anyone.  Lucy’s emotions are understandably up and down with the highs and lows of the challenges she is facing.

A new challenge comes their way when Camille comes to live with them for a few months.  Jonah is delighted but as Lucy has never met her step-daughter fear creeps in and envy of the relationship that has already been built with Jonah and his daughter.

I can’t begin to imagine how this longing to become a mother must feel like and for it to be cruelly stopped at every turn you make.  However, Amanda Prowse poured so much into this storyline, the words emanating from the pages took you on this very emotive journey the heartbreak was very evident.  There is a twist that Amanda takes you on and I didn’t see it coming as I was so wrapped up in the now with Lucy.  My heart was in turmoil.  Lucy’s grief will always be there but in life we have to learn to focus our grief onto something positive and channel our love in other directions.  A truly moving story 5/5*

To find out more about Amanda Prowse and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.amandaprowse.org/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/MrsAmandaProwse

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My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse book review

 

my husbands wife

My Husband’s Wife written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Head of Zeus, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audio download and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.

She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.

But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?

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This is the first book I’ve had the pleasure to read written by Amanda Prowse.  I’ve heard so many good remarks about her stories and My Husband’s Wife didn’t disappoint.  I was instantly glued to this heart wrenching family drama.  Amanda’s words took you right there with the characters and you could feel the torment, the hurt, the despair, the gut wrench … This was such an emotive storyline that gripped me and at times I was shocked by the turn of events and I was taken on the emotional journey with the characters.  When I got to the end I felt I wanted; no I needed more!

This is a story of a happy family that one day became broken and once the cracks appeared they started spreading, causing even more damage.  Could the damage be repairable?

Rosie and Phil have been happily married for 12 years, they have two beautiful daughters, Naomi 7 and Leona 5 and live in the idyllic seaside town of Woolacombe.  When Phil announces out of the blue that he wants more out of life and that he also wants more than her Rosie’s world is turned upside down but this is just the start.  Her new life, which she is struggling to comprehend, is now like an emotional war torn field that she is unable to climb over the debris.  The pain and the heart wrenching increases.  Rosie has to experience all this and more to appreciate what her heart truly wants and needs.

A beautiful, gripping story that pulls at your heart strings.  5/5*

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To find out more about Amanda Prowse and her books please do visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.amandaprowse.org/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/MrsAmandaProwse