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The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey written and self-published by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this remarkable story by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley. I am honoured to share a guest post from Amanda with you all.

Guest Post  “The Boy Between” by Amanda Prowse.

            Having written many books that have been described as “issue” fiction over the years, covering subjects as diverse as anorexia, alcoholism and postnatal psychosis, I am used to readers getting in touch to share their own personal stories and experiences on the topics covered. I consider it one of the greatest privileges of being a writer that someone wants to share with me such emotive messages that are often told in confidence and are nearly always heartrending. It means the world to me when the story I have written so closely mirrors someone’s real life experience. I take this as the highest compliment.

            The experience of writing “The Boy Between” and the reaction from readers has been different to any other book I have written. Josh and I have been inundated with messages of love and support that have meant the absolute world. I can’t tell you what it means to open up my laptop and read words from people all over the world telling me that they are willing Josh on, offering words of advice or simply sending us love. I certainly feel that love! And trust me when I tell you it makes all the difference on the dark days. The dark days, which are getting less, but are still there.

            One of the most consistent messages I receive is from mothers and others who are caring for someone with depression or whose mental health is suffering. Their words of kinship are uplifting and it really helps to know that I am not alone, as I struggle to know how best to help Josh and what to do or say that might make things better. I know it is not my fight, as Josh says in the book, “it is not your battle. It’s mine. I am the boy between…” and whilst this is the truth, that doesn’t mean I don’t take every step with him along the bumpy road to recovery.

            “The Boy Between” is the book we hoped we would not have to write. I wish my son did not, like so many young men, suffer with a debilitating depression that lead to him to try and take his own life while a student at university. That said, I know it’s the book I wanted to reach for when I struggled not only to find ways to help him, but also to understand what had turned my outgoing son with the whole world at his feet into a sleeping shell of himself. And as Josh says, he might be a British boy, but sadly young male depression and suicide is a universal problem and for each young man like him suffering, there is a family like ours trying to make sense of it all. We hope this book brings comfort to the millions of people all over the world suffering from depression and those who care for them. Ours has been a tough, lonely and devastating journey, but we can finally, finally see small glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel.

            Knowing that there are days when my beautiful boy would rather not exist is something I will never fully understand and I will never, ever accept. I will fight until my last breath to keep Josh here. To keep Josh with me. He is my heart. It really is that simple.

Author Bio – Amanda
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty three novels and six novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine  

Author Bio – Josiah
Josiah (Josh) Hartley is 22 and lives in an isolated farmhouse in the West Country, but close enough to Bristol to enjoy its music scene. He is an animal lover and servant to two French Bulldogs. Equally happy at a music festival or watching rugby with his mates, he likes the outdoor life and with Devon only a short drive away often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down. After two stints at The University of Southampton and The University of Bristol and one unsuccessful suicide attempt Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that has held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Who Nearly Jumped carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It’s a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope: the proof being that Josh is still here and now excited about what comes next. He is ready to catch any opportunities that life throws his way, quite a thing for someone who only 3 years ago was ready to jump from the face of the earth…  

Anna by Amanda Prowse book review

Anna

Anna written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Head of Zeus, is available in ebook format from 8th March 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/TQt4Tv

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One Love, Two Stories.
Anna Cole grew up in care, and is determined to start a family of her own. Theo Montgomery had a loveless childhood, and wants only to find his soulmate.
Then, one day, Theo meets Anna, and Anna meets Theo. Two damaged souls from different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each others’ hearts?
There are two sides to every love story. This is Anna’s.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of  this book.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied.  However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Review

Anna is a deeply moving, beautifully romantic story full of emotions dealing with a torrent of heart-rending moments that define a young woman’s future.

Amanda Prowse is the master of storytelling that pulls at the heart strings but her characters and settings draw you in and you are captivated by the scenes set out so sublimely on the pages.

Anna has experienced so much tragedy, heartbreak and loss at a young age but the love and comfort and sheer belief she was given by her mother feels like she can take on the whole world. But is this enough for Anna to give her the strength to overcome what lies ahead?

All Anna wants is to feel like she belongs, to feel loved and cherished and part of a family. When Anna meets Theo she believes that he is the one to bring sunshine to her stormy days. However, little does Anna know is that Theo himself has faced many battles and his heart has weathered many storms. Can this pair of beautiful people with scarred pasts help each other and go some way to bring light back into their lives?

This story, Anna, was so beautiful and tender I adored it, every emotion it installed in me felt real and honest. I didn’t want the story to end and my mind was racing ahead to scenarios for how I would hope Anna’s life would continue.

I am desperate now to read Theo’s story and can already sense the anticipated emotions it will draw out of me.

To learn more about Amanda Prowse and her work please do visit the following pages;

Website:  http://amandaprowse.org/

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

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

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse book review

the art of hiding

The Art of Hiding written by Amanda Prowse, publisher Lake Union Publishing is available NOW in ebook format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

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Amanda Prowse knows what she is good at and she continues to dig into our hearts and souls with the words she pens across the page.  From the synopsis you know there is tragedy ahead but when you get lost in the minds of the characters the tragedy that strikes hits you like a sledgehammer and you are left with a shattered heart.  As the main character, Nina, slowly picks up the pieces of her heart you too are gaining strength from within.

Nina’s childhood wasn’t without struggles and when she meets Fin, 10 years her senior a confident, charismatic property developer she is taken in by his promises of a better life.  Happily married with two boys aged 10 and 15 life was idyllic for homemaker Nina but when tragedy strikes her world is turned upside down.  With the sudden death of her husband and father to her two boys Nina is trying so hard to be strong for her family.  However, she is to be dealt with another blow and her boys and herself have to take drastic action to survive.   When the full extent to the secrets he had hidden so well are uncovered Nina starts to doubt whether she actually knew her husband and also whether he actually knew her.

Building a new life for herself and her boys was a challenge and Nina had to step out of her comfort zone which she had slowly built around herself and had been hiding in since her marriage.  Her responsibilities with the love of her boys and her memories from her childhood gave her the strength she needed.

A truly beautiful story of grief, loss, secrets, strength and taking one day at a time.  Heart wrenching but at times inspirational.  5/5*

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

Website:  http://amandaprowse.org/

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

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

 

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse book review

 

the idea of you

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

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

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*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

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