The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse book review

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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

 

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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

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

Girl 99 by Andy Jones book review

 

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Girl 99 written by Andy Jones, publisher Lake Union Publishing, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

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I was pleased to be involved in the blogtour yesterday with an extract from the book and you can read this post here.

This is my first introduction to Andy Jones work and I really enjoyed this romcom.  A modern day man’s bird’s eye view (get it!) of dating, life, relationships, families, love.  I loved the honesty in the author’s writing it was real and relatable.  Through all the fun elements of the story there were some very poignant moments that you could feel the vulnerability in Tom, the main character.

Tom has just recently split with his girlfriend Sadie and at the moment they both share the use of their mini car.  This however, was to prove disastrous.  Whilst Tom was out with his friend El the subject of his love life cropped up.  El set’s a goal with Tom, a bet with a £1000 wager to bed his 100th fair lady by a certain date.  El is terminally ill with Huntington’s disease, the disease is slowly taking over his body and mind which makes him talk very frankly.  The relationship Tom and El have is very endearing, one minute they can be having a right good laugh and a joke the next Tom will show his caring side with El.  It’s lovely but also very touching and sad.

Tom’s bet was on it’s way to the goal and at first Tom was quite complacent and enjoying himself.  However, he starts to see the challenge as a chore/obstacle and it starts messing with his life with almost disastrous results.  This change of thought seems to coincide with Tom’s developing friendship with Verity.  Verity is different to all the girls he’s met before and he feels kind of shy around her.

Tom’s relationship with his dad and sister was wonderful, heart warming and tragic to read.  These little interludes back with his family are very grounding for Tom.

This book Girl 99 was fun, heart warming, sexy, honest, it evoked real and raw emotions.  I really did enjoy the story and the humour softened the sadness and blended the atmosphere of the book harmoniously.  5/5*

To find out more about Andy Jones and his books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.andyjonesauthor.com/

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

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

Girl 99 by Andy Jones blogtour and book extract

 

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Girl 99 written by Andy Jones, publisher Lake Union Publishing, is available in ebook, paperback and audio download format from 14th February 2017.

To buy link:

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

Revised edition: This edition of Girl 99 includes editorial revisions.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of the revised edition of Andy Jones novel Girl 99.  Andy Jones has kindly allowed me to share an extract from his novel.  All the hosts on the tour will be sharing a different extract.  My extract is titled ‘The Bet’. This extract sets up Tom’s whole ill-fated mission – his friend in this scene, El, is suffering from Huntington’s disease, which goes some way to explaining Tom’s rather eccentric behaviour.

Eighty-five,’ El says, using his fork to trace the digits into his oyster sauce. ‘That’s almost a hundred.’

Did Phil cook Christmas dinner?’ I ask, sensing where this is going and not liking the look of the neighbourhood.

El shrugs, points his fork at me. ‘You should go for your century.’

Turkey and all the trimmings?’

Say you’re playing snooker or cricket,’ El continues. ‘And you rack up a score of eighty-five. You don’t quit. You get your head down and get on with it.’

Fine,’ I say. ‘I’ll do it. I’ll put an ad in the paper.’

Don’t be facetious; I’m only trying to help.’

I take a long sip of my Tsingtao.

Do you know how many people I’ve slept with?’ El asks.

I sip more beer and shrug.

Guess.’

I don’t know. Ten? Twenty?’

Guess again.’

A hundred,’ I say.

Do I look like a slut?’

I give El the finger.

He holds up four in return. ‘Three men and’ – he shudders – ‘one woman.’

I think that’s sweet,’ I say.

It’s pathetic. So, if not for yourself, do it for me. Think of it as having my share.’

Christ, El, you’re like a . . . like a dog with a bone.’

Very apt.’

And this is how it goes for the next thirty-several minutes. I try, numerous times, to change topic, but El’s train of thought is locomotive and will not be derailed.

What have you got to lose?’ El continues. ‘You might even meet someone nice.’

Done that, didn’t like it.’

Think about all the nuns, priests and ugly people that don’t sleep with anyone at all.’

And your point is?’

The point is,’ says El, ‘we need your hundred to maintain the global average.’

I can’t wait to share my review of this novel in the next couple of days.

To find out more about Andy Jones and his work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.andyjonesauthor.com/

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

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