The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse (Review)

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With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that 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 the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…

Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?

332 pages

Released on March 23rd 2017

This was a surprise. I went in not sure what to expect, and by the end I was pleasantly surprised.

All Lucy wants is to be a mum. She has the gorgeous husband (Jonah), great job, lovely home, but that’s not enough for her. Tragically her ability to bear a child is not forthcoming causing much distress for her and her husband. It was at this point that I started to roll my eyes. I understood how awful it must be in this situation, but there seemed to be lots of wallowing and I am sure no-one calls their partner ‘darling’ or ‘my love’ this much!

She then gets to be a mother to he husbands teenage daughter, which doesn’t always go to plan. But events change everything.

A big secret of Lucy’s is revealed, a meltdown occurs, parts of the story, which seem to be a letter to her much wanted child click into place, and a seismic shift in thinking for everyone happens

Overall it was a very well written story, with the final 3rd being the best part, where Lucy learns what being a mum really is.

Recommended to everyone who likes a complicated modern day family drama.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy!

Finished on March 22nd 2017

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You can buy the book here if you wish:

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

 

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