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?
“It’s always darkest before the dawn.”
Oh my poor heart. The book blurb says ‘heart-wrenching’ and it certainly is. You will need tissues! What an emotional roller coaster ride Amanda Prowse takes us on. This is a powerful book looking at the emotional and mental trauma of trying for a baby. For so many couples this is something that they live with day in day out, my heart goes out to those who are so desperate for a child but for whatever reason cannot have one. This book certainly made me hold my little one just that little bit tighter.
From the moment I met Lucy, I liked her. She’s successful, attractive and has finally found her soul mate, Jonah. Only one thing is missing – a baby. The characters in this book are so well drawn, I felt like I knew them. I came to care about them and I felt everything they felt, the good and the very very bad.
The pressure, strain and the emotions of trying for a baby can destroy relationships, Jonah and Lucy’s marriage is well and truly put to the test. The strain becomes even tighter when Jonah’s teenage step-daughter, Camille, comes to live with them and a secret of Lucy’s is revealed.
‘The Idea of You’ is a beautifully written book about a sensitive subject, Amanda Prowse deals with the subject matter with heart and a deep understanding of the pain of child loss. I raced through this book, I had to know how life turned out for Lucy, Jonah and Camille. This book will be one of those that stays with me.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS
Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.
‘The Idea of You’ is out now in paperback. With thanks to the author for my copy.
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