Review published on May 8, 2017.
Lucy is hitting forty and wants more than anything to become a mother. Married to Jonah for around a year, a very successful woman in her own right, a baby is what is missing in her life. Jonah’s daughter is coming over to stay, Lucy is struggling with her own family issues and now has a feisty teenager to welcome into her home. With surprises and heartache around the corner, Jonah’s daughter brings a whirlwind of emotions, testing boundaries and the potential to change the family dynamics forever.
There is no two ways about it, this book will strike a chord with you or completely turn you off the book. It covers some heart-wrenching issues, miscarriage, loss, infidelity, step-family dynamics, marital difficulties, relationships, families and secrets. Some of the scenes, especially for readers who have lost a child or experienced pregnancy that didn’t have the outcome you wanted, are especially hard.
Written from Lucy’s point of view and with each chapter starting with a letter to her baby, we experience the full heartache of longing and loss of a woman desperate for a child. Some of the writing paints a very dark picture and this book will be very emotive for some readers whilst possibly offering an understanding nod for others who have been there and experienced Lucy’s journey. This is my first time reading this author; The Idea Of You certainly packs an emotive punch and leaves you reeling, I would read her again. Whilst fiction, Prowse creates a realistic window into the harsh realities and torment some women endure trying to gain the one thing they want more than life. I disliked some of the behaviour of some characters and found myself questioning the likelihood of their actions and words; however, the reality often is quite unpredictable and people can do a complete 360! I would read this author again, in fact, I have a few of her books on my TBR pile.
The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
Lake Union Publishing 9781503942332 pbk Mar 2017
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