Release date - 18th July 2017
Book length - 290 pages
Publisher - Lake Union Publishing
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
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ABOUT THE BOOK
What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, 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.
I have read plenty of books that I have really enjoyed, that have made me laugh and well up, but there are only a handful that has reached into my soul and taken up residence there, and THE ART OF HIDING by Amanda Prowse is one of those special few that make it difficult to describe just how amazing it truly is.
Nina McCarrick has got it all - a husband she loves, two sons that she adores, a beautiful home, and a lifestyle where she never has to worry about the normal everyday things that most people lose sleep over. But even in her happy world, Nina struggles slightly with her confidence and whether or not she really fits into this gilded world of opulence and luxury, considering it is very far from where she started.
But when her husband dies suddenly, Nina and her children are thrown mercilessly into a pit of grief and despair, but that is not where the anguish stops. For Nina's husband had lied to her about so many things and now Nina must start right back where she came from, only this time she must also try to protect her boys from the harshness of their new reality.
Beautifully written with characters that will feel like you have known them your whole life, THE ART OF HIDING by Amanda Prowse exquisitely describes grief, loss, and the strength that one needs to forge ahead and find a different future than the one they always thought they would have.
Nina is an excellent character and as she started to realise her own capabilities and re-establish her relationship with her sister, it was a joy to watch her grow and believe in herself. I am a mother to two sons, like Nina, so I completely felt for her as she wanted to do everything she could to protect them from what was happening, but as the story continued, it was great to see the boys come into their own as strong characters too.
I cried, I smiled, and I loved alongside Nina and her family as they navigated their heartbreak and loss - both of their father/husband but also of life as they knew it. It is so easy to take what you have for granted, and THE ART OF HIDING will make you really take stock of that and make you look at your life with a much more appreciative view.
THE ART OF HIDING by Amanda Prowse is special in so many ways and needs to be read the world over, and it is one of those rare books that will be re-read many times in my home. A truly stunning novel!
Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books, but it wasn’t until she was forty that she began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. This was followed by the number 1 bestseller What Have I Done? Amanda now has ten novels and four novellas published.
All of Amanda's books in the No Greater Love series share common themes in that they are contemporary love stories, the main characters are women, just like you and I, who find themselves in extraordinary situations for love.
Her new series is the No Greater Courage series, tales of women facing the trials that life throws at them and having to dig deep to find the will and strength to succeed. This series includes the A Mother’s Story and Perfect Daughter, which continue to receive brilliant reader and press reviews.
Amanda’s ambition has always been 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...
Currently, Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their 18 & 19 year old boys Josh and Ben.
For more information:
Website - amandaprowse.org
Twitter - twitter.com/MrsAmandaProwse
Facebook - www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/mrsamandaprowse/
*I want to thank Amanda Prowse for the opportunity to review this compelling novel.
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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