Thursday, 21 September 2017

Review: The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding
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.
Shona's review 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have read written by Prowse, the first being The Idea Of You which I rather enjoyed, so much so that  I didn't take more than a cursory glance at the blurb before choosing this book. But it has sat on my kindle for a few weeks now waiting for me to work my way through my reading list, to the point that I had actually forgotten what little of the blurb I had read.

Prowse has a way of writing normal everyday women, doing normal everyday things, but in such a way it tugs at your heart strings. In this book we follow Nina and her two young boys as they try to deal with the loss of her husband, their father, and the aftermath of his death. Sometimes I felt so cross with Nina that I wanted to shake her, her sister openly says "I want to be the first person you call", yet she literally calls everyone else, including knocking on a neighbours door for help before calling her sister. But at other times I wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her it would be OK.

I loved seeing her finding her feet again after so many years of being completely reliant upon her husband, but i loved seeing her relationship with the boys change. But my most favourite thing about this book is that Prowse didnt just wave a magic wand and have everything be ok for Nina, She found a way through without needing to be rescued.

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