July was a very exciting month for me. Not only did I go to Harrogate for the first time to attend the Theakstons Crime Festival, I was asked to read and review a book by one of my very favourite authors Amanda Prowse! And that review was my most viewed for the month of July so here it is.
About this book…
Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.
She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.
But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?
Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, does domestic drama like Amanda Prowse and with My Husband’s Wife she has given us an emotional but life affirming journey into the aftermath of a collapsed marriage.
Rosie could be anyone that you know-your sister, your friend or your neighbour. She is married, she’s a mum, she’s happy. Yes things can be difficult but that’s just life isn’t it? She knows that sometimes couples are too tired for sex and we all have money problems sometimes, don’t we? But Rosie’s world and all her quiet contentment is about to come crashing down on her when her husband reveals he is leaving her for another woman. And I just want to say that I loved the way that Rosie handled this because it was real!! She cried, she begged, she promised she would change (she didn’t need to we all know that!!!) She did what any one of us would do, she went to pieces and then all those little pieces collapsed around her when one by one she starts to lose everything and everyone else that she hold dear as well….but surely not her girls?!
I just hoovered up every single word of this wonderfully tense and heartbreaking journey for Rosie. I just wanted to be there for her, to be that mother that she didn’t have and never even knew. In fact, I spent most of this book in a high state of indignant rage, how dare they all treat Rosie like that! I felt utterly helpless!
Every character is well drawn here and the whole scenario well written and thought through. Amanda Prowse really does understand what real people do and feel. Her insights into family life are just so on point that I actually felt as if I was reading about a real family. There are just little phrases and sayings dotted about in there that are brilliantly descriptive in their very normality, like trying to cheer someone up at Christmas by letting them have first pick in the Quality Street tin! And everyone laughs when my girls and I describe people’s hair as “bouffy” so I’m glad to see I’m not alone in using that description!
I have always loved Amanda’s books but this one really did speak to me more than others, probably as I AM Rosie, or the Rosie at the start of the book at least. And I think most women will find something here that plays a personal chord within them too. Hopefully, like me, they will also find My Husband’s Wife a thought-provoking, insightful look into modern day extended family relationships brilliantly written and ultimately uplifting. I physically couldn’t put it down!
Many thanks to Simeon Prowse for providing an advanced review copy of My Husband’s Wife in return for an unbiased review.
My Husband’s Wife (No Greater Courage) is published on 14th July 2016 and is available to buy at Amazon UK
About Amanda Prowse…
Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books. Six years ago, she quit her job as a management consultant and began writing full time. Her first book, Poppy Day is a contemporary novel following an army wife whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to set out to rescue him after he was taken hostage in Afghanistan. Originally self-published in October 2011, Poppy Day quickly became a bestseller and Amanda joined the prestigious Head of Zeus publishing house.