Mr Portobello’s Morning Paper by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse

Sophia has everything she thought she wanted – so she should be happy, right? From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a heart-warming short story about new friends and missed connections.

Sophia Perkins gives up her job as a teacher to realise a life-long dream of owning a second-hand bookshop. Free from the wearying monotony of marking until the early hours and swallowing the disappointment of trying to educate disinterested young minds, she embraces her new life.

Still in the throes of grief, having recently lost both of her parents, Sophia is delighted by the daily visits of Mr Portobello, the shop’s former occupant, and their unexpected friendship blooms into something beautiful. In the process of learning about the eccentric eighty-year-old, Sophia learns as much – if not more – about herself. Mr Portobello makes her question her life, her choices and even how she grieves for those she has lost.

This new story with a warm vintage feel brings to mind the age-old saying: Be careful what you wish for…

When you’re in the mood for a something a little more bite sized in your fiction then you must read Mr Portobellos Morning Paper in which Amanda Prowse delivers her usual trademark style but concentrated into a beautifully insightful short story.

Working in a school and also having a hankering for opening a bookshop, I connected with Sophia immediately. I understood her need to follow her dream as often bereavement leads people to reevaluate their lives and want to throw caution to the wind, searching for some kind of self fulfilment and comfort. So Sophia opens up her little bookshop after leaving her teaching job. But it isn’t as easy as she thought it would be and one of her highlights of her working day is when the previous occupant of the shop pops in to chat. Mr Portobello is a wonderful character and his morning visits come to mean far more to Sophia as his attitude leads her to make some very out of character decisions!

The themes of love and loss, of living life to your full potential and taking chances before it’s too late are all explored as Sophia forms a heartwarming friendship with the eccentric older gentleman. I became completely immersed in their lives but I wasn’t prepared for the direction the storyline took and the emotional response hit me hard. But it was perfect, just perfect! Amanda Prowse gets me every time and there were a few tears shed towards the end of Mr Portobellos Morning Paper. I loved every page of this wonderful short story and would highly recommend you pick up a copy!

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty three novels and six novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s ambition is 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… Praise for Amanda Prowse: ‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan ‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail ‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello! ‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun ‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan ‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat ‘Magical’ – Now magazine


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