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Blog Tour Stop with Review - The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse.

I'm a huge fan of Amanda's work and am thrilled to be part of this amazing tour.
The Idea of You

by Amanda Prowse

Published by Lake Union Publishing

21stst March 2017

Paperback Original, £8.99 and eBook, £3.98

Bestselling author of Perfect Daughter,

My Husband’s Wife and The Food of Love.

Inspired by Amanda’s own experiences, this is a compelling and heart-wrenching

look at the true meaning of love, family and motherhood.

What They Say:

"With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined after they suffer multiple miscarriages. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. And when Jonah’s teenage daughter comes to live with them, Lucy is confronted with the truth of what love and motherhood really mean. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything."

This moving and poignant story poses the question of what it means to be a mother in today’s hectic world, and whether it really is asking too much to want it all…

The Idea of You was inspired by Amanda’s own experience with miscarriage—one of which occurred while her husband was on tour in Iraq. Amanda maintains that the pain of losing multiple pregnancies has brought her family closer and made her appreciate her sons for the gifts that they are.

What I Say:

I have no idea where to start with this review. A lot of you know my past struggles with miscarriage and the fact that I haven't been able to have children (so far...) and have been really supportive and kind to me. Amanda is one of those people too. I reached out to her after having read somewhere of her struggles and we connected.

Reading any book about miscarriage, struggles to conceive or child loss is quite difficult, not just for me but for many women. Whether it's your reality or your worst nightmare, it's a hard subject. It's taboo and uncomfortable. It shouldn't be this way and Amanda Prowse is helping to break down these walls and make it ok to talk about. We aren't alone, none of us has to face this alone.

So, back to my review. The Idea of You is not an uncomfortable read. It is heartfelt, real, emotional, funny and ultimately an uplifting story about female resilience and strength. Lucy is an amazing woman and I feel like I actually know her. She is kind but hurting. She's strong but broken. She loves her husband but hates their situation. All of these things make her every woman. Her spirit may be bruised but she continues to fight and hope for what she wants more than anything else in the world. I think this is part of her that many miscarriage sufferers will relate to a lot. When (if ever) do you say "enough is enough"?

Jonah was an amazing character too. He was strong for his family. He was supportive even though his heart was broken too and he loved his wife so, so much that it warmed my heart. His vulnerability was real and I just loved them as a family.

I really do hope I have made sense and not just rambled here. I always find it really hard to feel competent as a reviewer when I read Mandy's books. They make me want to scream "ALL THE FEELS!!!" and call that my review...

The Idea of You is my favourite book by my favourite author and one of the nicest, most kind women I have ever spoken to! Read it, have tissues handy and then hug those you love.  11/10

Thank you to Amanda and Simeon Prowse for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 Amanda is available for interview / to write about her personal story.

About the Author:

Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist with an incredible 148K followers on Twitter. The Idea of You is Amanda’s seventeenth novel and follows her trademark style of writing about ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love while being tested in ways they never imagined.

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

A Mother’s Story, The Daily Mail’s Best Family Fiction title of 2015

A Mother’s Story, Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year for 2015

Perfect Daughter Selected as a 2016 World Book Night title

A truly amazing piece of drama about a condition that could affect any one of us in a heartbeat.
Every mother should read this book’ –
Danielle Lineker, actress and model

Another brilliant read from Amanda Prowse.’ Bella

Great books have the power to make readers stop in their tracks and rethink everything they thought they knew. Prowse's latest novel, The Food Of Love, is one such book. Delivers a hard-hitting, vivid portrait of one family's descent into the clutches of illness that will have readers considering their own attitudes to food and body image.’ The Herald

A deeply emotional, unputdownable read’ – RED

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

See or connect with Amanda Prowse on Social Media:

Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse


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