Book Review: The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks 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 becoming parents proves much harder to achieve that Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah's teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn't have. Jonah's love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy's struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille's presence straining the bonds of Lucy's marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything...

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today's hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

It is no secret that if one is willing to read an Amanda Prowse novel, then one must also be willing to allow every single emotion to be wrenched from within them as the stories created by this author are told. I've no idea why, even now, I am still surprised at how emotionally exhausted I find myself, each time one of Prowse's novels reaches its end. I should know by this point that to go into one of Prowse's books is to sacrifice a small part of myself, a small space in my heart that will later inevitably become full of love for the characters I meet within Amanda's stories. You go into an Amanda Prowse novel yourself, but I do believe that you come out of them a different person, someone with experience which is taught by the author herself. These books change you, these books remain with you, and these books are incredibly special in that they are so real, raw and stupendously moving.

In Amanda Prowse's The Idea of You, readers are introduced to the Carpenters. Lucy and Jonah are newly married and enjoying their wonderful life together. As mentioned in the blurb, things really are perfect, and the only thing that could complete their world would be a baby of their own. Lucy knows she has it within her to be a mother. She can feel it in her very bones. She knows that she has got all of the love in the world to give, and there is no one she would rather give it to. But of course, life is rarely so simple, and proceeds to throw a number of obstacles in Lucy's way. In true Prowse style, readers are invited to walk alongside Lucy on this journey of loss, grief, hope and love which turned me inside-out repeatedly throughout reading, and left me utterly bereft and emotionally wrung-out by the time I reached the final page.

As is always the case with any of Prowse's novels, emotions are sky-high in her latest release, The Idea of You. I knew from the moment that I saw the cover and read the blurb that this would be a story I would not be able to refrain from crying over. It was impossible for me not to be affected by what Lucy goes through. Prowse never allows things to be easy for her characters, but this is something I enjoy so much when it comes to reading her books. The path is always bumpy but, by the end, it seems that the bumpy path was worth walking for what is achieved by doing so. The heartache that Lucy is subject to in The Idea of You is mountainous and, time and time again, just when the reader believes that perhaps Lucy is over the worst of it, she takes another emotional tumble and seems to find herself back at square one. The Idea of You is a novel of struggle and helplessness, of trying and trying again, of believing that something better is around the corner no matter how difficult it feels to uphold that belief.

Prowse explores a number of subjects within The Idea of You, delving deep into the emotional effects of miscarriage, and dissecting the bonds of family life, step-parenting and marriage in the most moving and tender of ways, leaving the reader completely involved in the characters' lives and circumstances. I myself have not experienced the topics raised within this novel, but Prowse's intense focus on emotions and how those emotions resonate throughout the rest of the family has opened my eyes, and I'm sure that there will be readers worldwide who will resonate with Lucy Carpenter's story on a deep and personal level.

Once again, Amanda Prowse has written a novel that not only educates but also evokes all manner of emotions from the reader throughout. The Idea of You is a beautifully hypnotising yet gut-wrenching novel that portrays flawlessly the strength of human courage and faith. Hummingbird Reviews is awarding The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse with five out of five stars. Prowse is an author who gives and gives, and I can only hope that she continues to do exactly for that many more years to come. Prowse is a natural storyteller who uses her heart to guide her character's way and it is impossible to come out of this novel having not been touched by it at all.

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1 comment :

  1. I have this in my review queue and am preparing myself for the emotional onslaught!