rhia reviews | The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

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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 than 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?

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for providing me a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There is a really poignant message in this book that I really liked. Lucy is such a relatable, compelling character and her story is heart-wrenching. She struggles with many of the same things lots of women do – a ticking biological clock, a smug ex-fiance, and a troubled teenage stepdaughter.

One thing I didn’t like about THE IDEA OF YOU is the way the dialogue is written. All the characters speak in full, proper sentences instead of ever using any contractions which is great in terms of grammar – but I just don’t feel that people talk that way? This is such a personal nitpick though – I don’t think it detracts from the story.

Apart from that I adored this story. I’ll definitely pick up one of the author’s other works after reading this.

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