Author: Amanda Prowse

Audio Review: My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse

Posted October 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio Review: My Husband’s Wife by Amanda ProwseMy Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse
Narrator: Amanda Prowse
Published by Recorded Books on May 23, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours
Source: the Publisher
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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?

 

 
Rosie Tipcott is married with two young daughters, Naomi and Leona. She works part time as a hotel housekeeper but her main role in life is taking care of her family. She’s pretty content with her life until one day her husband, Phil, suddenly announces he’s leaving as he’s met someone else. The “other woman” is wealthy, beautiful and can still wear skinny jeans. In that moment, Rosie’s comfortable world is turned inside out along with her identity. Who is she if she’s not her husband’s wife?

 
Such an authentic story! I really liked Rosie, even though she’s quite different from the enlightened woman with whom I normally identify. She loved taking care of her girls and making a home for her husband, even though it often meant putting her needs and dreams on the back burner and there’s something a little bit noble about that. Her reaction to the breakup of her marriage was heartbreaking and realistic even when I thought she should develop a spine. But, the grieving process isn’t something you can dictate and Rosie went through the stages appropriate for her.

 
The narrator (the author) did a wonderful job in capturing the personalities of most of the characters but particularly Rosie and her daughters. She created vivid images in my head for these three. Loved her performance.

 
I really enjoyed this story and seeing this endearing woman work through a devasting event and come out on the other side more whole than when she began. Her daughters were hilarious and brought much needed levity. It was also interesting to see how other important people in her life handled her breakup, just like real life…those who remained her friend, those on the periphery who stepped up and those who abandoned her when she lost her identity as a wife. It’s a poignant story that realistically illustrated the emotional folly of making your dreams secondary to others. I liked the ending, even if it was a little too happily ever after. However, Rosie earned it.

 

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About Amanda Prowse

Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books, but it wasn’t until she was forty that she began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. This was followed by the number 1 bestseller What Have I Done? Amanda now has ten novels and four novellas published.

All of Amanda’s books in the No Greater Love series share common themes in that they are contemporary love stories, the main characters are women, just like you and I, who find themselves in extraordinary situations for love.

Her new series is the No Greater Courage series, tales of women facing the trials that life throws at them and having to dig deep to find the will and strength to succeed. This series includes the A Mother’s Story and Perfect Daughter, which continue to receive brilliant reader and press reviews.

Amanda’s ambition has always been 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…

Currently, Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their 18 & 19 year old boys Josh and Ben.

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Posted September 8, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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