Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Amanda Prowse and Kelly Rimmer will love The Lost Wife, the compelling story of a woman’s deepest secrets, and the friends and family who must learn to live without her.
‘An incredible, beautiful story of loss, love, forgiveness, moving on, overcoming grief, redemption and above all, hope.’ Renita D’Silva
When Ellie Moran passes away, she leaves her newborn son and husband Ed behind her. Their marriage was perfect, their lives everything they had hoped for. So why was Ellie keeping secrets from Ed?
Knowing he can never ask his wife the truth, Ed is struggling to cope. When the secrets threaten to tear his whole family apart, Ed turns to Rachel, the one person who sees him as more than just Ellie’s widower.
But then Rachel discovers something Ellie was hiding, something that would break Ed’s heart. Can Rachel help Ed to find peace without the wife he lost – and a second chance at happiness?
What does TWG think?
Oh Anna Mansell, what have you done to me, woman!! -snivvels-.
Ed Moran lost his beloved. Their son lost his mummy. Everything Ed does, reminds him of his late wife. Looking at his son, reminds him of his late wife. He has no-one to turn to, no-one on his side. Ed’s mother believes that his strength means that he can cope. What advice can you give to a man who has lost his wife?
I don’t really know what I was expecting with Anna Mansell’s new novel, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting what I read. I’m not saying that in a bad way either. For a storyline which is 100% heart-wrenching; it is unbelievably beautiful and, in a weird sort of way, it kept on giving. As readers we see Ed go through grief, trying to come to terms with not only his wife, but the mother of his son. How on Earth does he keep her memory alive for a son who would have no idea who she was?
Whenever I read books with an extremely high sentimental value, I try to spend time working out the emotion behind the actions (can you tell I’ve studied psychology?), yet with this book, I couldn’t. I had to let the storyline carry me until the end. I had to let the storyline become my brain so that I could focus on my own emotions whenever the storyline prevailed. In other words, I was an absolute mess and lost all sense of logical thinking.
‘The Lost Wife’ doesn’t just focus on grief and moving forward after death, it also focuses on family relationships and, most importantly; trust. I could see why Ed felt at the end of his tether due to his family, and he dealt with the secrets just like any human being. Who could blame him if he dealt with it any differently, and went off the rails?
I cannot, (as much as I have tried), put into words what Anna Mansell’s novel did to my heart. As a self-confessed Ice Queen, I think I now actually feel…..things! I’ve gone from being Elsa, to then being Snow White, all in a wave of a magic wand.
‘The Lost Wife’ needs to be experienced and devoured with your very own eyes. Reading second-hand thoughts on such a beautiful storyline does not do it justice at all. You need to be amongst Ed’s devastation. You need to be amongst Ed’s attempt of moving forward. You need to be amongst Rachel’s outsider advice.
You NEED to read ‘The Lost Wife’ and get swept away in its fairytale beauty of life, loss and finding your place in life.
Anna had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role, vowing to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. How To Mend a Broken Heart is her first novel and her life was not on the line in order to write it, or her second: The Lost Wife. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.