Many thanks to EdPr for the tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘The Light In The Hallway’ by Amanda Prowse:
What does TWG think?
You know, I dont think I have ever read an Amanda Prowse novel that I didn’t like. How one author can write every single novel with such grace, heart, and poise without wavering once is beyond me – I am in awe and ‘The Light In The Hallway’ is no different.
When you lose someone in your life, the grief can be quite overwhelming, especially when there are other emotions to take into consideration as well as your own. For Nick and Kerry, their futures have always been mapped out together, but what they didn’t take into consideration was what would happen should one of them die before the other. They obviously knew that they weren’t immortal, yet they never imagined living life without the other one by their side.
Nick’s loss is heartbreaking, and it was clear that he would have loved to hide away from the world. However, he had a son who needed him. Other family who needed him. He couldn’t crumble could he? YES HE COULD. He was more than entitled to tear his hair out and grieve in a way that suited him! The thing is, because he knew that others required his warmth, his own emotions needed to be hidden away. It was as though he was stuck in limbo. He loved Kerry. He loved the life that they created together. So what happens now?
For me, the moral of the story was the importance of self care, self belief and self gratification. As the saying goes ‘you cant pour from an empty jug’, which means that without looking after yourself, you have nothing left to give to anyone else. I am the worst person to talk about this as I dont do self care, but in this review its do as I say, not as I do haha.
Nick wanted everyone else to be happy. He tried so hard to help them move forward in life after Kerry’s death, yet he was still stuck. How is that fair? Why is everyone else allowed to move forward and hes not?
‘The Light in the Hallway’ created so many questions in my mind, and had me second guessing life in general due to the way we, as humans, over complicate things when in actual fact, life isnt actually that complicated is it?
Amanda Prowse gives my brain a work out with every book of hers because they enable me to think outside the box. They enable me to think about emotions that I have tried to bury. They enable me to see different points of view that I would never have had the option to consider before. They enable me to be free from judgement and, most importantly, they enable me to believe.
Yes, this story is harrowing at times, and intense at others, yet it is always poignant and incredibly moving as we get to follow Nick on his own journey of self discovery. I know that, whenever I read an Amanda Prowse novel, that the light will always be on in my hallway, just as long as there is hope in the authors heart.