#BlogTour! #Review of The Food Of Love by @MrsAmandaProwse @MrSimeonProwse

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Wow, last year I was reading Amanda’s books, I never thought I would be personally asked to take part in her blog tour. But I was (thank you Mr & Mrs Prowse), and this post can only mean one thing….today it’s TWG’S stop on the tour!! Before I start making a speech about how thrilled I am to be involved, forgetting that my blog isn’t an award ceremony (shocking), let’s get on with the review shall we?

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Blurb.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

What does TWG think?

This is probably one of the hardest reviews I have ever needed to write. Not because of who the review is for, but because of contents of the storyline.

In the blink of an eye, Freya’s vision of a perfect life shatters right in front of her. Relationships that she thought were honest and open, turn out to be closed and tainted. Children who she thought were happy and glowing, were actually sad and spiralling out of control. Freya has a big decision to make; fight…or flee?

I had a slight feeling that I would maybe shed a tear or two throughout the book, I completely underestimated my feelings. I didn’t shed a tear or two; I sobbed my little heart out. Why? Because I was Lexi. Just like Lexi, I spent most of my life battling with the number on the scales and seeing food as a negative substance. I had to keep pausing as I read this book to ensure that I had digested every single emotion.

‘The Food Of Love’ is not a book to rush read. It is not a book that will give you self-help or tips on how to cope with anorexia, especially given the fact that each character, just like every person, will respond to situations differently. It’s a book which highlights the complexity surrounding anorexia, bulimia and mental illness. I found it very hard to read Lockie’s feelings on anorexia as they were so brutal! Don’t get me wrong, I understand that some people might not believe anorexia to be a ‘real thing’, or can’t work out how hard it is for the sufferer to do what everyone else classes ‘easy’. But, having had Lockie’s words shouted at my face multiple times by people who couldn’t understand, it was really cutting.

Like other Amanda Prowse books, ‘The Food Of Love’ contains moments that will leave you thinking the worst, wondering what’s going to happen as tears fall down your face. After I read the book, I went nosing at other reviews elsewhere; I’ll be honest, the content of them shocked me as they were insulting the mental illness overall. Amanda obviously did her research on the topic, especially given the fact that I felt as though I was reading a story of my life due to Lexi’s struggles. Every emotion Lexi let out, I felt. Every negative comment towards herself, I said the same. But there is a difference between going through it yourself, and reading it in black and white, it hits home dramatically.

My heart went out to Freya and Charlotte as well. Freya was trying to be a mum to her very poorly daughter and was often torn over whether to be a mum or remove her emotions from the situation. Now that is a tough decision for ANY parent as all we want to do is keep our children safe, but we aren’t in their heads are we? The family’s devastation cut straight through the storyline in multiple ways, it was incredibly hard to watch a family fall apart with no understanding on how to pick it all back up again, with no guarantee that the pieces would glue back together either.

Yes, I found this book exceptionally harrowing and difficult to read. BUT, if someone finds this topic easy to read, I want to know why. Amanda has written the entire storyline with incredible realism and power; the topic is real, the emotions were real and she has captured them all beautifully. Amanda hasn’t touched upon the subject with a feather duster; lightly. She touched upon the subject with fire, poignancy and true grit; and for that, I applaud her. I applaud her for helping to highlight an illness that gets laughed at and is surrounded by a truck load of stigma. I applaud her for capturing my heart and soul (yet again), with such powerful writing.

‘The Food Of Love’ made me cry, a lot. It made me smile. It made me laugh. Most importantly, it made me feel as though I am no longer weird for having anorexia. Thank you to Amanda Prowse for writing the words us sufferers couldn’t even say, let alone write. Thank you for writing such a heart-wrenching yet beautiful book that captured my heart and soul almost immediately. You have completely outdone yourself with this book, I need to hug you now.

Thank you Mr & Mrs Prowse.

The Food Of Love by Amanda Prowse is available to buy in multiple formats NOW from Amazon UK, I highly recommend it. Just ensure you have tissues with you.

Make sure you keep following the blog tour for ‘The Food Of Love’ as there are a lot more fabulous blogs coming up! The picture below is just HALF of the bloggers that are involved in the tour, I am humbled to be one of them.

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Book review – My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse (@MrsAmandaProwse) @HoZ_Books

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Blurb.

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?

What does TWG think?

We all have a special place to think or zone out, some may call it their ‘happy place’. A place to be alone with your thoughts, both positive and negative ones. For Rosie Tipcott, that ‘happy place’ is a bench, the place where she can think about those that are dear to her as well as memories she didn’t have a chance to make. Her husband and her daughters are her world. Rosie knows how to be a mum and a wife, it’s all she has ever known. Suddenly, Rosie’s ‘known’ life becomes the unknown, will Rosie find the strength to swim before she sinks, or will she always be known as ‘My Husband’s Wife?’

Before I begin, I would like to say thank you to the Prowse’s for allowing me to have an ARC in return for my honest opinion.

I have been staring at my screen for the last half an hour, trying to create a functional sentence that isn’t made up of just adjectives. It is proving to be quite tricky I must say, especially as the author of this book is THE Amanda Prowse. Reviewing Mrs Prowse is as nerve-wracking as reviewing the Queen (I can only assume!). ‘My Husband’s Wife’ put a spell on me from the first chapter; I couldn’t put it down, and I most certainly didn’t want to put it down. Rosie Tipcott has quickly turned into one of my favourite female main characters. I warmed to her loveable and enticing nature straight away as her heart is filled with so much love, it spills outside the book. Throughout her life, Rosie has felt a sense of abandonment, especially as no-one close to her was willing to fill in the gaps of her life she so desperately craved.

Reading about Rosie’s feelings of abandonment struck a chord with me, I wanted to hug her, tell her that I understood her feelings. But I couldn’t. I couldn’t let her know her feelings were justified and that made me quite sad. Just like Rosie, I feel abandoned due to events in my personal life, such an unexplainable feeling that can only be reassured by the gaps being filled. The impossible gaps.

All Rosie wants is a happy life, not much to ask is it really? As far as she is concerned, her life with her husband and two daughters is just that, unfortunately her husband disagrees. As soon as I realised what was about to happen with Rosie’s children, I held my breath, I couldn’t imagine for one second how that must feel to have your own children taken away. To watch them leave without any word of when you will see them next, rendering you absolutely useless. At that point in the book, my heart broke for Rosie and her children. Her whole life was turned upside down because her husband didn’t feel like thinking with his brain.

As you can tell, I’m sure, I like to get rather involved in storylines and characters within a book.  Previous books that I have read, I have gotten involved in,  but never have I ever gotten so involved in a storyline that I lost sight of my surroundings. ‘My Husband’s Wife’ pulled me onto the rollercoaster ride of emotions, and I couldn’t have stopped if I tried. It was just me and the book. I laughed, and I cried (a lot); all I wanted to do after I had read it was give Amanda a hug.

‘My Husband’s Wife’ took me on a journey, a journey that I have never experienced before and one that I will never, ever forget. Every single word that Amanda wrote was backed with emotion, powerful emotion that would easily knock you off your feet. Reading Amanda’s work of art didn’t feel like reading a book, it felt real. Imagine watching situations happen in front of you in your every day life, it was exactly like that.

‘My Husband’s Wife’ is a book about motherly love, loss and finding the strength to carry on, no matter what. A book that you will always carry with you in your heart to remind you that it is okay to feel emotion. It’s okay to cry, your feelings are justified. I will forever carry Amanda’s book with me in my heart and my soul, something that I never thought would be a possibility. I am in awe of the complexity of this book, yet it is relatable in so many ways. A powerful gem of a book that will fill your arms with goosebumps, and hypnotize you in ways you never could have imagined.

My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse, published by Head Of Zeus, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK

It’s that time again!! TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….

I am probably one of THE most indecisive people there is, I think, am I? I’m not too sure….
Anyway, put Amazon in front of me open at the AMAZING book deals, I become even worse! A shaking, indecisive….mess. Wait, wait, that’s the weather. Isn’t it?
To save you becoming a TWG double, I am bringing the deals to you (don’t say I’m not good to you)! Plus, they’re brilliant deals today (as always), so, you probably won’t have to decide anything as you’ll buy them both!

Today’s TWG deal is from the incredibly talented and very humble author (who is SO, SO lovely fyi); Amanda Prowse!!
Both books are currently on offer at 99p EACH, again, LIMITED TIME ONLY so you really need to be quick on these. The prices could go up at any time, and, seeing as one of the books is currently a ‘Best Seller’, I wouldn’t be surprised if the price goes up sooner rather than later. That said, authors we love are worth every penny, but if they’re on a deal, it’s an excuse to buy more, right?

First up:

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‘In the early years, she was happy.

Romilly loved her stunning house, her kind husband and gorgeous daughter. Sure, life was sometimes exhausting – but nothing that a large glass of wine at the end of the day couldn’t fix.

But then a glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Once, Romilly’s family were everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love…’

‘Another Love’ currently has 186 5* reviews on Amazon, 99p is a bargain. The starry book can be bought from Amazon UK

Amanda’s newest release:

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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?’

My Husbands’s Wife is available to buy from Amazon UK

Two well spoken about books, from a best-selling author for a mere 99p EACH. What’s not to love about that?

Please do remember that the offers are only on for a LIMITED TIME ONLY. I do not know when the offers will end. Please don’t snooze or you will LOSE!

Also, if you have read any others of Amanda’s books, or, after you have purchased the ones above, please could you leave a constructive review on Amazon. Reviews to authors are like coffee to parents, they’re needed, appreciated and will perk a person up no end!