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Written by Amanda Prowse




From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul.

She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?




Beautiful and Faultless ..    5 stars

There’s a fine line between happiness and heartbreak – and that’s what this novel is about .. that fine, stretched-as-thin-as-it-can-get, line.

Rachel and James, along with their seven year old son, Oscar, are living the dream. Each day they wake in the sunny island of Bermuda and revel in where James’ hard work has landed them. With their own boat, they like to escape out to the ocean when they can to relax and have quality family time. Only one morning when James and Rachel come out of their cabin, they find no sign of Oscar and their world collapses in on each of them. Somehow, they no longer seem to be a couple but two people only barely surviving . . .

The characters are amazingly familiar – all different, all important in their own way and I can practically guarantee that more than one will ring a bell when you consider your own friends and family. There is one who stands out and I’m certain each and every reader will reach the same conclusion.

Grief is a very personal thing; there is no right way or wrong way about it but it’s raw and visceral and not something you can really explain to others. For any author to attempt to explain it on paper must be a daunting thought, but the result is staggeringly good, hitting all the highs and lows bang on. The writing, as always from Amanda Prowse, is faultless and I marvel at her ability to not only touch the soul of the reader, but to fill it to the brim. A special mention has to go to the cover – now knowing what is inside, it is perfection. I think this is a very special piece of work and one which, frankly, I’m not sure I shall ever forget. Yes, I have shed tears but it has left me with a beautiful calmness and perhaps a better understanding of grief. I am absolutely in awe at the skill within the covers, and I found myself closing my kindle with complete and utter satisfaction.

My very grateful thanks to Lake Union Publishing for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: family life


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3884 KB
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication Date: 25 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




Meet the Author



Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose has had twenty novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.

Published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is know as ‘The Queen of heartbreak fiction’ and she is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.

Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle, podcasts and inspirational advice see

Amanda’s ambition is 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…




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