Written by Amanda Prowse
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family. But will they be there for her?
Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.
Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?
When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.
Absolutely superb! Every woman who has ever felt taken for granted (and who hasn’t?) will identify with this book.
Rae-Valentine is a shy sixteen year old who pales in comparison to her shining light sister. When she makes friends with Dolly, a much louder extrovert and is introduced to her vibrant family, Rae continues to be the quieter person – the one who everyone can depend on. But for how long?
This is a truly amazing read; one which will make every woman feel as if Amanda Prowse has been sifting through their life and put her finger on the moments when they wish they had been more assertive. A beautifully written story, parts of which I could easily identify with (and which made me glad my first marriage ended sooner rather than later)! The characters are plentiful, realistic and a good cross section of society. There is more than enough detail to keep the reader glued to the pages and the ending is just sublime. A gorgeous book and one which will stay with me. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended. This author never disappoints!
My thanks to Lake Union Publishing for my copy via NetGalley. My opinions are completely my own.
Tags: family life, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 318 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
- Publication Date: 11 December 2018
- Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble
Meet the Author
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who 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 Coordinates of Loss’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Family Drama.’
Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour.
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…