Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 July 2020
How do you forgive the family that lied to you and love the mom you never had?
Victoria has led a very love filled relaxed life in Epsom, Surrey brought up by her grandparents after being told her mother, Sarah and father, Marcus are dead. Prim, Victoria's grandmother, will never speak of Marcus, blaming him for causing her daughter's death by introducing her to drugs. When Victoria comes home one day and discovers Prim has passed away her world turns on its head and she is left alone, the closest she has to family now is her best friend Daksha, who rallies round as best she can, always with the offer of a cup of tea not far away. On the day of Prim's funeral a woman turns up, claiming to be the mother that she thought was dead. Victoria cannot understand why Prim, the one woman she thought she could trust, would lie to her, but to ever be happy again she needs to find out why. Can she ever trust anyone again?
This story is split between Epsom, Surrey and beautiful Oslo, Norway which Amanda frequently speaks about so lovingly. It's a tale of addiction, love, loss and trust. We all believe we can trust those that we love implicitly, when that trust is broken what do we have left?
Amanda Prowse is one of my go to authors when I need a change of genre from the thrillers and crime that I'm used to, I know without even reading the blurb that I'm going to love the book because, as I've said before, Amanda brings her characters to life through the pages of her books and makes them so realistic that I feel I'm living their lives with them. She covers topics that resonate with us all as we, or someone we know, face these at some point in our lives, she delivers them so on point and so beautifully that it's impossible not to be affected in some way, and once again, I cried so many times through this one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 July 2020
Having avidly sought out and read all of Amanda Prowse's books, this one moved me and had the greatest impact of all of them.
For a start, I don't think any book has ever made me cry so much... but also think, and laugh, and feel. It's beautifully written and so real and immediate.
Can't recommend it enough; I think I'll feel its effects for a very long time.