Amanda's Books

Perfect Daughter

Date Published: 2 July 2015
Book Number: 8
ISBN 10: 978-1784970352 | Kindle UK ASIN: B00R4PUDVK

The Story:

Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams.

She was going to have a successful career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.

But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then Jacks' elderly mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and had to move in. Now their little terrace in Weston-super-Mare is bursting at the seams.

Jacks' dreams were put on hold long ago. But if she can save up enough to give her teenage daughter a bright future, then all her sacrifice will be worth something... won't it?

A Note From Amanda:

By 2014 I had been writing full time for a few years and in addition to looking after my teenage sons, had also taken on some caring responsibilities for my wonderful nan. It felt like I was working around the clock just to stand still. Around this time I started hearing more and more women were in the same situation of being 'sandwich mums' where they are caring for a younger and older generation and putting all of their own aspirations and ambitions behind those of their family.

Standalone or Series?


Reader Reviews:

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2019

This month's book for the U3A Melton Mowbray Bookclub is 'The Perfect Daughter' by Amanda Prowse.

This brilliantly written book is based on a mother called Jacks who is heavily burdened by looking after her mother full time who is diagnosed with dementia aswell as taking care of her home, husband and children. Jacks is struggling to cope with her life and is hanging on to any hope of a better life.

I really enjoyed this book and it felt realistic. I have read numerous books based on family dramas and they felt so unrealistic. Yet, Amanda has wrote an entertaining, enlighting and relatable story.

I will be looking out for more of Amanda's books In the future.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2017
5 star review for Amanda Prowse's Perfect Daughter. Once again, she takes us right into her character's head and women all over the world will identify with the everyday stresses of an ordinary mum (Jacks) in a monotonous marriage with 2 children to take care of, then having her mum with Dementia moving in as well and she ends up trying to be everything to everybody. She wants to relive her life vicariously through her daughter but the daughter has other plans, and she feels her daughter's life will turn out to be a duplicate of hers. The story is very well told and is easy to follow, even with the time jumps, and is an easy holiday read. You sympathise and empathise with all the characters, have a few laughs and tears along the way, and the ending is unexpected but lovely.


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