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The Food of Love

Date Published: 1 December 2016
Book Number: 14
ISBN 10: 978-1503940048 | ISBN 13: 978-1503940048 | Kindle UK ASIN: B01FCZ5NXG

The Story:

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

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.

A Note From Amanda:

After hearing an informative and heartbreaking programme on BBC Radio 4 which featured a father whose daughter was had an eating disorder, I searched for a bit more information online to help get a better understanding of the problems that families touched by these conditions have to cope with. The results were shocking and the incidences of those affected appeared far more widespread that I had feared. It felt like this important topic wasn't receiving as much coverage as it should, so I came up with Freya's story of trying to help her daughter Lexi, who was struggling with anorexia, to help get the message out there. I regularly receive emails from parents of children who are going through a similar journey to say that much of the story mirrors their own personal experiences. Many parents said that recognising the initial stages of these conditions helped them to make an early intervention and so I'm very grateful that the book has been well received.

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Reader Reviews:

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2017

Amanda Prowse has produced another powerful and thought-provoking storyline. The Food of Love is an emotional and well researched story about a family battling with the effects of anorexia. It is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching and gripping book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this incredible story, albeit with lots of tears rolling down my face. I would highly recommend The Food of Love, be prepared for an emotional roller coaster of a read. An excellent and unputdownable book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2020
Just finished this book with my heart in my mouth as to how it was going to end. I shall not give any spoilers as I don't want to spoil it for anyone else to read but go on it's very good! Well written with a whole new insight into what it must be like to be the parents of an anorexic child. Very sad and at times I was close to tears. It's been one of those books that it wasn't until the end that the rather disjointed ends of chapters fell into place. I kept changing my mind as to what we were counting down to. Levi's death? Her funeral? What?? As the book went on I decided to accept that the endings of chapters were thus and swung backwards and forwards as to what the times meant. All finally becomes clear. A different format to say the least but they are necessary to bring the whole story of Lexi to its emotional end. I shall say no more other than read and enjoy.


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