Today is my turn on the blog tour for To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse. For my stop I have my review.
About the author
Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know 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. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’. Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles 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 Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour. Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
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To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - < 2 days
Pages - 346
Publisher - Lake Union
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Goodreads
In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?
Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.
It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.
Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?
Merrin is a small town girl from a working class family, when she falls for Digby Mortimer, old money but the attraction and love is mutual. The big day should be everything she ever wanted and more....the day takes a turn and Merrin has to run, from heartache, embarrassment, small town gossip. Six years later Merrin is still scarred by her heartbreak - tragedy strikes and Merrin must come home, will she finally be able to face her past and move on with her future?
This isn't my first Prowse book, I had bought a few after reading some in 2017 but this has been my first in a while. I forgot how she weaves a story and pulls you into the pages, invested in the characters, love or hate you want to know more about them and what dramas unfolding next.
Aw Mirren I so felt for her, when reading this book I thought a perfect song for her and her predicament is absolutely Paloma Faith Only Love Can Hurt Like This. God love her, I did feel for her, loving her small town, super close to her family but having to move to protect herself.
The book covers so much, love, betrayal, loss, friendships, family, recovery, personal growth - I don't think anyone hasn't been burned by love yet we all respond differently. It was like sinking into a soap opera and following those you loved, didn't like so much, drama's that never really change despite the years because it is a small town and some things stay the same regardless of time passed.
I will be bumping up my other books by this author, if you just want to leave your own issues, worries and life behind for a wee while then I can't recommend this enough. We are having a rough time just now and my reading has absolutely suffered as a result yet I sank into this and despite having a million distractions and jobs to do I read this in two days, 4/5 for me this time!
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