Sunday, 10 January 2016
Another Love - Amanda Prowse
Another Love is the latest novel from Amanda Prowse and one that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. When it arrived I settled down on the sofa and got comfy. After taking it literally everywhere with me, putting it down to prevent myself from reading it too quickly and then not being able to bear not knowing what was coming next so I'd find myself picking it up again. The next day after reading the last sentence, I closed the book, put it down next to me and thought one word. WOW!
Romilly has everything, the perfect marriage, a wonderful daughter, a job she loves and a beautiful house in the nicest area of town. As a child growing up with younger, prettier, twin sisters Carrie and Holly, she was always pushed forward by her mother as being "the clever one" and it was at university that she met her husband David.
Nervous about her first date with David a friend suggests that she has a drink to calm her nerves and Romilly soon discovers that the alcohol does help her relax and it's not long before she's finding more and more reasons to drink.
Once again Amanda Prowse has taken a sensitive subject and beautifully crafted a story around it in such a way that the characters leap from the page and into your heart. Watching Romilly's life falling apart as her drinking spirals out of control was painful to read and as a reader on the outside looking in you could see all the mistakes she was making and the effect that it was having on her loved ones. The astutely integrated chapters from Celeste, Romilly's daughter, tell their own compelling story of how precarious life is as a young child growing up with an alcoholic parent. Amanda has a real flair for writing stories and characters that really pull you in and make you feel a part of their story and they become your friends.
I absolutely loved this book and in my humble opinion it's Amanda Prowse's best novel yet but don't just take my word for it, read it for yourself. I'm sure you won't regret it.
Another Love is available from the 16th January 2016 and you can pre-order it here.
With kind thanks to author Amanda Prowse and publishers Head of Zeus for the review copy.