With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…
Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?
This is the first Amanda Prowse book I have read, and I find that it is her 16th novel, so I have a lot of catching up to do as I absolutely loved her style of writing. The book flowed beautifully and I couldn't wait to reconnect with it each time I put it down, it was like catching up with an old friend.
Although Lucy has a very successful career, her love life hasn't been so good. With an ex who is now married to her cousin and no suitable man on the horizon it seems she has no chance of a baby of her own. Until she meets Jonah.....
I felt so much for Lucy during this book, not only for her personal struggle but when Jonah's daughter arrives I think i would have walked out almost immediately. Seemingly pushed out of her own home and every kind gesture she makes turned against her. Throughout the book there are letters that Lucy has written which give another insight into her struggle. So much depth achieved by so few meaningful words - with fully rounded characters that you can identify with.
Although not a "happily every after novel" in lots of ways that satisfied me more as it was a real true to life tale. It would have been easy for the writer to do the usual tying up of loose ends - but I loved it even more for its raw honesty. So many difficult subjects are dealt with in this book with sensitively and honestly.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Negalley for an advance copy of the book for review.