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14 July 2016

Review: 'My Husband's Wife' by Amanda Prowse (2016)

Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings. She goes to sit on her favorite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy. But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?

Ever since I read Amanda Prowse’s novel ‘Will You Remember Me?’ (click here to read my review), I’ve been a big fan of her work. In my opinion she’s one of the best women’s fiction authors of the moment and her novels are always emotional, realistic and heart-warming reads which I simply can’t put down. After having read several of her books, including ‘A Mother’s Story’, ‘Another Love’, ‘Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats’ and ‘Christmas for One’, I am both honoured and excited to share my review of her newest release, ‘My Husband’s Wife’ with all of you today! I just want to give a very big thank you to Simeon and Amanda Prowse for providing me with a signed review copy, making it possible for me to dive into this new story before the actual release date!

Rosie Tipcott is incredibly happy with the life she leads in the town of Woolacombe. Her job cleaning caravans at a local holiday park isn’t really her dream job, but being a mum to her lovely daughters Naomi and Leona and coming home to her husband Phil make everything worth it. There really is nothing else she would want from life. Until Phil comes home one day and turns all of that upside down by declaring he’s found someone else and is leaving Rosie. Rosie is completely devastated and can’t believe this is actually happening to her. She knows she has to find the strength to go on, even if it’s just for her daughters, but will Rosie be able to set aside the perfect life she thought she had and start afresh…?

As soon as I see Amanda Prowse’s name on the cover of a book, it’s already enough reason for me to want to pick it up. No matter the topic, no matter the description, I just know it will be a good read, and I’m happy to say that so far Amanda hasn’t let me down once. ‘My Husband’s Wife’ is her latest release and it’s once again a gripping and emotional story about a female character that has to show great courage after she has experienced something unexpected. While the basic plotline of this novel isn’t the most original one (female character is happy, husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman), Amanda Prowse really managed to make it her own with her distinctive voice and writing style. I really love how she always takes the time to set the scene, to give the reader the opportunity to get to know the characters, so I felt myself really rooting for Rosie and feeling the same kind of emotions she was feeling after everything that happened to her and her family.

I do have to say Rosie got on my nerves just a bit every now and again; I really wanted her to speak up more, to take some action, but I also appreciate the realistic nature of the story and the characters. Who knows what we readers would do when placed in the same situation? Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this novel from start to finish and was particularly happy with the ending (which I won’t give away, of course!). Amanda Prowse really is one of my favourite women’s fiction authors and I can’t recommend her work enough to other women’s fiction fans. Trust me, once you get started on her books you will want to read them all, so be prepared! ‘My Husband’s Wife’ is another fabulous read by Amanda Prowse; gripping, realistic and a story that will tug at your heartstrings… Is it bad to say I already can’t wait for Amanda’s next book?!
Rating:9,5/10
 
For more information about this book: Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com / Goodreads

Thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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