The Idea of Youby Amanda Prowse

Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
5 Stars

Synopsis: With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks 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 becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

My Review: Lucy Carpenter is approaching her 40th birthday as well as celebrating one year of marriage. Her wonderful husband, John, is a divorcee with a 16 year old daughter who lives in France with his ex-wife and step-dad.  Lucy is hoping to soon have it all, a successful career, a wonderful marriage and a baby on the way. Unfortunately for Lucy and John, becoming parents may not be in the cards. Amanda Prowse has written about motherhood, or specifically the struggle families deal with when there is a miscarriage. This is an emotional book especially if you or a family member have lost a child due to miscarriage. The characters in this book are very real. Lucy and John love one another, yet still have issues to deal with. John’s daughter, Camille, struggles with a new step-mother and the loss of her father’s time and affection. She is not likable when she is introduced, but as the story continues, she changes and becomes a much nicer young lady. The struggles this family goes through are real, and the changes the family dynamics go through could happen to anyone. A great story with great characters that will pull at your heartstrings as well as make you smile. Definitely a recommended read for anyone who enjoys family dramas. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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