- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3271 KB
- Print Length: 343 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (11 November 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07RK8XBNK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 361 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Amanda Prowse manages to talk about [grief] with heartbreaking accuracy...It seems strange to call a book like this uplifting, but it really is." --Yahoo!
"A moving read." --Bella
"There's sorrow and joy to be found in this emotional story." --My Weekly
"[An] absorbing and emotionally acute tale of grieving, family, and new beginnings. Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure." --The Lady magazine--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-two novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned 'queen of domestic drama' by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.
You can find her online at www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter or Instagram @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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parents and couple of really great mates but finds it difficult to deal with his and his teenage son’s grief, whilst doing the right thing by his in-laws. He wants to encourage his son to achieve the most he can out of life, including attending Uni and graduating - things that Nick never got to do. He wonders if he will ever find happiness again. He is a warm selfless man who does his absolute best but at times it seems he can do nothing right.
The story makes you laugh and cry in equal measures and was thoroughly enjoyable to read.
This story is set in a small Yorkshire town.
Nick is a mid-thirties widower with a teenage son. He knew his wife, Kerry from school days and they had a teen marriage due to an unexpected pregnancy. He also gives up his dream of further education and reaching his potential.
His goal, now is to get Olly settled at university and get on with his life as best he can.
Parts of the story are told in flashbacks to 1992, a pivotal year in which so much changed for Nick and his childhood friends, Eric and Alex. It was a year that set in motion the making of good men.
Despite mixed reactions from the town's inhabitants and his relatives, Nick makes the first tentative moves towards warding off his terrible loneliness.
And when the threat of closure comes for a town industry that has employed generations, Nick has to find new strengths within himself.
Having seen friends go through this similar situation, the way this book was written gave me a new understanding of the emotions a family goes through when they experience loss and love.
I loved the characters in this book and would love to read a sequel to see how they all continue to grow.
Amanda has an incredible talent to write from the heart and engage her readers into the story line where you feel like you are a character in the book observing the story unfold.
But in fact it was extraordinary!!
Amanda Prowse has a gift for taking regular, every day people and giving them a voice...
Some bits didn't add up, but overall a deep thinking read.
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The characters are amazing and I absolutely love that it's told from the male perspective. I found myself willing on and almost shouting at characters at some points and I got emotionally invested on such a roller-coaster my poor husband could barely get my attention.
I laughed out loud at some of the 'helpful' comments and judgements from family members and the dynamics between Nick and Ollie are I feel very accurate. It's great to be able to read something that looks at the mental health and grief of families in such a powerful way. I cried (but only once) and I've enjoyed reading it so much I've just purchased it on audible as I love Amanda's narration and the extra emotion and depth she brings to her book by reading it herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am loving the audio book version. Another stellar read I would hesitate to recommend!
This is a story of love, loss, relationships, friendship and family and is told over two timelines; the present day and, at the end of each chapter, 1992 where we are taken back to Nick's childhood in which Amanda portrays the strong bond of friendship between Nick, Eric and Alex beautifully and the trials and tribulations they are faced with as they are growing up.
This author brings her characters to life through the pages of her books and makes them so realistic that I feel I'm living their lives with them. She covers topics that resonate with us all as we, or someone we know, face these at some point in our lives, she delivers them so on point and so beautifully that it's impossible not to be affected in some way, I cried so many times through this one. Nick really captured my heart, dealing with not only his own grief, but also having to consider the feelings of his son and Kerry's family as he continued with his life after her death, I just wanted to wrap him in a great big hug and take all the pain away from him. I'm a huge fan of Amanda Prowse and she totally smashed this one, another bestseller I reckon which I highly recommend.
I never ever expected what happened right from the start by Chapter 4 it really was ‘Where, where is this going’, it was absorbing right from start and very emotional at times. I really struggled to put it down to do required jobs and turn the light out at night.
A very different book by Amanda – also I usually struggle when each chapter flits back to the past and then to the now, but I didn’t at all with this – it was great learning about the lads journeys through childhood and grown up and the way they handled things, so the back and forth made a lot of sense – the main characters being Luke, and his two mates Eric and Alex.
At 98% I was in floods of tears – so, so emotional and beautiful – I am not saying anymore but do, do read it and if you haven’t read any other of Amanda’s books I fully recommend you do.
This book is about the trauma that a young husband has to go through after losing his wife. The struggle he has to bring up his son. Some wonderful humour in the memories of his childhood and the ‘half bike’. As for Eric - well everyone needs an Eric in their lives. Loved it!
Nicks journey following the loss of Kerry and helping Ollie was touching.
Best of all, as in all of Amanda's books it is realistic and written in a down to earth way. Can't wait for the next book.
Maybe should have been set in the 1980s as the present and had flashbacks from there? Aside from that. I enjoyed this non-challenging gentle read.
Sadly Kerry is diagnosed with cancer and dies at the time when Olly is taking his ‘A’ Levels.
The story is about how Nick and Olly cope and of course there are comments from Kerry’s family when Nick does something they do not approve of.
Nick remembers events that happened when he was a child and how his best friend Eric did not experience a home life like his. However Nick comes across as a very generous friend.
Having ready many books by Amanda Prowse, I can really recommend this book.
Yet again I have not been disappointed. Amanda Prowse is such a talented writer, being able to keep creating such high quality, absorbing and wonderfully human stories which really touch your emotions.
I loved this book, the reader is drawn straight into this family’s life and you ride the rollercoaster of their emotions along with them while they learn to deal with grief and find their way into a new kind of future.
I highly recommend this book and rated it a strong 5⭐️.
Amanda always writes about situations and characters you can relate to.
I loved the friendship between Nick, Eric and Alex. I laughed and cried.
Another winner from the talented Amanda.
Eagerly awaiting the next one.