Amanda Prowse sure is a gifted writer, ‘Anna’ is the first of two books making up a complete love story, ‘Theo’ being the second. Having read both months apart, ‘Anna’ is easily a stand-alone story in itself, there is no 'cliffhanger' however reading ‘Theo’ might make you change your mind about the balance of their relationship.
Amanda Prowse is the queen of crafting relationships and interactions within family life, and I therefore found ‘Anna’ a delight to devour. Anna's story is set over three decades so we get snippets of Anna as a child with her mother, during and after tragic circumstances leaving her in a children's care home, her working life and her time with Theo.
Anna is lovely & well balanced despite the sad circumstances surrounding her upbringing. She is a character you can like and warm to, she feels like your friend. She has a great little coping mechanism for when feelings of anxiety are becoming overwhelming, The Alphabet Game, in which she gives herself thinking and breathing time while going through the alphabet. There are some interesting characters to meet along the way.
I have read and enjoyed many of Amanda Prowse's books in the past. She has a talent for bringing her characters to life and she wreaks havoc with the reader's emotions. Once again I was laughing, crying, and everything in between .while reading this amazingly heartfelt story. ‘Anna’ is a triumph.