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How do you forgive the family that lied to you and love the mom you never had?
Victoria has led a very love filled relaxed life in Epsom, Surrey brought up by her grandparents after being told her mother, Sarah and father, Marcus are dead. Prim, Victoria's grandmother, will never speak of Marcus, blaming him for causing her daughter's death by introducing her to drugs. When Victoria comes home one day and discovers Prim has passed away her world turns on its head and she is left alone, the closest she has to family now is her best friend Daksha, who rallies round as best she can, always with the offer of a cup of tea not far away. On the day of Prim's funeral a woman turns up, claiming to be the mother that she thought was dead. Victoria cannot understand why Prim, the one woman she thought she could trust, would lie to her, but to ever be happy again she needs to find out why. Can she ever trust anyone again?
This story is split between Epsom, Surrey and beautiful Oslo, Norway which Amanda frequently speaks about so lovingly. It's a tale of addiction, love, loss and trust. We all believe we can trust those that we love implicitly, when that trust is broken what do we have left?
Amanda Prowse is one of my go to authors when I need a change of genre from the thrillers and crime that I'm used to, I know without even reading the blurb that I'm going to love the book because, as I've said before, Amanda 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, and once again, I cried so many times through this one.
What a fabulous book. The author invokes such passion into her writing you can almost believe you are with every character on every page. The book is, to me, a brilliant coming of age book where we see a young girl having her whole life turned upside down when her grandmother dies. Not only has she got to cope with the grief, she has to unravel the spiders web of lies that she has been told for her entire life. To go into more detail would give too much away and this is a journey that is at times funny but heartbreaking but keeps you turning the page. Definitely one to recommend. #TheDaySheCameBack #NetGalley
Having avidly sought out and read all of Amanda Prowse's books, this one moved me and had the greatest impact of all of them. For a start, I don't think any book has ever made me cry so much... but also think, and laugh, and feel. It's beautifully written and so real and immediate. Can't recommend it enough; I think I'll feel its effects for a very long time.
Another amazing story by the fantastic Amanda Prowse, this story she has brought into the readers life to share this young girl called Victoria, who it seems was named by her elderly grandma Prim, when she took over her charge just after she was born to her drug infested mother who only wanted to end her life on earth to be near her drug addict boyfriend Marcus… who had already passed, tho Prim pleaded with her daughter Sarah, asking her to stop and think of her baby and let her be born and not end her life as well as her own, which after many letters she saw some sense at least, and gave birth to a little girl, wishing to call her a strong name of Victory… Prim, persuaded Sarah to let her look after the child from then on….this isn’t as easy as Prim let on, and lots of cajoling was taking place in Prims mind, and a way of getting her hands on the child and bringing her up in her way without the respect of it’s real mother Sarah…But Sarah met a young man called Jens from Oslo in London Town and they coupled up and later they went back to Jens Home town in Oslo and over the eighteen years that Prim took care of Victoria, time was in the essence, and changing things around somewhat. With Prim passing whilst Victoria was out shopping with her friend Daksha.. life became unreal as she was about to unearth a whole load of game changing lies….this now is for the reader to tune into and enjoy finding out about the life of Victoria and Sarah..It is a superb story of which you will enjoy as I did ….
A truly captivating beautiful story of loss in a few different ways. Victoria has been brought up by her wonderful grandparents after her parents die young and when her world collapses, she discovers the truth and begins to face a new reality where nothing she has been told was true. I cried and laughed reading this and would put it as one of my favourite reads this year.
I couldn't put this book down - well I say that but I had tears streaming down my face and had to leave reading the Epilogue for a while. What an amazing and compelling story this was. It was touching, thought provoking and heartwarming. At first I thought poor Victoria, then poor Sarah and poor Primrose - what a decision to have to make for everyone involved. I do love reading Amanda Prowse books. They always give food for thought.
Another triumph by the wonderfully talented Amanda Prowse, I have devoured and loved all Amanda’s books but I really loved this one as it had a Mother/daughter theme. As with all Amanda’s books within a chapter or two I was invested in the characters, I laughed in places (Gerald & the gun!) I cried in quite a few places especially on Victoria’s 19th birthday reunion with Sarah. I love the relationship between Victoria & Daks and even though I have just finished reading the last words this book will stay with me for a lot longer. I would give it 10 stars if I could! Thank you Amanda for another fabulous read 🥰
The Day She Came Back is a compelling story of three generations of women—Prim, Sarah and Victoria—woven into a tale of secrets uncovered, loss, grief and forgiveness. Victoria has been brought up by her beautiful, glamorous grandmother, Prim. Her parents had been drug addicts and died when she was a baby and her grandfather passed away several years ago. Prim’s daughter Sarah, Victoria’s mother, had been her only child. Now it was just Victoria and Prim living in Rosebank, a large house on the outskirts of Epsom in Surrey. She has no other relatives and hadn’t been a popular girl at school, but she has a lovely best friend in Daksha.
Now eighteen, Victoria and Daks were making plans to travel for twelve months or until the money ran out but their plans are curtailed when Prim passes away suddenly. Victoria is devastated by her loss and Daks and her family are there to help as much as they can. Victoria has another huge shock when an unknown woman attends Prim’s funeral and claims to be the mother Victoria believes had died all those years ago. Victoria is utterly bewildered…and angry. How could Prim have lied for so long? And why had her mother never been in touch?
'‘I’m not sure I do have a desire for it to be true!’ She shook her head defiantly, if not convincingly. ‘I think I hope it’s not true, but then if there’s the smallest chance I could get to meet my mum…’ She held her head in her hands briefly. ‘I would hate to see me get hurt too, but what if the hurt comes because I find out that Prim has been lying to me my whole life? What then?’ The thought was enough to make her tears bloom.'
Amanda Prowse is an author who can give voice to her characters’ intense and raw emotions and draw the reader into those feelings. Victoria’s confusion, pain and anger, and the resulting uncharacteristic and irresponsible behaviour, is understandable even as it does more harm than good.
The Day She Came Back is peopled with well defined characters, I particularly liked Daks and Gerald, who prove to be true friends and ones to treasure. Victoria’s process of grieving and coming to terms with events while missing Prim and coping with the seesawing emotions and feelings of betrayal and rejection towards both Prim and Sarah are very realistic and handled with understanding. A very moving, and ultimately satisfying, story.