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Title: The Art of Hiding
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publishing Date: 18 Jul 2017
Available in paperback and E-Book.
What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.
I have so much to say about this fabulous thought-provoking novel. I don’t quite know where to start.
The saying “money doesn’t make you happy” is most certainly true. You can have all the money and material things, you could ever wish for but if you don’t have family and love you don’t really have anything.
This makes me think of my own life. My family are far from rich nor the poorest either. And my mum always made sure., I had everything I NEEDED. But the only reason, I’m as strong as I am and can battle whatever the lovely universe could possibly throw at me is because I have an amazing mum. Having a mental illness plus other things is the worse thing, you can think of but I think watching the person you love struggle has to be worse. But my mum , my superhero did it and she still is. She has and is always there, whenever I need her. To listen to me rambling on and on, for a cuddle, listening to my anxiety, a hell of a lot of tough love, complete honesty even when I really don’t want to hear or listen then some more. I have never felt that I was missing out on anything, aslong as I have my mum I know everything will be fine.
And I have added bonus of my little monkey, my little brother. He is the happiest most clever and brave little brother, a sister could ever wish for. He was a premature baby and has had to face a lot in his short life. But he always faces things head on with his beautiful smile and affectionate laugh.
However, less about me and more about this book.
Nina and the boys had everything, the big house, the top school, all the money they could wish for. Untill that horrible day, their husband and daddy Finn, the CEO of McCarrick Construction Company was killed in a car accident. Although completely distraught, Nina thought she had a house and the money to carrying on sending her sons to school, etc untill she was hit with a massive side ways knock. Their accountant let out a bombshell.. that they was in serious trouble and hell of a lot of debt. Her husbands business went up in smokes, and they owned 8 million pounds in debt.
Pertinacia, fortitudo et fides –determination, courage and faith.
She tried to hold onto some normality for her boys untill she had a phone call from her eldest son, Conner. The ballifs were at there house taking as much as they could, to cover the debt. All there appliances,the cars and eventually the house.
An ordinary farewell on an ordinary day that was now being made so very extraordinary.
Nina’s sister whom, she hadn’t spoken to or seen in a couple of years turned up to offer a helping hand. Tiggy arranged for Nina and her boys to live in their Uncle fred’s two bedroom flat where Nina and Tiggy grew up in Portswood, Southampton. Where Nina ran from.
Bang! There it was again, that door slam in her mind. Her body shook.
Connor her eldest son was being a typical teenager “I hate everyone and everything” when they moved to Portswood. Her youngest, Declan although struggling is the most sweetest boy.
Nina was finding it super difficult to find a job as she had no previous work experience as when she married Finn, he insisted that he took care of everything finances etc she was just to look after the house, the boys and never had to worry about anything and she allowed him too.
She was running out of money when she had a phone call from an elderly care house offering her a job. From there , everything was looking up with a few new battles to face.
This story was empowering and emotional at every turn, it makes you really think about what’s most important in life. And that’s family, love and the right support.
Nina learns how to financially support her family and she is stronger than she thinks. And she doesn’t need a man to support her and her kids.
A truly breathtaking, thought provoking emotive story which I would truly recommend to everyone.
Meet the Author:
Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books, but it wasn’t until she was forty that she began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. This was followed by the number 1 bestseller What Have I Done? Amanda now has ten novels and four novellas published.
All of Amanda’s books in the No Greater Love series share common themes in that they are contemporary love stories, the main characters are women, just like you and I, who find themselves in extraordinary situations for love.
Her new series is the No Greater Courage series, tales of women facing the trials that life throws at them and having to dig deep to find the will and strength to succeed. This series includes the A Mother’s Story and Perfect Daughter, which continue to receive brilliant reader and press reviews.
Amanda’s ambition has always been to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Currently, Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their 18 & 19 year old boys Josh and Ben.
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