2017 · Book review

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse #Review @MrsAmandaProwse

The Art of HidingNina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. 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’s life of luxury quickly disappears 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.
Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this tale of one woman’s loss and love.

Published by Lake Union Publishing August 22nd 2017 and available to purchase now.

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My thoughts

Nina McCarrick has an enviable lifestyle, a beautiful home, 2 boys who go to an exclusive school, a doting husband and life seems pretty perfect. But Nina has never really fitted into the exclusive school community, preferring to keep herself to herself and taking pride in making her house a home for her family.

When Nina’s husband Finn, is killed in a car crash, Nina’s world comes tumbling down and she has to do everything in her power to make sure the boys are ok. What then follows is a story of heartache, perseverance and the road to discovery.

This is the second book I have read by Prowse and what really draws me to these books are the characters, they are so realistic and each situation is believable. Nina has been molly coddled by Finn her entire marriage, he wouldn’t let her work and she wanted for nothing so when Finn die’s it’s a real struggle for her to find a job. Her two boys have only ever known the life they’ve had to leave behind and Nina’s guilt at the situation they are in is heart-breaking.

From page one The Art of Hiding draws you in, I felt like I was on a journey with Nina,  walking alongside her. I loved the blossoming relationship she had with her sister Tiggy. Very different characters but that sister bond pulls them together and Tiggy, was a wonderful character too. Nina’s boys Connor and Declan were portrayed perfectly too, all they’ve ever known was a perfect life so the struggles they go through were very realistic.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Hiding, it’s heart-breaking at times and I really felt a lump in my throat reading some of the scenes but its a story of a families self discovery, the resilience that they find when things are really tough and  the bond between mother and sons and two sisters. I definitely highly recommend The Art of Hiding.

My thanks go to the publishers and Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

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