The Idea of YouThe Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 stars and 2 Hankies

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

My review: The Idea Of You is an emotional story of what it truly means to be a mother and the different ways we show our children love. The scenes between Lucy and her mother are heartbreaking where the scene between Lucy and her step-daughter, Camille, warmed my heart. The last third of this book will definitely make you cry, so have a box of tissues ready.

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