A great book by Amanda prowse, with her beautiful passionate words. This book tells the story of Nina, who finds out, that things were not as good as she had thought, when her husband dies and leaves her a mountain of debt. Nina has two kids to look after and with no job and no career, she begins her journey of self discovery, getting herself back to life. This story is all about hope, survival and finding the inner strength and confidence to deal with life and its setbacks. Nina does it with great dignity and honesty.
Nina has a sister, Tiggy, with whom she had disconnected during her married life. She reconnects with her in a most wonderful way. The love between sisters is so palpable, their childhood and their shared memories all come alive in Amanda’s prose. Money is needed in day to day life but does not guarantee happiness, so beautifully shown in this book.
The Art of Hiding is a story of living after a great tragedy and finding happiness and contentment in the Now, the present and everyday… This is the underlying main message of this book.
Ms Amanda Prowse, you have done it again and there are so many thought provoking lines in this book. I am quoting the most beautiful lines of them…
Nina’s mother placed a marble in her palm and says,
“This is the real world, Nina and if ever the real world feels too big or too scary, remember that it is nothing more than a little ball travelling through space, and it fits right into the palm of your hand and the more courage you have, the braver you are, when facing it, the easier it is to conquer. “
Thank you for giving me these words to remember whenever I am scared or life gets to be too much.
My rating : 5 stars
About the Author
Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author sixteen novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined.
Nina 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.
Publication date : 18th July 2017
Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A beautiful, thoughtful book