Aug 07 2017
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Review for The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

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Review for The Art of Hiding by Amanda ProwseThe Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
Published by Lake Union Publishing on July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 290
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four-stars

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 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.

The Art of Hiding is my first from Prowse and it did not disappoint at all. It is full of emotions and brings a lot of questions to the surface that certainly make you think.

Nina has suffered a devastating loss, her husband dying. It was sudden and completely unexpected in Nina’s perfect world. With the loss comes more hard times than she thought. Her way of life and the husband she though she knew were all torn apart. There is no time for to worry about all the material things that she has now lost, her boys need her more than ever. Being penniless, homeless and questioning everything you thought you knew about the man you love isn’t the way to be able to help either. Nina has to figure out to pick up the pieces of the fractured life she now has and put it back together.

My heart went to out to Nina. Losing a spouse is a terrible loss, but lose them so unexpectedly I think would be even worse. But, when Nina finds out all the things that Finn kept from her before he died, it was more a mixture of grief and anger. Her sister Tiggy, was fantastic. I adored her so much. She was a “tell it like it is” kinda girl. And she never once wavered on helping Nina and he boys. I feel that Prowse did such a wonderful job writing both of these characters so well developed and making them feel so real, it was easy to feel so connected to them.

There are so many emotions that I felt while reading, I cried with Nina and felt her hurt and sorrow. during the hard times, I could feel her despair. Other times, I laughed with her and as she grew and learned to be the strong independent woman I knew she could be, I felt it right along with her. Even at the end I wasn’t ready for it to. This was such a wonderful and inspirational read. Fans of contemporary fiction will devour this. Just have some tissues.

Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

16 Responses to “Review for The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse”

  1. Lauren

    This is the first time I’m hearing of this but it sounds like just the kind of read I’d really like – contemporary is my favorite genre! Ooh, and a tell it like it is character? I love those! Great review! 🙂

  2. Silvia

    First time I hear about this book as well, but the fact you say it’s inspirational and that we need tissues, it really makes me want to give it a go. Reads that make you feel like this one are actually the best, aren’t they? 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts, will definitely add it to my list!

    P.S. I thought I was already following you on Bloglovin’, but nope . . . Aaaand problem solved! 😉

  3. Karen Blue

    I have been seeing this book everywhere lately, this is the first review I have read of it though. It sounds like a great read. I love when a book can make me feel.
    Thanks for reviewing this!

  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’m not familiar with Prowse but this sounds like a really good women’s fiction novel.What a horrible position Nina finds herself in. This definitely sounds like an emotional read. Wonderful review, Jenea!

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