THE IDEA OF YOU (Lake Union Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing) is a well-written novel that touches a delicate subject: the incapacity to carry a pregnancy to full term. Fortysomething Lucy yearns to have a child with her hubby but after several failed attempts—plus the sudden arrival of her husband’s troubled teen daughter from another marriage—the very thought of giving life starts to put a strain on her relationships. When past secrets resurface and threaten to destroy everything she had worked for it’s up to Lucy to decide what’s really important: a bundle of joy or happiness without?
This is a surprisingly good find. Had I not received it as a complementary gift from the publisher I would have never known it existed. Just go to show you that sometimes life has a way of throwing some curveballs that in the end are exactly what you need. Sort of like the goings on of this heroine, come to think of it.
I’ll admit, the subject matter is far from being my cup of tea. Perhaps it’s due to the simple fact that being childless I never felt the need to procreate, of better yet, adopt. Though I must say that it did come to mind recently while reading this book (in exchange from an honest review for NetGalley); so much so that I’m beginning to wonder if I am not missing something. But moving on. One thing is certain, however, this is not the last time I’m going to pick up an Amanda Prowse novel. Her talent for plunging the readers right into the nitty gritty of her narratively affairs makes for a sophisticated novel worthy of any heart-wrenching offering. I wouldn’t be surprised if the story has already been optioned for the Lifetime channel or something like it. Yes, THE IDEA OF YOU is a must-read, whether you connect with the topic or not. It will leave you yearn for more, which is just perfect if based on the author’s impressive backlist.
THE IDEA OF YOU is available wherever digital or conventional books are sold.
Until next post—Martin