[Review] The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowes

The Art of Hiding Book Cover The Art of Hiding
Amanda Prowes
Lake Union Publishing
July 18th 2017
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What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, 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.

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I really enjoy Amanda Prowse’s writing and loved The Idea of You, so I couldn’t wait to read this one. I actually read it last year and read it for a second time with Audible Narration. I really enjoyed it the second time around. Nina is living a good life, she as a fabulous home, her boys attend the prestigious Kings Norton School and life is great. Until that fateful day she is watching her son play rugby and she get a call that her husband was in an accident. Safe to say Nina’s world comes tumbling down in the worst possible way, her husband dies and she loses EVERYTHING. She lost her home, her money and the boys schooling, you see it all comes to light that her life was far from perfect behind the scenes – her husband was responsible for the finances, and racked up debt to the tune of around £8million! How could she not have know the situation? I have heard about people having one deal with the money and the other the house, but in Nina’s case it was more living beyond his means for her husband – his business was going bust and he took out mortgage to the hilt in order to try keep it aloft.

Evicted from their home with the clothes on their back and a few meagre possessions since everything else was taken by bailiffs to cover the cost of the debt Nina and her son’s head back to her roots and live near her sister Tiggy. She managed to move into her aunts old flat that has just become vacant – a relief for her to have a roof over her head, but not so much for the boys who were used to luxury and space.

This was a trying tale of a riches to rags story with the underlying sense of control from her husband that only came to light after the many interaction with her sister Tiggy. Nina is forced to penny pinch for the first time in her life since leaving “poverty” at the age of 18 when she met her husband. It really put into perspective for her, how we flower budget for the home was now the same price as her rent on the poky wee flat she had to live in.

~I really enjoyed this book from Prowse, I was invested in Nina and watched as she lost everything and build herself back up again.

 

 

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. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is and will always be writing. You can find her online at www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove.

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