#Review Waiting To Begin by Amanda Prowse

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Waiting to Begin
by Amanda Prowse

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?

1984 – Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame—and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021.- The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss—the hope, the trust, the joy—Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

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I have always enjoyed Amanda’s books, but as the title suggests I was oftentimes left ‘waiting to begin’ right alongside Bessie- I felt the story was a little slow compared to her previous works, but I did find it a nice change of pace.  Whilst some might not like the slow pace I enjoyed it I felt like I was riding the story right beside Bessie – great title and great way to make the story fit it as well!

Set across two timelines and two birthdays – in 1984 we have Bess celebrating her sweet sixteenth, waiting on exam results and a best friend who she is keeping a secret from, and then her 53rd birthday in 2021 where he secrets from the past still haunt her to this very day and it is causing strain with her relationship with Mario her husband (in such a way that he doesn’t realise).

Bessie’s past secret was pretty easy to ascertain fairly early on, though once revealed, it was heart-breaking none the less – it was a secret that destroyed her brothers relationship with their parents and one that cost her, her friendship with her best friend Michelle.

What you get with ‘Waiting to Begin’ is a story that is real and relatable, and as with Amanda’s other works it is a story that you will struggle to not enjoy from the get go.

4 stars



Author Bio –

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty seven novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine

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I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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