I don’t think it will come as a surprise to the people who know me, when I say that I totally adore Amanda Prowse and her books. Amanda herself is such an inspiration to many in the writing world and I was lucky enough to recently have her as a guest on my Book Chat with Kim chat on a Facebook live. If you’d like to catch up on it, you can watch that interview here: https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/videos/610970249844640/
About the book
From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: how do you forgive the family that lied to you, and love the mum you never had?
When her loving, free-spirited grandmother Primrose passes away, Victoria is bereft, yet resilient—she has survived tragedy before. But even her strength is tested when a mysterious woman attends Prim’s funeral and claims to be the mother Victoria thought was dead.
As the two women get to know each other and Victoria begins to learn more about her past, it becomes clear that her beloved grandmother had been keeping life-changing secrets from her. Desperate for answers, she still struggles to trust anyone to tell her the truth.
To live a full and happy life, Victoria knows she must not only uncover the truth, but find a way to forgive her family. But after so many years, is trusting them even possible?
What did I think?
The Day She Came Back is an absolutely brilliant novel about Victoria, a wonderful young lady who lived a lovely life with her maternal grandmother Primrose after her mother passed away when Victoria was a baby. She has always missed and wondered about her own mother and she has never been far from her thoughts. When Primrose dies, a mysterious woman turns up at her funeral and claims to be that very mother.
Victoria, who is understandably devastated, and astounded, starts to unravel the enormous secrets that her family had been keeping from her and as she tries to make sense of them, and questions everything about her life, with her best friend Daksha, she wonders whether she’ll ever be able to forgive Primrose and think of her fondly again. And will she ever believe that Sarah is really her mother? Can she ever have any type of relationship with her, when her whole life has been built on lies.
This is for me an exceptionally written, character-driven novel, where you totally fall in love with both Victoria and Primrose from the very first page. The relationship they had, was an incredibly special one where their love for each other shone through, and the beautiful described house that they lived in was almost another character where you totally felt like you were walking through it, from room to room.
The friendship between Daksha and Victoria was absolutely glorious. The quips, the spats, the love between them was just so perfectly written, that you wanted to be part of their friendship. Gerald was also completely adorable. I wanted him in my life to look after me.
At one point, I did start to worry A LOT about Victoria and whether she was going to go down a route which I really didn’t want her to, but that was because she felt so real to me and I was seriously concerned about some of the decisions that she was making.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but what I will say is that the plot is quite a simple one but a brilliantly executed one.
This is a stunning read, so compelling that I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough and I read it in one sitting, desperate to know how it would turn out. I will just say that I was not disappointed. The ending was perfect.
Another absolute belter of a book by an incredibly talented and gifted author, who just keeps on generating amazing books after amazing books. Keep them coming please Amanda!
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About the author
Amanda Prowse is one of the UK’s most prolific and loved storytellers with global sales of 8 million copies and legions of loyal readers. Based in the West Country, Amanda is the author of 25 novels and 7 novellas with books sold in 22 countries and translated into 12 languages– no mean feat when you consider her first novel was only published in 2012!
A passionate reader since her first visit to the local library aged 6, Amanda would read everything and anything and – armed with her precious library ticket – would spend hours reading loved Enid Blyton, Anna Sewell, Judi Blume, Nina Bawden while scribbling short stories of her own. As time passed, she moved onto the more risqué delights of Lace, The Thorn Birds and A Woman of Substance; gritty, emotional stories that would inform her writing.
A powerful storyteller and a master of the addictive plot, Amanda’s rich imagination and prolific writing talent has seen her write over 20 bestsellers with millions of copies sold across the world. She often writes for 15 hours a day and sees her plots like movies in her mind that she’s compelled to get down on paper. These heartfelt human stories have made her one of the most successful female writers of contemporary fiction today and she has become a regular interviewee on TV and radio as well as a successful journalistic writer.
Amanda’s ambition has always been to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night; great characters that stay with you and stories that inhabit your mind so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades. She is also a passionate supporter of military charities and those that support women’s causes and holds regular ‘Evenings with Amanda’ events as fundraisers for her chosen charities.
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