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Review by Suze
Lucy and Jonah are happy together. Lucy has finally found her true love, they have enough money because they both have successful careers and they live in a nice house. There's one wish they want to see fulfilled and that is having a baby together. Lucy is thirty-nine years old, so there's still time. However, becoming parents isn't as easy as they thought it would be and that is when their problems start.
Jonah has a teenage daughter, Camille. She lives with her mother in France, but is staying with her father for the summer. Lucy has never met the girl and doesn't know how to treat her, should she act like a friend or a parent? Jonah is thrilled with his daughter's stay, but doesn't see how much it's troubling his wife to spend time with his daughter while she's devastated she might not have a baby of her own. Things are spiraling out of control Lucy and Jonah have to learn how to talk to each other and they have some important decisions to make. Will they be able to reach out to one another and will their marriage be strong enough to survive?
The Idea of You is a beautiful story. I love how Amanda Prowse writes as an observer without any judgment. Her writing flows easily and naturally. I love her honesty and bravery to tackle any subject. She isn't afraid to dig deep and to make her stories raw and filled with emotions. It's what I love most about her books, they are always impressive and they have quite an impact on me, whatever she writes about.
Lucy's miscarriages are difficult to witness and they are a heavy subject for a story. There are many women who are struggling or have struggled with this problem and Amanda Prowse perfectly describes the devastating process of losing a baby you desperately want to have. While for some starting a family is a given, for others it's the most difficult thing there is. Lucy is dying inside, while on the outside she has to keep up appearances. It broke my heart to read about her problems and I shed quite a few tears while reading her story. It's moving and sad, but there's also always that little ray of hope that one day a completed pregnancy will happen. Amanda Prowse writes about real life and not knowing if Lucy's biggest wish would be fulfilled or not kept me on the edge of my seat.
The Idea of You wasn't an easy read for me. Amanda Prowse's skill to dig deep into her subjects always makes me go through an emotional rollercoaster. Her stories are multilayered and every feeling has been thoroughly explored. Lucy is a lovely woman and Jonah is a kind man, which made me wish even more that they'd see their heart's desire fulfilled. Amanda Prowse makes sure every detail is exactly right and Lucy's emotional letters to her baby are making it possible to see straight into her soul. Combined with plenty of original twists and turns the story is admirably complete. I highly recommend The Idea of You, it's a terrific compelling story.
The subject of miscarrying isn't an easy one. I'd still recommend this book to anyone who loves emotional stories though as it's a beautiful well written story and if you're going through the same problems as Lucy you might find some support.
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