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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Review - The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

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Review by Suze
Freya loves her two teenage daughters with all her heart. Charlotte and Lexi are her world. Freya thinks she has it all, two beautiful girls, a husband she's close to and a flexible work schedule. Their life is comfortable and that makes Freya proud. This changes when Freya receives a disturbing phone call. It's the beginning of a discovery that will change her family forever.
The Food Of Love is an impressive emotional story about food, family and unconditional love. Freya is a mother who thinks she's doing all the right things. She's in control and that's exactly the way she likes it. When being confronted with a different reality she doesn't know what to do. She wants to be the perfect mother who does everything for her girls and she doesn't want to upset them in any way. Her husband Lockie is less soft with them, but he's also a concerned and loving father. Lexi is a sweet girl. She's a wonderful girl and it broke my heart to read about her weight issues. Charlotte is a typical older sister, she can tease, but she's also fiercely loyal and protective. Freya's family used to be quite normal before Lexi's problems began. They have their flaws and I loved how Amanda Prowse writes about the good as well as the bad things that are happening in life.
Lexi is ill and she needs help. It was terrible to read about her problems. It's hard to have such a difficult relationship with food and weight. Amanda Prowse wrote about that in a sympathetic way. She shows her readers how awful it is to see someone you love wither away. There are nerves, tears and sleepless nights, but there's also an abundance of love, which is something I loved about this book. By appreciating small things the family keeps fighting. While Lexi is going through something incredibly tough her parents and sister are trying to be there for her. At the same time they're being torn apart by grief. I think Amanda Prowse described that process in a beautiful way.
The Food Of Love is a typical Amanda Prowse book. She writes thought-provoking stories that are always filled with empathy. Her main characters make mistakes and they are multidimensional, just like real people. I love how Amanda Prowse always has a surprising worldview. She writes from the point of view of someone who needs to have a voice, who could use some extra understanding. She chooses sensitive topics that will make her readers feel many different things. I love her books and The Food Of Love is another great story by a very talented author.  
The Food of love is the perfect book for readers who like a good emotional story with a lot of different layers.
About Amanda Prowse
Having always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books, six years ago Amanda quit her job as a management consultant and began writing full time.

Her first book, 'Poppy Day' was a contemporary novel that followed an army wife whose incredible love for her husband gave her the courage to set out to rescue him after he was taken hostage in Afghanistan. Originally self-published in October 2011, 'Poppy Day' quickly became a bestseller and since then Amanda has had had a series of international chart topping titles.

Her second novel 'What Have I Done?', an eBook sensation was voted a 'Best Book of 2013' by Amazon Kindle UK when women worldwide identified with the theme of domestic abuse in middle class households. As a result of her success, Amanda joined the team of the ITV This Morning show as their resident author and is now a regular panelist on the popular Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’. Amanda has also appeared on BBC TV, Sky News and a large number of TV shows across the globe.

Other accolades for Amanda Prowse include the heartbreaking ‘A Mother’s Story’ winning the Sainsbury’s eBook of the year award, while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title for 2016. As a result of these novels, Amanda was crowned ‘The Queen of Drama’ by The Daily Mail newspaper.

Amanda's most recent book ‘My Husband’s Wife’ spent over a month at No1 in the summer of 2016 and her new, even more powerful collection of books beginning with ‘The Food of Love’ will be launched later in the year across the world.

All of Amanda's books share one common theme - the main characters are ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations where their strength, resourcefulness and determination is tested to their very limits.

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...

Follow Amanda on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse or become friends on Facebook at Amanda Prowse Author Facebook. For more information on Amanda's books see
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  1. I liked the review. Sounds like a great read.

  2. Sounds heartwarming and thought-provoking!


  3. So many great reviews for this book are popping up. And I was told before I should try some of Amanda Prowse's work, because apparently I would like it. I plan to soon!

  4. I like emotional stories. The fact that it involves family, even better.

  5. A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything. Love it!

  6. Great review. This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. I love reading about families.

  7. As someone who has battled eating disorders for decades, I still find it hard to understand the overwhelming power of love.

  8. I love this type of book.I look forward to reading it :)

  9. Sounds like a beautiful book to me. Your review makes me want to read it.

  10. I just read another book about a girl with weight issues, these stories are definitely inspiring. Great review!

  11. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the review!!!

  12. I saw this cover in your sidebar and wondered what it was about. Thanks for the heads up.

  13. It sounds like a very relatable story.