About the Book
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family. But will they be there for her?
Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.
Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?
When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.
What I thought
Admittedly I haven’t read all of Amanda Prowse’s books but I’ve read enough to say that she’s up there amongst my favourite authors. Which is why I broke off reading one book and pushed another down my to be read list in order to read this.
Disappointingly for me there just wasn’t enough substance to the story to keep me interested. It didn’t go anywhere. It was like treading water. What, eventually, will Rae Valentine do about her future after her husband’s betrayal after 25 years of happy marriage? is basically the story.
Occasionally it would pick up. An argument between Rae and her best friend Dolly. Dolly who is also Rae’s husband’s sister. Obviously there were split loyalties where Dolly was concerned. I can understand that, but the fall out didn’t last. So much more could have been done with that story line but it just seemed to fizzle out and we’re back to Rae’s ruminations about her life and what to do about her errant husband.
I suppose that was partly what the book was about, the fact that Rae Valentine constantly allows people to take advantage of her, to say nothing and just live to please others and keep the status quo within her marital family. That’s fine, but it doesn’t really make for interesting reading, when we have to listen to Rae all over again, trying to convince herself that she mustn’t accept things the way they are any longer.
About 75% of the way through the book things did start to pick up and it finally captured my interest. There were some very moving moments towards the end. At this point I really did wish that Rae could somehow tell her so-called life long friend Dolly where to go. Dolly was so wrapped up in herself that she seemed to find it impossible not to wade in with her size 10 boots and ride rough shod over her friends feelings. She was completely incapable of sensitivity.
I enjoyed the end of the book, I was quite taken aback by the revelations at the end, which maybe highlights my own naivety. I just wish I could have enjoyed the whole story but sadly with this book I didn’t.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
The Kindle version of this book was published today, with the paperback due out on 20 December this year. You can order it on Amazon here and also read other reviews, don’t just take my word on the book, other reviewers loved it and you might too.
Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for this ARC in return for an honest review