Friday 20 March 2015

Book Review: A Mother's Story by Amanda Prowse

Title: A Mother's Story
Author: Amanda Prowse
Published: 27th February 2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus


Out of all the Amanda Prowse stories I have read, I personally think A Mother's Story is her best.
I don't even know where to begin in writing this review. I have never read a book that has completely and utterly moved me so much before.

Jessica is one of the happiest people around, she is vibrant and so chatty. She is about to marry her best friend Matthew. She really couldn't be happier and then she gets pregnant, her life really does feel like a fairytale. But when her baby girl is born, Jessica is only gripped with panic and fear, she just can't seem to bond with her daughter. She can't tell anyone this though otherwise they will think she is a terrible Mother, but as Jessica tries to hide what's really going on, things start to spiral out of control.

A Mother's Story gets off to such a gripping start, and will have you desperate to read on. This is such a powerful, emotional story. Amanda has dealt with and portrayed the trauma and sadness that women suffering from Post Natal Depression go through. I felt so desperate for Jessica. No one truly understood what she was going through and when her husband Matthew was starting to lose patience with her, I could feel her pain and sorrow like it was my own. Her friends and family thought it was something that would just pass eventually and just kept wanting her to pull herself together, but she was suffering from an illness that she could not just get through.

This was really hard to read at times as it was just so sad. It takes a lot to make me cry, but this actually made me cry big, fat, gasping tears. I was really affected by this story and I think a part of that reason was because I kept imagining that Jessica's little girl was my niece and it just really seemed to hit home.

I really don't want to say anything more as this is a story that you just have to read!
A Mother's Story is an incredible, powerful and emotional story that will have you gripped from the very first page.


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