Where do I begin to review this beautiful book!
Early one morning aboard their yacht moored off Bermuda, their island home, the couple who have everything, Rachel and James Croft get up to begin the day. While their little boy Oscar was still sleeping the couple had stolen some time to themselves to make love. While James goes to make coffee Rachel realises that Oscar, although his bed is still warm, is nowhere to be found on board the boat. And so the nightmare begins.
Their grief is catastrophic and all consuming. It tears them apart and all Rachel can do is sit on the balcony all day scanning the ocean for her lost little boy. Sharing their grief is the wonderful CeeCee, their housekeeper who was no stranger to grief herself and loved Oscar like her own child and also loved and cared for his parents. They were her family and she cared for them and consoled them both during their darkest days of every parents worst nightmare.
Fast forward a few months to Rachel on an extended stay with her parents in Bristol. CeeCee writes wonderful letters to Rachel and in them reveals details of her own life and loss. The letters are inspiring and healing to Rachel who begins to function again as a human being, albeit a broken and damaged one.
Do Rachel and James ever come together again as a couple? Or do they carry on estranged and unable to face each other or ever live together again?
I’m a fan of Amanda Prowse, although I haven’t yet read all of her books but this is the best one I’ve read so far and it will stay with me for a long time. The characters are beautifully written and the events so heartbreakingly described that I wondered what on Earth the writer has been through in her life to describe the awful raw grief so well. It’s a real gift to be able to write this way and get right inside the heads of the characters.
A heartbreaking read but there’s nothing mawkish about it. It’s a novel about love, loss, grief, betrayal and friendship.
Ten boxes of tissues needed for this one but you’ll be very glad to have read it at the end. Just wonderful!
Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author nineteen novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio, but her first love is, and will always be, writing.