Bessie is really questioning her life. She feels she is in a rut, and living this same cycle everyday. The kids are grown, her husband goes to work, she goes to work and nothing seems to change, and yet everyone around her seems to change. This novel is a dual storyline, Bessie in high school on her sixteenth birthday, and Bessie now on her birthday turning fifty-three. How life has changed, and yet that birthday is what may have altered a lot of decisions she made throughout life.
This novel brings about the nostalgia of high school all over again, but also reminds you how mean kids could also be. How carefree you could be, as you had no responsibilities but yet the world seemed to be ending with every event that happened and realizing that there are consequences that happen with each decision that is made, being on the brink of adulthood.
It also makes you take a step back and evaluate your life so far. It is interesting that one day you do wake up, look in the mirror and feel like you grew wrinkles and grey hair overnight. You realize you look more and more like your mother and wonder where the time went. How could life fly by so quickly but also seem to not be moving at all. This is what Bessie is coming to realize and many things from her past have factored into decisions she has made as an adult, and maybe it’s time to finally come to terms with everything and finally let the truth out.
Thank you to the author for the free book, and Suzy Approved Books Tours for the invite. I enjoyed this light hearted read. It was a great book that makes you take a look at things for a minute, and is also a good novel to pick up in between reads or if you’re not sure what to read next. I will for sure seek out more novels by this author.
Release Date: June 8, 2021
About The Book:
From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?
1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame―and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.
2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss―the hope, the trust, the joy―Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.
Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?
About The Author:
Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-seven novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world.
Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’.
Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Praise for Amanda Prowse:
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine
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