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Contemporary Fiction | The Light in the Hallway | Amanda Prowse

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How do you start again when you lose the only love you’ve ever known?

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

And in the aftermath of tragedy, can Nick and his son find themselves again?

Book cover for The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse

The Light in the Hallway is published by Lake Union (11th November 2019) and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook.

Review

This is the second Amanda Prowse novel that I have read and I will be looking to read more. The Light in the Hallway is another impressive novel which manages to portray all characters in a realistic and moving way.

 At the beginning Nick is comforting his young, dying wife. This book follows Nick and how he copes with his wife’s death. Soon after her funeral, his son, Ollie leaves for university which is another change for Nick to deal with. As time passes Nick discovers he has feelings for another women, as at only 35 he is far from being a grieving widow for life. However his son and wife’s family have their own view on the situation.

 At the end of each chapter we get a glimpse of Nick’s summer in 1992 as he and two friends bond over building a bike to share. I enjoyed these chapters as it provided a lovely insight into Nick’s character. These are wonderful chapters in the book and I enjoyed his relationship with his friend Eric.

 An emotional family drama with themes of loss, grief and acceptance.

 This is a compelling read and highly recommended.

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Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published eighteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ 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 and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.

Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.