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Another Love: The Number 1 Bestselling author of My Husband's Wife (No Greater Courage) Kindle Edition
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I was more than excited when this book landed on my doorstep. I’m a big fan of Amanda’s writing, it’s very emotional and touching and she has done it again with this book.
Another Love follows Romilly and her family. Romilly is married to David, I think they make a great couple, I loved reading about how everything started between them. Romilly and David have a daughter, her name is Celeste. Celeste is a great girl and she always got to share her thoughts as well. Romilly is happy and has everything she needs.
But then everything changes… She starts drinking, a lot… It gets worse and worse and her family is worried. David is there for her, but at one point it’s too much for him as well. And what about Celeste?! Such a difficult situation. We got to read this story from two sides: Romilly herself and also Celeste. This made the story even more moving and emotional.
Celeste goes through so much in this book, unbelievable to see your own mother to go through all this. I was happy she had her Dad and then also something like a second mum.
Amanda touches a very sensitive topic with alcohol addiction, she does in in a very touching and emphatic way. While reading about Romilly and what she does and thinks, you really get deep inside the whole situation.
Amanda really has an amazing way with words! Her writing is incredible and she manages to write about difficult topics and make a unique and special story out of them. Her characters are lined out perfectly and you feel really close to them. This book is honest, deep, strong and so much more. Have some tissues ready, because your feelings will be on an emotional roller-coaster ride! A BRILLIANT BOOK!!!
Focusing on the world of Romilly, her husband David and daughter Celeste I immediately loved this family. Amanda has created a family we all know, they are in love, they work hard in their professional careers to provide a beautiful home and a stable life to their much loved child, daughter Celeste. But, as with most relationships, you never know what really goes on behind closed doors.
Romilly has an addiction, one that waggles itself underneath the noses of so many on a daily basis but that they control. But for Romilly that addiction slowly turns itself into an illness, it snakes inside of her and takes hold so tightly she gives herself up to it - Romilly is an alcoholic.
This novel takes us through the torrent of emotions of being an alcoholic, via Romilly's narration and also on the flip side through what it is like for those who find themselves living in a home with someone who has an addiction - in this case via daughter Celeste. I loved the chapters being written from the two viewpoints, even though sometimes it did leave me quite emotionally drained.
It was quite alarming, how Romilly's addiction grew from simple and to be honest quite, run of the mill, random binge drink sessions in University (I think the majority of drinkers have all done that in the past), to the glass of wine looked forward to at the end of the work day with dinner. How quickly the glass turned to half a bottle and then a bottle. How the drink with dinner turned into a little afternoon tipple. I felt sad at those people in Romilly's life who thought it was all fun and games to encourage her to drink, really for their own amusement - whether they realised or not they were pushing her further into alcoholism I am not sure.
I didn't know how far into this illness Romilly would find herself, but Amanda has not held back and we are taken as far as we can go, I am sure all screaming for her to stop in our head, but knowing and understanding that she will not. I like that Amanda did not do it by halves, it made it feel all the more real, which is one of this authors real talents as a writer, she is not afraid, she does not hold back. The characters are flawed and those flaws are the basis for her brilliant novels.
I liked that the alcoholic in this novel was Romilly and not David. It would have been easy to have made the female the one left picking up the pieces, fighting to keep the family together, to keep her daughter shielded. It was - I think - a fresh take, a more unique story this way. Another Love is a perfect title for this novel.
As a big fan of Amanda Prowse and her work I am always a little tentative when starting a new novel, hoping it will be as good as previous. There was no disappointment with this book.
(NB : This review was first published on my blog The Very Pink Notebook)
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