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This is the story of Romilly's decline into the world of alcohol and her total dependence on it to the detriment of her loving family. It is emotional and at times heartbreaking, but incredibly insightful. Amanda touches a very sensitive topic with alcohol addiction, she does it in a very touching and empathetic way. While reading about Romilly and what she does and thinks, you really get deep inside the situation.
Another love is an intense, emotional and sometimes disturbing novel shown from two different perspectives. It is cleverly written, sensitive and absorbing. A definite 5+ stars.
If you have had or known or been close to someone who tackled alcohol addiction you can either not read this book, bury your head in the sand, ignore it and it might go away [but it doesn't.....ever] or you can actually read this, yes its a novel, but its written in a way that everyone would understand the emotional side of why someone drinks. NO excuse whatsoever for someone doing this, but the first thing we need to do is to understand it. It can happen to anyone of us and this author really doesn't hold back on hitting where it might hurt.
I am a king of person that likes to take on problems head on, I don't want to run, I want to face it, I find its the only way to deal with a problem [no matter what it is].
I do understand that this subject matter will bring back unhappy memories for many.
My Moms father was a drinker, he beat his wife, they moved into my Grandmas house and continued living there and let him 'get on with it'. Those were many many years ago. Now alcohol is and addiction, even treated like an illness. Whatever your thoughts are on that, this will evoke many different dimensions to it. It did for me.
You will need tissues to read some of these parts.
You may not.
You may say "its self inflicted"
You may say "let them rot"
Whatever your views are on the subject, this book will give an insight to how fast the decline can be to an addiction, and why.
Remember too, whilst reading this, some of us are emotionally stronger than others, some of us have family around us but not supportive or close, some of us have a life that has gone to plan, some of us have a life that we planned but was diverted by unforeseen circumstances.
Keep an open mind.
As with any author who has the courage to write such a emotive subject [its like Politics] we all have our views, keep an open mind and you may be surprised.
I loved this book and I am so glad I got an advanced copy from Head of Zeus Via Net Galley for my review. I love this authors books as she never holds back. Her writing is superb and your details are defined.
In Another Love, Amanda introduces her readers to Romilly, Celeste and David. Rather than keeping to one narrative, Amanda chooses to split it between mother and daughter, Romilly and Celeste. I adored that Amanda chose to tell Romilly and Celeste's story in this way. Not only was it effective, sending all of my emotions tumbling, but it allowed me to see this heartbreaking story from both sides which is always something that I find interesting, and enjoyable when reading. As Amanda opens the novel, it becomes clear that Romilly really does have the most perfect life. It's everything she's ever wanted, and then some. She has the most adorable little girl, she has doting, handsome husband, and their home is beautiful. The fact that Romilly's life was so damn perfect only intensified the shattering of my heart later on in the novel when things began to get completely out of hand. It shocked to me see how Romilly's life changed so suddenly, and again, Amanda ensured Celeste's narrative crept in and out of the novel, allowing me to see everything from both sides. It was amazing, the story had my heart bending at it's will, and it's one that I truly won't be forgetting in a hurry, that I can promise you.
Focusing on alcoholism, Romilly's story was a harsh one, but one which I think needed to be told. Amanda's descriptions of the places Romilly managed to find herself in once she'd lost her way completely floored me, so stark and raw were they, and at times it became almost unbearable for me to read. The contrasts of Romilly's life before and after were painful, even more so because it happens every single day. Amanda really put my emotions through the shredder with this one. I was constantly hoping, no, praying, that finally, things were going to start looking up for Romilly, that she'd go home to her family and they'd work things out, but as Amanda quickly showed me, it really just wasn't that simple. The author did not hold back, but I felt this was necessary for me to really become invested in her characters, and I was. From the very beginning, I was right behind Romilly. I cheered her on, and even when she fell back down, I was certain she'd get back up. Not only was the focus on alcoholism, but Amanda shone the spotlight on Romilly's marriage and relationship with her daughter too. Again, this only intensified how strongly I felt towards these characters that Amanda had handed over to me. I knew them inside out. I was told of how Romilly and David had met, how she'd thought he was beautiful. I knew the intimacies between them, their shared inside jokes and names for each other. They really were in love, making it all the more painful when the novel took a turn for the worse much later on. Watching Romilly make her choices and decisions was a tough one for me, but it became clear much later on that those choices were made by a much stronger presence that she'd had no control over whatsoever.
This is only the second book by Amanda Prowse that I've read, and already I can feel myself becoming attuned to the author's voice and style. I adore it, and can't wait to go back and catch up with her previous releases. It was powerful, shocking, sob-inducing and all of the things in-between. It's a book that changes how you feel and look at things, how you perceive certain people in society. It's one woman's downfall that will tear your heart completely in two.
Becca's Books is awarding Another Love by Amanda Prowse with five gorgeous cupcakes. Amanda is a phenomenal author whose stories linger on within you long after you've finished reading. The women Prowse creates are the type you'd love to sit with and hear about their life. They're incredibly strong and have been through things you can't even comprehend. Amanda Prowse, please don't stop what you're doing. I could read your books for the rest of my life and find something new to marvel about.
*Review copy provided via publisher*
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