- Non Fiction
The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
List Price: £4.99
Paperback: 332 Pages.
Published: 21 March 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all:....
by Debra Found
Light Reading - I Didn't Get Involved
This is the story of Lucy, a high flying executive who has a great marriage to Jonah, a great house and a job she loves. There is a little bit of tension with her mother but otherwise Lucy seems to have it all....except for a baby. Into this mix is thrown Camille, Jonah's 16 year old daughter from a previous marriage who comes to stay.
I did enjoy this book despite it all getting a little sicky sweet in some places. Lucy is desperate for a baby & suffers several miscarriages. This, naturally enough, causes a great deal of stress and tension. There is lots of second guessing what people think - Lucy thinks Jonah doesn't really want a baby as he has Camille whereas Jonah doesn't want Lucy to keep having to go through miscarriages.
Camille is a fairly typical teen. Lucy quite unrealistically wants to be her best friend and feels pushed out & excluded. I don't think this is unusual but Lucy doesn't handle it well. Poor old Jonah keeps getting stuck in the middle of the situation.
I enjoyed this book on a fairly superficial level. I didn't get that involved with the story & certainly didn't find myself moved to tears or great compassion for Lucy. It wasn't that I didn't sympathise, she just didn't get under my skin greatly. Perhaps it is because I am fortunate enough not to have been in her situation? or perhaps it was because her feelings were explained to a great extent in the book as opposed to the writing drawing me into her mindset? I don't know which it was but suspect it was a combination of the two.
There are a few twists in this book but I must confess to having seen them all coming. It was a bit predictable.
I did enjoy this book but it was very much a light and superficial read. I expect it spoke to other women much more than it did to me.
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.