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The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 288 Pages.

Published: 22 August 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 1611099552

EAN: 9781611099553

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.


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Nina Becomes a Strong Woman

Nina McCarrick is a showpiece wife of Finn McCarrick, CEO of a successful construction firm. Their two boys are at an exclusive private school, there is a swimming pool in the garden and Nina has little to do but make sure that life is perfect for her family. One day her world shatters. She loses Finn , the house, the schools and their way of life in a matter of days.

This is a voyage of discovery for Nina. She needs to find the woman that she once was. The feisty, capable woman she once was needs to build a life for herself and her sons in a place that she hoped she would never live again. Her sons discover that their Mother is more than a doormat & someone to run around after them.

I enjoyed Nina's road to self discovery. She had been cosseted by Finn for so long that when he dies she needs to suddenly be strong. Her sons didn't believe she could do it but her sister, Tiggy did. I like the fact that Nina does not need to find another man to become strong again but is happy being who she has become. Nina and Tiggy are great characters to be admired.

I am not convinced by some of the geography of Portswood, Southampton which is a place that I know well. I also think that the author played very much on its negatives which was slightly unfair. However, it is really not that important to the book and had I not known the place then I wouldn't have noticed.

When Nina and her sons are forced to leave their rich lifestyle only one person (the lawyer) shows any compassion or help. The reactions from the other mothers, supposed friends and neighbours is very negative & snobbish. It would have been nice if there had been just one nice person amongst these people. Just one person who was helpful or compassionate in a small way. The picture drawn of private school families is totally negative which I feel is slightly unfair. Also unfair was the 100% positivity of the people that Nina meets when they move to Southampton and are down on their luck. This was all a little black and white and slightly unrealistic.

On the whole this is a good book. Life doesn't come up all roses for Nina but she & her sons make the best of it. They discover a lot about themselves & become quite self-reliant. I would be happy to read another book by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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