I am a big fan of this author. She tackles gritty, sensitive issues in a thrilling manner. This one is about post-natal depression which it displays in its worst form. Jessica and Matthew are happy, young and in love. Their pregnancy is unexpected, a bit earlier than planned but still welcomed. Sadly the birth is a Caesarean and Jessica feels distant from her daughter. She then can’t breast feed and feels ill. Everyone else is euphoric. Eventually she gets medical help and things do improve. Then suddenly she begins to deteriorate. This has now gone on for a year and then, of course, the crisis comes. A page-turner, difficult to put down, brilliantly written in an accessible style and language. We have the story itself and also a diary, so sad. I cannot speak too highly of this book. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
I deserve all this because I did the worst thing a woman can do. The very worst. Jessica's wedding was like a fairytale. Her dress strewn with crystals. Her dad made a tearful speech. Her husband Matthew declared himself the luckiest man alive. But when their beautiful baby girl is born, Jessica is gripped by panic. She can't tell anyone how she feels. Even when her life starts to spiral out of control...This is her story. A mother's story.
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'Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill... Deeply moving and inspiring'
'A powerful page-turner'
'Uplifting and positive, but you may still need a box of tissues'
'A deeply moving and eye-opening tale about a struggling mum'
'A difficult, important and compelling read'
'By far Amanda Prowse's best novel to-date'
The Last Word
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||2nd July 2015|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. She is also the author of Poppy Day (Head of Zeus, 2012). She lives in the West Country with her husband Simeon, a soldier, and their two sons. Author photo © Paul Smith PhotographyMore About Amanda Prowse