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A Mother's Story

by Amanda Prowse

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on A Mother's Story

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

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Sarah Broadhurst

A Mother's Story Synopsis

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.

A Mother's Story Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Alison Bisping - 'It's a serious, emotive subject and Amanda Prowse handles it very well. Thank you Amanda.'
  • Shilawati Rahman - 'It is a superb, moving, sensitive and heart-breaking story regarding post-natal depression, which is surprisingly quite common in the UK.'
  • Sally Doel - 'Wow! What a powerful and emotional book. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Would definitely read another by this author.'
  • Sharon McKinlay - 'Very moving book showing how a perfect family can fall to pieces without anyone noticing the signs.'
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'Sadly captivating and heart-breaking.'
  • Lisa Wise - 'A Mother's Story will have you laughing out loud one minute & crying uncontrollably the next. A heart-breaking insight into postnatal depression. A fantastic read!'
  • Celia Cohen - 'Heart rending but absolutely captivating.'
  • Judith Waring - 'a really gripping read and many congratulations to the author for highlighting a 'taboo' subject and helping to shed some much needed light on it.'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'I loved this book and couldn't put it down. A Mother's Story triggered so many of my emotions - I laughed, I cried, I felt angry, I felt sad … One of the most moving books I have read for some time.'
  • Kim Feasey - 'Amazingly well written book with characters you really care about. Jessica and Matthew have the perfect relationship- a baby can only cement it, can't it? A real page turner.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is a sensitively written and beautifully told exploration of mental illness. It is hard to read in places but in the end is hopeful and uplifting.'
  • Catherine Fagan - 'The most emotional book I've read in a long time. Deeply moving and handled with the utmost sensitivity.'
  • Lisa Hall - 'This was my first Amanda Prowse novel, and its not going to be my last - a little different to my usual read, the story line pulled me in from the beginning.'

A Mother's Story Press Reviews

'Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill... Deeply moving and inspiring'
Daily Mail

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781856604
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781856598
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781856604
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Amanda Prowse

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 Photography

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