What if the one thing you want is the only thing you can’t have?
With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…
This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?
Genre: Fiction – Women’s Fiction
Part of a Series: No
Steam Level: Minimal
I received The Idea of You as an auto-approval from NetGalley some time back. And while it didn’t really seem appealing I decided to give it a chance. Mostly because after attempting to read another of the author’s books I saw how well written it was but not caring for the characters in that book I stopped the previous book. My experience of this book was about the same. Although, well-written I didn’t much care for Lucy. I got tired of her not speaking up for herself or becoming upset at people not saying what she wanted them to say.
While the mystery that started in the beginning was interesting, it wasn’t all that surprising and I figured it out before the big reveal. Although I did kind of like how the author dealt with the aftermath and the results.
The most frustrating aspect of this book though is that it felt long and drawn out. It was as if I was an observer on a normal, boring life. At 60% it still felt like NOTHING HAPPENED, like we were in the same spot as we were at 20% It didn’t start moving until 75/80% and even then it was slow.
Although this isn’t really a book I cared for that much I did finish it and only wanted to throw my kindle a few times (which is why I gave it 2.5/5). If you’re looking for an emotional read featuring family life then The Idea of You would be a good read.
I received this book for free from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.