by Amanda Prowse
3 stars (barely) of 5
After reading the other reviews here, I feel like I read a different book.
I feel like I plodded through an entire novel of whining. I mean really fantastically written whining. But I don't see the point.
Perhaps this 'women's fiction' or 'contemporary fiction' and I was waiting for a twist or a moment of excitement or not knowing what was going to come next. If you are also looking for those things, then this isn't the book for you. However, if you want slight drama and the story of a woman who was rich, then all of a sudden wasn't rich, then struggled, then her boys - especially the one - complain in a big way... I can't even correctly complain about the book because it just held nothing for me.
Let's get back to the writing style and the words. Because Amanda Prowse writes gorgeously. Truly. Every bit of the book I could imagine and see the surroundings. And I have never been anywhere even like her rich or poor town. So bravo to her for that, she could write amazing suspense novels (if that were her thing). And if it ever is, I hope I learn of it, because I would read anything she put out.
The book overall was just simply too whiny. And then disappointing when I realized it would end without anything actually happening to Nina. I mean she became poor because her husband had lied about his finances. It wasn't that he was cheating on her, he wasn't doing anything but protecting her. So if I want to read about someone losing their money that way, I'll pick up the local paper.
I do not like leaving reviews like this, especially when the book was given to me as an ARC. But this time it fell way short. :( But I do want to say thank you to NetGalley and Amanda Prowse for an ARC of this novel in exchange for this honest review.