The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

Happy Monday word nerds!! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I got to hang out by the pool and celebrate one of my favorite kids turning 6 (thankfully not mine yet, she has a couple months to go haha), spend time with my bestie, and watch a storm with my main squeeze! All around a great prelude to my birthday week! And of course books!!! So without further ado….

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?

I loved this touching look into the struggle it can be to start a family and what it means to build your own.

I appreciated Lucy’s story and seeing the transition from hurt and angry into a loving and solid rock for her stepdaughter Camille when Lucy was needed the  most. I think that the author did a great job at capturing the struggle of being part of a blended family and the hurts that come from that but also the joy and growth when you finally get to a place where you begin to understand what it means to get to build a family together.

If you are looking for an honest story on the struggle and triumphs of being a part of family when everything doesn’t go as you have planned read this book. I give this heart-grabbing story 4 stars! Be sure to pick this one up. It is a slower paced story that you can take your time and get invested in.

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