Now, when Annabelle Wright got in touch to ask me if I would like to be part of the blog tour for The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse, life was so difficult that I wasn’t actually accepting anything new. That said, Amanda Prowse is one of my favourite authors and I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to read The Coordinates of Loss. I’m so glad I said yes to this tour!
Amanda Prowse has featured so often on Linda’s Book Bag that I think it might be easiest simply to post the links:
My review of Anna is here.
My review of Another Love is here.
My review of My Husband’s Wife is here.
My review of The Food of Love is here.
My review of The Idea of You is here.
I have also been privileged to interview Amanda here.
The Coordinates of Loss
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.
When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.
In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.
Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?
Published by Lake Union, The Coordinates of Loss is available for purchase here.
My Review of The Coordinates of Loss
Rachel, James and Oscar have the perfect Bermudan lifestyle, but it is not to last.
I cannot express adequately enough just how much I adored The Coordinates of Loss. I think Amanda Prowse’s writing just gets better and better. There isn’t a single discordant note in this fabulous story. I loved the quality of the prose and at the risk of sounding patronising, I think the author has taken her writing to a new level in this book. Amanda Prowse combines craft and emotion in an ideal blend that hooks the reader and doesn’t let them go until every word is devoured.
I found the characters in The Coordinates of Loss so vivid, especially Oscar and Cee-Cee. Cee-Cee’s letters to Rachel affected me very deeply because she articulated the kind of emotions so many of us experience but can’t describe effectively. Her wisdom and truth felt to me like a tenet to live the rest of my life by. This is powerful writing indeed.
James and Rachel’s deep and overwhelming grief could so easily be mawkish and overdone, but under Amanda Prowse’s skilful pen it is raw, believable and hits the reader in the solar plexus – hard. I so wanted them to heal and be reunited but the stark picture of the realities of grief made me realise life doesn’t always provide a straight and carefree path. I was with them completely on their journey so that I felt their emotions resonate inside my very soul and felt as if I were part of the story too.
I just loved this book. Wise, warm and utterly, utterly wonderful, The Coordinates of Loss is Amanda Prowse at her most perfect best and I’d defy anyone reading this story not to be affected on a deep and personal level. It is fantastic.
About Amanda Prowse
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband’s Wife have sold millions of copies around the world.
Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and Perfect Daughter that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s book The Food of Love went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.
All of Amanda Prowse’s wonderful writing is available here .
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