My Review of “The Idea of You” by Amanda Prowse

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing, and Amanda Prowse for the ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of “The Idea of You” by Amanda Prowse for my honest review. The genres of this book are General Fiction(Adult) and Women’s Fiction.
I find that the author discusses heartfelt relevant issues of today. She describes her characters as flawed and human with needs and want. Amanda Prowse also brings up issues of the meaning of family, the economics in society where women have to work or choose to. What are society’s expectations of a family? Is it possible to have everything? I found that I was reading this, I was deep in thought and reflecting.
I admire the way Amanda Prose describes her characters and the complex and complicated situations that they face.
Lucy, our main character, is 40 years old and is at a christening, and realizes her biological clock is ticking. Everywhere she looks, there are mothers with their babies. Lucy has a responsible job, and is quite comfortable. Planning an early escape, she meets Jonah. Jonah is warm and has a sense of humor, and the two of them hit it off. Within a year, they have a simple marriage ceremony.
Jonah has a 16 year old daughter from a previous marriage, and really hasn’t spent time with her. Lucy encourages him to invite the daughter to visit.
Lucy and Jonah are delighted to find that they are expecting a baby. Lucy enjoys knitting and finds comfort. Lucy is so excited planning for her baby. Unfortunately, Lucy has a miscarriage, and both Lucy and Jonah are devastated.
Camille, Jonah’s daughter does come to visit. Lucy tries to be welcoming and make Camille comfortable. At times Lucy feels like an outsider. Camille can be disrespectful and rude to Lucy. Jonah doesn’t understand the conflict. Lucy finds it very difficult to be a stepmother, and more than anything, Lucy wants a baby.
Lucy has a difficult relationship with her mother. There seem to be secrets that Lucy has with her mother, and there are some flashbacks Lucy has. Camille is introduced to Lucy’s family and is warmly accepted. Lucy’s mother and sister love her.
Amanda Prowse describes Lucy’s and Camilles’s insecurities and their conflicts. Lucy is very emotional and her biggest desire is to become a Mom.
The author talks about family, support, encouragement, expectations, forgiveness, hope and love. She talks about being happy and sad. Isn’t that what life is about? I found this book to be emotionally challenging, and would highly recommend it.

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