My Review of “THE ART OF HIDING” by Amanda Prowse



Goodreads Blurb

The Art of Hiding

The Art of Hiding

What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?

Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.


Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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I appreciate that Amanda Prowse, author of “The Art Of Hiding” has written a modern-day thought-provoking novel. The genre for this Novel is Literary Fiction. The timeline for his story is in the present. This story reminds me of  “rags to riches to rags” story.
The author describes her characters as complicated, complex and confused.Nina McCormick, came from a different lifestyle than the one she has once she gets married. Nina came from a modest and struggling home to a very comfortable lifestyle, an enormous house, exclusive schools for her boys and a privileged  status. Unfortunately, her husband dies in an accident. Nina finds out that her husband had many secrets that he hid from her. Not only do Nina and her boys struggle with the loss of her husband and their father, they find out that they are left bankrupt, and have to leave everyone and everything behind.
Nina returns to her childhood neighborhood, and she and her sons struggle to survive and make ends meet. Nina has the emotional support of her sister, and realizes that she has to control her life.
It is a rude awakening to Nina. Nina questions her relationship to her husband, and the reason he was hiding so many things from her. Nina has to learn to have self confidence and become independent.
The author discusses the extremes of poverty and wealth. Does being wealthy make one happy?  Does being wealthy provide you the security of friends and family?  Can physical objects that wealth can buy provide happiness?  Can you be happy if you are financially struggling?  What is important to make one happy?
Amanda Prowse describes  the importance of a support system, family, friends,  working towards a goal, love and hope, and believing in yourself. I found this  was an emotional novel, which made me think about many things, and I would recommend it. I liked Nina’s  children’s growth and change in attitude. I received a copy of this ARC (Advanced Reading Edition) for my honest review.

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