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The Food of Love

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  6,459 ratings  ·  581 reviews
A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life,
Paperback, 350 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Dash fan
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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If I could award this book 10 stars I would.
I have never read a book so intense, so heartbreaking yet so frustrating, so insightful as The Food of Love.

Amanda took me on a journey and opened my eyes wide to Anorexia and the heartache and struggles this poor little girl faces on a daily basis.

I shed many a tear whilst reading this book which never happens to me, and believe me when I say I have read a lot of true horrific stories. But this one touched me like no other book has.

You can see how mu
Ammara Abid
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Food is her sickness and food is her cure."

Tears are rolling down on my cheeks,
My heart is heavy,
My mind get exhausted,
All is irresistible.
I exactly don't know how I'm feeling right now but this is so excruciating.

An excerpt from the book that explains what ' The food of love" is all about.

"I live in a house where anorexia has swept all of the joy associated with eating out of the door and in its place left an awkward dust that lingers on surfaces, tainting our everyday actions and yes, eve
This is a totally and utterly compelling read.
My heart broke for all those involved in this mental health story of anorexia.

For Freya the Mum. An excellent Mom who continually questioned herself. Going over the fact that maybe in some way she was to blame. What she said? What she did? The anguish that brought her was very much a Mother's emotional state with anything affecting your child.
The denial, then, the acceptance followed by "I can sort this, I'm her mom"

Lexi was a sweet child, being in t
Lorraine Devon Wilke

This is a story about anorexia. The horrifying, pervasive, immersively devastating illness of anorexia, and the author lays out the process and powerlessness of her characters' journeys in painful detail and with tremendous passion and heart.

As much as you may think you know about the disease, the stomach-churning, revoltingly visceral and corporeal details of a child who spends every waking moment avoiding, analyzing, regurgitating, and rejecting food in the need to starve her
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-star
In a world obsessed with body image, this had the potential to be an insightful read about one young girls struggle with anorexia nervosa, if it had been told from said girls perspective. Instead, it is told from the viewpoint of her rather overbearing mother who just happens to be a food blogger.

Almost every piece of dialect in the book is too upbeat to be taken seriously, to the point where it borders on cheesiness. I understand the author wanted to create a relatively happy family picture be
Joanne Robertson
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mum has always used the Eleanor Roosevelt quote “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water” and that was the first thing that popped into my head when I met Freya in The Food of Love. She is happily married (possibly even a smug happily married!) to Lockie with teenage daughters Charlotte and Lexie. Being a mum to teenage girls is a tough job (I know!!!) but the unexpected horror of discovering Lexie is anorexic comes as a HUGE shock to all the ...more
Karen Mace
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley and the publishers in return for a fair and honest review.

This turned out to be a much darker read than I was imagining as it deals with the devastating effects that an eating disorder has on a family.

The Braithwaite family seem to be the perfect family - a loving couple, Freya and Lockie, and their two daughters, Charlotte and Lexi. Even the teenage girls squabbling seems to fit the normality of the family, but it soon becomes clear that one of the daught

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In January this year (2016) I had the pleasure to read Amanda Prowse's 'Another Love' and I loved every second of it. Though we're at the end of the year now and I've read so many good books through out this year, 'Another Love' is definitely one of my top 5 2016 releases. Naturally, loving Amanda's writing so much, I was very excited to read her latest book, 'The Food of Love'. This book is among the last I'll read this year (if not even the last), so I do l
Cynthia Corral
I honestly don't think a lot of this book. It's not terrible, but it's nowhere near the best book about anorexia that I've ever read. It feels like someone did a lot of research on anorexia and then just wrote a story about what they think it's like to have a suffering family member. I didn't feel the characters were that fleshed out and there just wasn't a lot of meat in the story.

I also had a lot of issues with the mother, who was much more interested in being a friend to her daughter than in
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
The Food of Love is a difficult story to read, and I am not quite sure how to review it. The story touches on some very complicated issues, so I will give it a bit of a think before I write a longer review. For now, I'll just say I recommend it!

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Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

In this brand-new raw, emotional and powerful novel by the incredible Amanda Prowse, readers are invited into the story unfolding on the pages and are witness to the fallout of what it's like when an eating disorder rears its head within a close-knit and loving family, seemingly out of nowhere.

In Prowse's The Food of Love, we're introduced to the Braithwaite family. There's Freya, the loving, caring and kind mother. There's Lockie, Freya's wonderful husband
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In The Food of Love, Amanda Prowse has written another superb insight into a normal family whose life has been unexpectedly and dramatically turned upside down. Freya is very content with her family and her life. She adores her two teenage daughters and is still crazy about her husband Lockie. Then, out of the blue, their happy family is sent reeling when it becomes apparent that her youngest daughter Lexi is having issues with food. This is particularly ironic as Freya is a food writer and Lock ...more
Christine Owens
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another powerful story from the pen of Amanda Prowse. I felt the way it was written gave me an insight into what it's like to live with someone suffering from an eating disorder, the lies, deceit, feelings of helplessness and sometimes anger. You felt the strain of how the family used to live, laugh and love each other, how their lives revolved around food and social activities and how their world shrank into one house and the all consuming battle to get their daughter to eat. The story is told ...more
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‘A loving mother.

A perfect family.

A shockwave that could shatter everything.’

The Food of Love is more than just a story. It is a frightening look at the effects of an eating disorder on the family unit.

Please read on for my thoughts on this truly wonderful book…

The Braithwaite family appear to have it all. A wonderfully happy household where jokes and love are dispensed in equal measures.

Freya is a freelance writer of journalistic articles, food related. She has always made sure that her famil
Suze Lavender
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Freya loves her two teenage daughters with all her heart. Charlotte and Lexi are her world. Freya thinks she has it all, two beautiful girls, a husband she's close to and a flexible work schedule. Their life is comfortable and that makes Freya proud. This changes when Freya receives a disturbing phone call. It's the beginning of a discovery that will change her family forever.

The Food Of Love is an impressive emotional story about food, family and unconditional love. Freya is a mother who thinks
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots of people warned me to read this book with a box of hankies by my side, I didn't pay heed as I'm usually quite strong when reading books and can distance myself - I was wrong! Hankies are definitely required.

However, I think I probably read this book from a different perspective from a lot of people, Lexi's anorexia was harrowing to read about and as a mum it tore at my heart-strings but I read this book from the perspective of parents trying to parent a teen with a mental health condition
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Amanda Prowse is an author I've heard a lot about but I've never actually read any novels by - until now. I hugely enjoyed The Food of Love; it was such a brilliant, thought-provoking novel that both terrified and completely absorbed me, making me want to read on even when there were some truly difficult parts to comprehend.

Focusing on the Braithwaite family's struggle as the youngest daughter, Lexi, is diagnosed with anorexia, we experience the ups and downs
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
This is the first book I’ve read by Amanda Prowse. And even though I’ve been hearing nothing but praise for this author over the last two years I’ve been blogging, I just never seemed to get around to reading any of her books until now. I’d seen a lot of hype for The Food of Love so where better to start than with this.

As the book description say’s Freya has the perfect family, a loving husband and two beautiful teenage daughters until everything is turned upside down when Lexi develops an eatin
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I thought it was just more chic lit. It did stay that way through the book, but I hadn't read anything this detailed about anorexia and what the person with the disease feels, so I stayed with it. I did end up skimming through the last fourth of the book because it went on and on about the Mother's feelings and I just wanted to shake her and say her daughter's life is in danger, this isn't about worrying whether her daughter would still love her if she put her i ...more
Sally Coles
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Freya and Lockie think that they have the perfect family - two great kids - and Freya has a successful career as a food blogger - so she is not prepared to accept that their is anything wrong with her daughter Lexi.

Freya thinks that Lexi has now lost all of her puppy fat and has slimmed down nicely so when the school tell her that they think Lexi has a problem with eating she doesn't believe it and struggles to come to terms with the fact that her daughter has got anorexia.

I found this book inte
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An utterly compelling and heartbreaking story of a family plunged into a situation beyond their control. This is not a subject I personally know a great deal about but I feel that Amanda Prowse wrote with insight and compassion. It is very harrowing at times but completely absorbing and believable.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not recommended

This story was so saccharine I could barely stand it. Yes, the story was sad but it was so overdone. The language was too flowery and the plot was extremely repetitive. I found it tiresome.
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Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recap: Freya & Lockie have a beautiful home, jobs they love and two girls they adore. All is family bliss until Lexi, the youngest, becomes anorexic.

Review: I wept throughout this book. The emotions and heartache are written so well, we see how the entire family is destroyed by this savage illness and the pain of trying and failing to help. Eating disorders are sadly not unknown to me and being able to identify with every character made this book unputdownable. The author doesn't shy away fr
Colette Lamberth
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling page turner of a book and even when you dread to think what is coming next you are driven by the absolute need to know. I cried for Lexi and her family like they were real people that I know and was hoping and praying for a happy ending. Did I get one? Well you will need to read it to find out and I strongly recommend that you do.

I received a free copy of The Food of Love via NetGalley and my thanks to Lake Union Publishing for that.
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5 stars! I did not expect to rate this very high. The more I got into it the more I knew it was a message that needs to be heard. Well researched. I was often angry or frustrated with the main character, Lexi's mom. At times I thought she was foolish, ignorant, and immature. I realized that I know a good bit about the subject, anorexia, as I have known friends who have had eating disorders and have thankfully recovered. It is not easy. I do know this. Often I wanted to shake Freya, shout at her, ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"The Food of Love" is the second novel I have read by Amanda Prowse. It is the story of a family whose teenage daughter has anorexia. This is a painful look at the devastating illness and it's effects on the family. The characters are well drawn and the story is compelling. This novel was a bit uncomfortable for me to read at times as I have a teenage daughter myself whose well-being and health I have worried incessantly over at times. It definitely makes one aware of how you talk about food and ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fighting the evils of anorexia.

This is the first Amanda Prowse book I have read since Poppy Day, her debut novel. At the time I thought the story a bit far fetched but the author's writing was excellent. I was thrilled to receive this copy from NetGalley and to get an opportunity to see how her writing had changed over the last five years.

This is the story of one perfectly ordinary, happy family, whose life is shattered by anorexia in one of the teenage daughters. While it paints an excellent pi
Lauren Watkins'x
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a truly wonderful insight to such a sensitive subject.

As I got to the halfway point, I thought I had the book sussed out - how it was all going to end etc.., I couldn't have been more wrong if I'd tried.

I really sympathised for the family. It was heartbreaking to see how one illness can tear a family to breaking point but it's something that happens everyday to different families, known or unknown. It happens. And with that, every family has my deepest condolences.

I felt like I was
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Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.
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“My dad used to say to me, “If you have one friend, consider yourself lucky, because one good one is all you need.”’ Lockie spoke calmly. ‘I always think that people who are capable of being nasty in that way must have a kernel of something dark inside them, something that makes them deeply unhappy, and I feel sorry for them, because that must be a terrible way to live. Who wants that going on inside?” 0 likes
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