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The Idea of You

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What if the one thing you want is the only thing you can’t have?

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 Jon

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Published March 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse is a 2017 Lake Union Publishing publication.

One of my 2019 New Year’s resolutions was to utilize by Kindle Unlimited subscription more. I had checked this book out a very long time ago, and it has been sitting on my Kindle, untouched, for ages. So, this was one of the first KU books I chose to read this year.

Amanda Prowse has received a lot of praise from some of my reviewer contemporaries, so every time I saw one of her books on sale or in the KU library, I’d
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars to Amanda Prowse's book The Idea of You, a fictional story about a women craving motherhood but facing many barriers to success. I was offered this book through NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for a fair an honest review. I am glad I read it and had a positive reaction. On to the review!

Lucy has wanted to be a mother for a very long time, but she's about to turn 40 and was recently dumped by her boyfriend who went on to marry Lucy's own cousin. At a christening,
Susanne  Strong
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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3 Stars.

Not My Cup of Tea. A One-Note Storyline. Yet Well Written.

Lucy Carpenter is a single woman of 39. She has a fabulous career. One which everyone is jealous of. She appears to have it all. Yet she is desperately unhappy. She wants a man. She goes to events, weddings and christenings and sees people embarked on coupledom and she is alone, wondering what is wrong with her. FINALLY, while at a christening for her co-worker’s baby, she meets one: Jonah Carpenter. He is the man of her dreams an
Sarah Joint
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Very emotional and touching but ultimately not for me. The writing is great, it just wasn't holding my attention that well and I think that's down to the subject matter. The main character is a woman named Lucy who is close to 40 with an extremely successful career but has been left wanting. She wants a husband and a baby quite desperately. While she finds the husband in an unexpected way, the baby part of the equation proves quite difficult. She is elated when she conceives, but sadly she exper ...more
Dash fan
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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10☆ ++ Utterly Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

I just finished Amanda Prowse The idea of You.
Utterly Fantastic!
Had me in tears.

Amanda always puts so much raw emotion into her books and always challenges topics that are sensitive, in a way that's informative and passionate making it ok to discuss.
Amanda always writes from the heart and it shows as her writing style always has  such passion and strength.

This book is about a women's longing for a family, however mother nature has other ideas and she
[Shai] Bibliophage
I can understand Lucy wanting to finally meet the man of her dreams because, ahem, that's what I'm currently hoping now. But I'm not a fan or whirlwind romances just like what happened to Lucy when he met Jonah.

If a marriage is a product of these hasty love stories, I think that's where the complications always start. Lucy wasn't prepared to what could happen after getting married; and she's either overwhelmed by her new situation or she just didn't expect the problems that would soon arise.

Karen Whittard
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, lake union publishing and Amanda Prowse for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

Grab you jumbo sized box of tissues, the biggest bar of chocolate that you can find, put on some comfy pjs, clean off your makeup, clear your diary and make sure that you are a
Lucy is a 39-year old advertising executive who has just about given up on marriage and motherhood after her fiance left her to marry her cousin. But when she attends the christening of her godson, she meets Jonah Carpenter who immediately is smitten and so is she. They soon marry and try vigilantly to have a baby with tragic results. Life gets even more complicated when Jonah's 16-year old daughter, Camille, comes for an extended visit.

I couldn't decide for quite some time whether I liked Lucy
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Amanda Prowse book and after a few chapters I knew it wouldn't be my last. I was drawn into all the characters and the style of writing flowed beautifully. The plot was interesting and moved quite fast and it was hard to put the book down. Although I didn't find this book emotional I imagine it could be too some people, for me it was a good all round chick lit and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Louise Wilson
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucy Carpenters 40th birthday is approaching and she hopes she will finally have it all. A wonderful new husband, Jonah. She has a successful career and she now has a chance of a baby of her own. But the reality of becoming parents proves to be much harder than they imagined.

This is a really emotional read. The characters are likeable and believable. Amanda Prowse has a writing skill that's pulls you in within the first chapter. This book will leave you an emotional wreck. I do recommend this bo
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
*Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing for an arc of this book via Netgally.
**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Writings and Reviews

What a beautiful, powerful story . . . at times heartbreaking - but also an inspiring story of love, hope, courage, family - a story of getting back up when life knocks you down. I was a little wary starting this book. I knew the subject matter and expected that it would be a hard read - one filled with the devastating effects of the ultimate loss. And it is. I found myself
Joanne Robertson
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I saw that the new book by one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse was about motherhood, specifically struggling to become a mother due to miscarriage, I knew this was going to be a very emotional read for me. And then I realised that Amanda’s “book birthday” would be the same day as my daughter’s birthday, my “miracle baby” even though she is now 25, so I knew it was a sign! I HAD to read this book! I had to see how Amanda dealt with the issues raised as, at one point in my life, I WAS L ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Having just finished this this wonderful book, I have a lump in my throat and tears are just pricking at my eyelids. It is another masterpiece from the incredibly talented Amanda Prowse, and this time the theme of the book is parenthood and family.

The writing is beautiful and draws you into the story right from the start. It was the perfect way for me to spend a Sunday afternoon, utterly absorbed in Lucy Carpenter's story with new husband Jonah and step daughter Camille.

There are some incredib
Lucy Banks
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first book by British author Amanda Prowse who is well known for her emotional women's fiction. In The Idea of You, Ms. Prowse explores a woman's desire for a baby and what it means to be a mother. Her protagonist, Lucy, has suffered several miscarriages and is (obviously) feeling despondent. When sixteen-year-old Camille, her husband's daughter from his first marriage, comes over from France to stay with Lucy and her husband Jonah, Lucy is additionally faced with the problems of ste ...more
Sue McQuaide Kitt
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a brilliant book that I found heart-wrenching and emotional and is so beautifully and sensitively written for an emotional topic. A stunning story about family, motherhood, love and loss.

The story of Jonah and Lucy is like a fairytale, such deep love and the only thing to complete it is to start a family, but this proves to be harder than they thought. When Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them for an extended holiday, Camille takes an instant dislike to her father’s
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book started out as a 3 star (“ok” read, not great but not horrible either), but a chapter or so in, it went down to 2 stars and truth be told, by the time I reached the halfway mark, I was so annoyed with the way the story was going that I was tempted to DNF the book right then and there. But not being one to abandon a book in the middle of reading unless there is a truly compelling reason, I stuck with it and ended up speed-reading through the rest of the book so I could get thro
Alice (MTB/Alice Tied The Bookish Knot)
I was invited to receive a copy for review via NetGalley!

T/W- Miscarriage

This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story about Lucy, who dreams of being a mother and settling down to family life with her husband. After some painful experiences, Lucy's husband Jonah has a daughter from a previous marriage Camille who has arrived from France to stay with them. Then, a massive shock opens up secrets from Lucy's past that hardly anyone close to her knew about. The writing style was very easy to get in
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lucy to some, has it all. She may have met and married the love of her life, relatively late compared to some and is a high flyer in a career but the one thing she wants above all else, is to be a mother.

Jonah and Lucy have such a heartwarming relationship but when his daughter from a previous marriage comes to stay, Camille, it puts them through a testing time. Camille is a reminder of what it’s like to be a young sixteen year old. She could definitely be anyone of us at that age. I couldn’t he
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this was a mostly lovely story of family. The main character, Lucy, is around 40 years old, recently married and desperate for a child. Her new husband has a teenaged daughter that Lucy has never met, who is coming to stay with them for a while. There are also complicated relationships with family members and ex-partners.

It started out a bit rough for me. Although I could understand and feel for what Lucy was going through, she came across as bit obsessed and whiny. It is difficult to
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Idea of You is an emotional, touching story of a woman’s struggle, not to conceive but to keep her unborn child from miscarrying. In doing this she simultaneously has to deal with tricky family situations which really test her and an awful incident in the past that keeps coming back to haunt her.

The characters in this novel are easy to identify with and likeable, making you actually care about what happens to them. The protagonist, Lucy, seems really 
Tracy Fenton
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Idea of You is the latest emotional, domestic drama from the exceptionally talented Amanda Prowse, who always creates such powerful and realistic stories about real life, heartbreaking situations and tragedy with such empathy and compassion. I wasn’t able to put this book down, totally engrossed in Lucy and Jonah’s lives and desperately hoping for a happy ending. With a theme of love, loss and family, The Idea of You reminds us all to value what we hav
Karen KK
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

From the book description... 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 of course life has its own agenda.

A quick read, the writing flows nicely. I can't imagine having at baby at 40, maybe that is why this book didn't really click for me.

2.5☆ rounded up t
Ellana Thornton-Wheybrew
Mar 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Two stars is generous, so I'm giving it one. I strongly believe I was pre-approved for this on NetGalley just because I'm a woman. The book deals with miscarriage, but doesn't deal with the slut shaming, misogyny, and the potential abuse and alcoholism that are also touched upon in the story.

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Mairead Hearne (
‘A Loving Husband

A Perfect Marriage

A Family Incomplete…’

The Idea of You is the latest release from Amanda Prowse published by Lake Union.

Inspired by Amanda’s own experiences, and described as'heart wrenching and poignant', I knew picking this up that some tears would be shed.

Amanda Prowse writes about issues that affect so many women around the globe and with The Idea of You, the topics dealt with will strike a chord with many many more.

Please read on for my thoughts…..

Lucy Carpenter is real
book bruin
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is probably the most emotional book I have read in some time. I knew going in that this would be a gut-wrenching story, but I was still unprepared for the overwhelming feelings that I would experience while reading about Lucy and Jonah's journey. The characters were relatable, the grief palpable, and the honesty of the words left me stunned.

I firmly believe that I would not have had such a visceral reaction to this book had portions of it not mirrored my own life. The first half of this bo
Lynsey Summers
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Idea of You is yet another poignant and moving novel from best seller Amanda Prowse.  The beauty of this author's writing is that is so very real.  Amanda has a knack of taking an issue and pin-pointing the beating heart of it, she then writes a true and heart-rending novel around it.

This book is another case in point.  Motherhood.  This is something many people are able to take for granted.  They try for a baby, have a good pregnancy, have the baby and off they are on the road of parenthood
Arlena Dean

Title: The Idea Of You
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"The Idea Of You" by Amanda Prowse

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A good read that covered 'parenthood and family.' The author gives the reader quite a story that dealt with Lucy, Jonah[newly married] and Camille who was her step-daughter[coming to live with them]. But for some reason or another Camille took a instant dislike toward Lucy. Now, why was that? I found this read very tear grabbing with all
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Carpenter and her husband, Jonah, are happily married and planning to have a baby. When she becomes pregnant, Lucy spends her evenings knitting baby clothes. She has a pregnancy book she reads to discover how her baby is developing week by week, and imagines how happy their lives will be once their baby is born. Her heart is broken when she has an miscarriage, but they are determined to try again. Sorrow strikes a second time when she has another miscarriage. As Lucy struggles to deal with ...more
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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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