The Idea of You
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...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
I just finished Amanda Prowse The idea of You.
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 ...more
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.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.
You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On goodreads.com/karenwhittard 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 ...more
I couldn't decide for quite some time whether I liked Lucy ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[ The entire book follows one woman with little personality who has one desire in life: to have a child. Except she already had a child when she was sixteen, but never tried to get in touch wi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Title: The Idea Of You
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Idea Of You" by Amanda Prowse
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 ...more