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The Girl in the Corner

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,768 ratings  ·  453 reviews

From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family. But will they be there for her?

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, H

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Published December 11th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I have heard such great things about bestselling author Amanda Prowse that I'm a little embarrassed to say I have never read any of her books, even though I do own a couple of her latest ones.
“The Girl in the Corner” was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable love story with wonderful characters that really came to life. The story delves into the troubled waters of when the trust is broken between a loving husband and wife of twenty five years. Rae-Valentine's husband confesses on their silver
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rae-Valentine met her husband through her best friend, Dolly. Dolly knew that her best friend and her brother would hit it off, and she was right. Rae and her husband have been married for twenty-five years and have two children together. After anniversary party, Howard drops a bombshell on Rae. His shocking betrayal leaves Rae reeling. She is shocked, hurt, angry and sad.

Shocked and heartbroken, Rae looks back on not only her marriage but the things she gave up when she got married at the age
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: This evening she looked at the lit windows of the tall houses, standing like sentinels in a proud curve, and wondered, as she often did, about the lives that went on behind them, picturing the people she nodded to or greeted during the course of the day.

'Morning Mrs Williams! ... Yes, it is a bit chilly; stay warm. '

'Hello Mr Jeffries. How are you today? ... Oh, I'm so glad to hear it. If you need anything, you know where we are. '

'Well, hello Fifi - aren't you full of energy today!' R
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is a contemporary read that in typical Amanda Prowse fashion has a roller coaster of emotion oozing from the pages. There’s ups, there’s downs, with plenty of family drama to go around.

When Rae-Valentine was sixteen she met her lifelong best friend Dolly when the two ended up partnering up. The two girls couldn’t have been any more different from one another but that was exactly what drew them together when told to pick a partner. Dolly was ever the outgoi
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After reading several of Amanda Prowse books I feel highly honoured to receive a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Rae-Valentine meets extrovert Dolly at college, they become friends for life even though she is the opposite of quiet Rae. Dolly is adamant that Rae will love her brother Howard so she arranges a double date which leads to marriage.

Howard and Rae are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and Dolly has helped arrange a party that has all the family there.
Dale Harcombe
Rae-Valentine and Dolly meet as sixteen year olds. Dolly is loud, self-confident and so opposite to Rae- Valentine who often feels she is invisible, even in her own family. For some reason Dolly has decided Rae-Valentine is to be her friend, her best friend and it seems that what Dolly wants tends to happen. When Dolly decides Rae should meet her brother, Howard, Rae has her doubts. But once again it seems Dolly get her way. No-one is more surprised than Rae when Howard Latimer seems to find the ...more
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars
Kylie H
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rae-Valentine has always been the girl in the corner, trying not to be noticed. At a young age overshadowed by her all singing, all dancing older sister and then later by her loud over the top best friend Dolly. Shoot forward then to the evening of Rae's 25th wedding anniversary, she feels she has it all, a beautiful house, doting husband, great children, but a revelation to her later that night but someone near and dear to her brings it all unstuck.
Will Rae find her voice and come out of the co
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The Girl in the Corner is written in third person and is written in a very easy and readable style. There are a few flashbacks in this book, but they don't interrupt the flow of the story and help enrich it. The story is not explicit, characters do have sex and have sexual thoughts, but they are presented in a vague and tasteful manner.

The story centres on Rae-Valentine, who has always felt like the 'Girl in the corner', the girl who is always overlooked in favour of other, prettier or more tale
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many books by Amanda Prowse, so naturally I had to read The Girl In The Corner. After reading this paperback I realised why the title was chosen for The Girl In The Corner, but I feel it would be ashame to reveal the reason. I don't want to spoil your reading time for those of you who have this book on your to read list or those of you who may have just started reading it. I think with all of Amanda Prowse novels every reader reads into something that interests them. In my case I loved ...more
Adele Shea
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I was not expecting that ending.
If you want a book about friendship, love, loss and betrayal, look no further than The Girl In The Corner. Another great book by Amanda Prowse.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Contemporary Fiction
I was excited to read this latest novel by Amanda Prowse having been lured by the attractive cover design and the very relatable premise of a woman who feels the need to re-evaluate her whole life, following her husband's guilty admission of his betrayal.

In the opening chapter, we are introduced to sixteen-year-old Rae-Valentine Pritchard, who is quiet and shy, when she meets the very confident, loud and gregarious Dolly Latimer, at College. The two girls quickly become best friends and are
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me think. I have been the girl in the corner my whole life, less-confident, insecure, fearful. The story kept me awake practically the whole night; deeper introspection has led to the conclusion that I am probably coming into my own trying to do new things, but there are still some things I need to change or accept.

I call author Amanda Prowse the Queen of Emotions, and she has struck again bringing to life another topic which many of us have seen - infidelity. Ms Prowse's ability
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Rachel Hall
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mature, realistic and unexpectedly profound women’s fiction written with honesty, wit & warmth.

Despite not having been particularly impressed by the only previous novel that I have read by Amanda Prowse, the premise for The Girl in the Corner was so relatable with a mature female protagonist forced to reassess her life, marriage and friendships after the revelation of her husband’s betrayal, that I opted to voluntarily read. I am glad that I approached the novel with an open mind, however, as Th
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a nice book. I think Amanda Prowse always has wonderful character development and it's easy to get to know the main characters and relate to them on some level.

This story frustrated me several times due to the behaviors of some of the characters, however the behaviors seemed realistic for the characters in question. This was not an issue with the writing. I simply wanted people to react differently. I suppose that goes to show how realistic her characters really are.

The stor
Karen Whittard
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always with an Amanda Prowse book you are taken on a journey of emotions as you journey through the book with the beautiful characters. Get the tissues to hand as you will need them. This book is really beautiful just like all of Amanda’s books. She just had such a fabulous way of writing that makes you feel things deeply. I loved it.

Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-l
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Prowse has a style of writing that brings her characters to life. She builds them up in such a manner they feel like your family/friends and in turn you feel their emotions.

The Girl in the Corner is a lovely story of love, loss and trust and how rediscovery is possible at any stage in life. This book contains an important message about ensuring you are living the life you want to live and are happy and creating lasting memories to look back.

What a lovely story, I loved Rae Valentine and w

With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Rae-Valentine Pritchard was sixteen when she became best friends with Dolly Latimer at college. Dolly hero worshiped her big brother Howard and decided that Rae would be his perfect girlfriend. Dolly`s matchmaking worked and Rae married Howard when she was eighteen.

Twenty five years later Rae was happily to Howard and they had two grown-up children Hannah and George. Howard had taken over the family
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed all the books that i have read so far by this author and so pleased to have received an advanced copy of 'The Girl in the Corner' via Netgalley.

I was determined when i started to read this book, that i will not put a tissue box at my side. Amanda Prowse always has the ability to pull at my heartstrings! All was going well and near to the end... well, i should have known better. I am not going to write what the story is about, as i would rather one read the story for themse
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I always enjoy Amanda Prowse's books and avidly want for her next release. This did not disappoint at all. I loved the characters and was hugely entertained. A great contrast of emotions while reading, from laughter to being on the verge of tears! Her books always feel as though you could step right into them as the characters and plots are so realistic. ...more
Nancy Ahyee
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The Girl in the Corner" by Amanda Prowse is my first by this author, but it definitely won't be my last. I requested this book based on a Twitter post by someone who was so excited to see it on NetGalley, and I'm so glad I did. This is the story of Rae-Valentine, who is married to Howard - her first boyfriend, her best friend Dolly's brother, and the love of her life. On the evening of their 25th anniversary, Howard reveals a secret to Rae that makes her question her marriage and her place in t ...more
Jill McGill
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
Rae-Valentine and her husband Howard were childhood sweethearts brought together by Dolly, Rae's best friend and Howard's wild and crazy sister. They have been married 25 years and have 2 children together. But now, after their anniversary party, Howard reveals something shocking that leaves Rae blindsided. Heartbroken, Rae not only starts questioning her marriage but also her friendships that seem to always be one-sided. Will Rae finally put herself first?

Amanda Prowse has done it again, anoth
Mary Lou
I really like the Amanda Prowse novels I have read so far, but I struggled a bit with this one.
Rae and Howard are a happily married couple but it turns out Howard has a secret.
Response to a novel is probably influenced by the frame of mind of reader at that time, but even so, neither Howard nor Rae, or for that matter her best friend Dolly felt real, likeable or plausible, and the story seemed to move in endless circles without progression for much of the time.
With thanks to Netgalley and Amazo
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read but sadly Amanda’s novels have become rather predictable.

I found the characters irritating and all a bit Shirley Valentine.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amanda Prowse has done it again her fantastic writing and realistic characters had me hooked on this book from beginning to end.

Rae Valentine was such a believable character I could relate to her circumstances and reactions throughout and she had me rooting for her throughout.

Rae was always the girl in the corner!! Shy and unconfident, taking second place to her older confident sister until she meets Dolly who becomes her lifelong friend, Dolly introduces her to her brother Howard and they fall
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Rae and Dolly have been best friends since the age of sixteen. Dolly is loud and crass whilst Rae is more subdued. She has been happily married to Howard, Dolly’s brother, for twenty five years and overall been content with her life. That all changes when she finds out that her marriage isn’t as happy as she had thought.

We follow Rae as she tries to come to terms with what is going on in her life. My heart went out to her as even a fabulous trip to Antigua is tainted. As much as I liked Dolly as
Karen Carter
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have come to expect from Amanda Prowse, this book is character driven and as you read, you really do feel that the characters are living, breathing people that you completely relate to. The women are particularly vivid in their portrayal and I was quick to identify the Rae Valentine and Dolly in my own family.
This book raises questions how much of ourselves we give to our relationships and, on occasion, how much we give up for them and how much we find ourselves hiding behind them.
Every fa
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. Another great book by the wonderful Amanda Prowse. It never ceases to amaze me how Ms Prowse can tackle any topic with such empathy and understanding. Her books leave me pondering what I would do in her characters situation and at times leave me uncomfortable due to the raw emotion she explores in her stories. This isn’t one of my favourites but it was very enjoyable. I will admit towards the end I was thinking “is that it?!” and then wham- a bit of a shocking twist in the ending. I ass ...more
Natasha du Plessis
Amanda Prowse, WOW!!!! This book had great characters, people that I could associate with. This was a story of love, heartbreak and finding yourself. Some moments were funny and some really sad. I asked lots of questions whilst reading this book and all were answered by the end of the book. It is sad to let go of Rae but she has many adventures ahead. It would be lovely if there could be a follow-up of Rae's new story. I would definitely recommend this book and author to other readers. ...more
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