From the million-copy bestseller Amanda Prowse, the queen of heartbreak fiction.
Amanda Prowse is the author of The Coordinates Of Loss and the no.1 bestsellers Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife and What Have I Done?
Grace and Tom Penderford are the luckiest people alive. They have a wonderful marriage, a comfortable life and a beautiful baby girl, Chloe.
Then, in a heartbeat, happiness becomes despair, and their lives change forever. When three-year-old Chloe falls ill and dies, Tom and Grace’s world is ripped apart. As their family of three becomes two, they must find a way to mend each other’s broken hearts… and save their marriage, if they can.
I knew from reading the blurb that this was going to be an emotional book and I’m not going to lie, it was. I cried most of the way through it. I don’t regret it though for one single minute.
Each chapter at the start gives the reader a brief bit of information about the illness that Chloe in the story dies from. Like most people, I’m sure we will have heard of it but doubt a lot of us know much about it. Especially the symptoms and what to look out for. The book in general gives a lot of food for thought. Mainly that none of us know just when our time is up and that we should make the most of each day as well as our loved ones.
When we meet Grace, Tom and Chloe, they are like the perfect little family. Grace and Tom are very much loved up and they absolutely adore their little girl. Chloe is just adorable. She is one loved little girl. I like how the author not only shows the devastation of how it effects the parents, but also the grandparents and other family members. It’s such a massive impact on them all and each of them struggles in their own way.
No parent wants to know what it is like to suffer with the pain of losing a child. We try our best to imagine but even then we know that without a doubt it will be one hundred times worse and more. You really get close though with how Grace deals with the loss of her daughter. My heart totally reached out to her.
Three-and-a-Half-Heartbeats is an emotional and heart breaking read. Yes you will need a box of tissues to get you through it, as well as wanting to grab and hold your kids, just so you can feel that closeness. The story is so much more though. It’s about relationships, friendships, strength, weaknesses, unity, even hope. A story and characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Three-and-a-Half-Heartbeats is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).