From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.
When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.
In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.
Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?
I literally devoured this book in one day. Rachel’s story had me in tears, from beginning to end.
The author has a skill of the characters emotions flowing off the pages into the reader. The grief that the characters feel felt so raw and at times I thought my chest was going to burst with all the emotions I was feeling. Whilst I know that no one can truly understand that loss until it’s happened to them, I think with this book it comes a close second.
I had a box of tissues, well a roll of toilet paper, next to me throughout and kept having to have a break to control my feelings while wiping away the tears. It wasn’t just from the loss of Oscar but the break down of Rachel’s and James’ marriage. It was sad to see a couple who were experiencing the exact same things not be able to help each other.
Cee-Cee is a very special character and I loved her letters to Rachel. Her own past was so intriguing and I found it so endearing whilst getting to know her better. There are actually a few characters who stood out even though they only have a small role in the story like Rachel’s dad. They all just make this story even more heart warming.
The Coordinates Of Loss is a breath taking read of love, loss and relationships. It is a tough read in parts due to the nature of the story but I don’t regret one single tear. Whilst in parts it is sad, I found it also to be uplifting. A definite tear jerker which is high praise to the author that she can get such a reaction from her reader.
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