The Girl In The Corner by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse

Book Description:

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, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.

Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?

When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.

My Thoughts:

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 she is a lot of fun, her judgement is very clouded with Howard being her brother and she certainly doesn’t have Rae’s best interests to heart.

Rae like most of us has hopes and dreams. Again like most of us, they have been put on the burner whilst motherhood and being a wife has come first. I so wanted her to find the courage to put herself first for once. It makes you realise how much we take our loved ones for granted and I felt so frustrated on Rae’s behalf.

The Girl In The Corner is a story of relationships within the immediate and extended family and how these can be affected by family dramas. It filled me with an array of emotions at what Rae was having to deal with and I wanted to give her a big hug. I love how the author keeps her stories very real and I certainly wasn’t expecting how the story ended. A heartfelt and gentle read that offers a glimpse of hope.

The Girl In The Corner is available to purchase from Amazon.

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