The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse

Book Description:

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes the moving story of a man whose life is changed in an instant. How do you start again when you lose the only love you’ve ever known?

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

And in the aftermath of tragedy, can Nick and his son find themselves again?

My Thoughts:

Amanda has yet again knocked it out of the park with her latest offering!

Right from the first few pages I was an emotional wreck with this story, I hadn’t expected to be hit so hard with the emotions that Nick was going through so early on. This story wasn’t all tears though, far from it. As Nick and his son Olly try to get on with their lives, the story takes a bitter sweet turn letting us see the highs and lows of life after the death of a loved one.

At the end of every chapter, we are taken back to Nick’s younger days when he lives at home in one particular summer. I absolutely adored these chapters. Seeing the bond between Nick and his dad as well as with his two best friends Eric and Alex. Eric in fact is very much the under dog in this story. He stole the show more than a few times and is a truly fabulous character.

Nick, I was routing for throughout the story. To lose your partner in life does not bare thinking about but of course it happens everyday to someone. This was a great insight into how not only someone deals with their own grief but the grief and pain that their partners family feels also. It certainly was a bit of an eye opener.

The Light in the Hallyway is a novel that I could never shut up about. I loved everything about it. The author writes in such a way that with every story and new set of characters, they steal a piece of your heart and you fully devote yourself to their story. This was so many things, death, loss, grief, moving on, bonds, relationships, friendships, it really did have it all. Nick definitely stole my heart and I cried tears of joy and sadness at the end. Perfect, just perfect.

My thanks to the author and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

The Light In The Hallway is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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