On holiday, I tend to read a multitude of genres. This happened to be a particular choice one sunny day, as I lounged by the pool. Oh, how I wish I could go back. This book is not the usual book I would pick up, but after reading so many good reviews, I decided to give it a shot.
Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.
She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.
But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?
The cover for this book was really intriguing when I first came across it. I was interested to know what this woman's story was. Is she sad? What are those boxes? The blurb pulled me in even further and I am very glad I decided to pick this book up and delve in.
We start the story off by meeting Rosie, who is a happy woman living with her husband and two young daughters. She's content in knowing her husband loves her and her children are happy, even if they might cause a little chaos sometimes, along with her job which is just right for her.
The story is set in North Devon. The descriptions within this novel really allow you to visualise the places mentioned, especially if you have visited the area. Rosie has a specific bench that she likes to sit on and think about her life. A life which until her husband turns around and leaves her, she thought was perfect.
Amanda Prowse's writing really pulls you into Rosie's situation and you feel the heartbreak and loss she feels through every turn of the page. You will feel as outraged and teary as she does. I even shed a little tear at one section. Plus, there are a few characters which make like harder than it needs to be for Rosie, even those she thought she could count on.
Overall, this story is an emotional rollercoaster that I devoured in a few hours by the pool because I just needed to know more. I am happy to award this novel 5/5 stars.