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Summary

Jessica has just had the wedding of her dreams, and now she's setting up a new home with her lawyer husband, Matthew. Even better - they are expecting a child.

But as they paint the nursery and shop for the baby, Jessica keeps waiting for the excitement to kick in. Why isn't she transformed by maternal feelings? Where is the all-consuming love she's supposed to feel for her child?

©2015 Amanda Prowse (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Brilliant story

This story was sad funny and frustrating all at the same time. You could feel the mothers sadness at her lack of bonding with her baby when I
everyone else seemed to achieve it effortlessly. The twist in the tail was unexpected but welcome

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Heartbreaking but a great listen

If I’m honest I found Matt and Jessica’s romance sickly at the start but it only serves to juxtapose what happens later. I think this should be read by anyone whose thinking of having a baby. Not to scare them but to try and let them know that if they start to feel way off kilter after the birth of their baby, not to feel ashamed about saying how they feel and getting professional help for everyone’s sake. I think most if not all new mums struggle with the huge change in their life’s but jess really is very ill. The audio really brought the story to life for me. After listening to it I had to go and watch my baby girl sleeping and cherished her all the more. Thanks for shining a light on a topic that isn’t written about enough in fiction. Very happy the story ended with hope and love.

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Beautifully heartbreaking and brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's just a lovely listen, despite the sadness of the running theme

What other book might you compare A Mother's Story to, and why?

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What does Amanda Prowse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

there should be films dealing with this oh so thorny heartbreak...

Any additional comments?

I was all set for the outcome to be sadder, and it made my heart smile that I was wrong :)

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Absolutely loved this book.

Where does A Mother's Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In it's genre, very close to the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I felt as though the author had either experienced this, or had done very good research indeed. I felt her pain. Couldn't stop listening to it.

Which character – as performed by Amanda Prowse – was your favourite?

Jess. No doubt. Polly was also very refreshing too.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, but mostly made me think long and hard about the women who really do go through this. Yes, I shed tears, and as one point found it quite hard listening.

Any additional comments?

I heard the crack in the author/narrator's voice at a certain chapter point. I won't say, but she really gave the impression of pure emotion. Very though provoking. Made me realise that I had been fortunate indeed.

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  • Evelyn
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  • 06-05-17

Very moving

I enjoyed this book although the subject matter was enormously sad. I found it quite informative as I have not experienced post natal depression and know no one who has. I thought the husband was a saint but a bit obtuse until the situation unravelled and her parents might have intervened earlier but I realise that this may be a simplistic way of looking at the problem. I thought it was well written with good narration.

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Amazing story.

Post Natal Depression. This book gives true life insite into the hell some mothers have to go through. It is such an isolated journey...a must read.

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Breathtaking

As a mother is was quite hard to listen to but I'm so glad I did as I now have a much deeper understanding of post natal depression. Fantastic book, taking on the very much taboo subject with amazing compassion. I adored this book and ended it with tears streaming down my face.

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