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Summary

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate - and the sister - she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can't let herself be overwhelmed - her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman's loss and love.

©2017 Amanda Prowse (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Excellent

It was a beautiful story and as always it was narrated by Amanda herself which makes it as she has a lovely voice . I am buying all hurt books as she is one of the only authors I know who narrates her own work and it absolutely makes it come to life .

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List of life lesson

I had high hopes for this book and the first third maybe even half was good & interest. The rest of the book however, was just a list of life lessons to be learnt and take note of. It wasn’t really like listening to a book anymore, just lists that had been dragged out because the author wants you to learn a lesson, heed a warning and take notice of what’s good in life for you to cherish. It was just one after another after another. Also quite weird after a while to hear every word read in full. Always saying you are and never you’re, etc. Even posh people don’t speak like that all of the time. It just didn’t seem natural.

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Get a proper narrator!

I really wanted to listen to this book but the narrator (author) really put me off. I found the narration to be very annoying.

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Not great

I found it clumsily written somehow, predictable and saccharine. Narration was clear but clipped. Easy to follow, would be OK to listen to while travelling.

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A difficult subject, handled beautifully

A difficult subject handled beautifully.
Reminiscent of events in some of our own lives.
thanks Amanda

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Unrealistic story line

Although the premise is a good one of a life gone wrong, I do find it frustrating that is us so unrealistic that in this day and age a woman and 2 children are forced into a situation where they have no help. While Nina is admirable in looking for work there is no mention of her looking for financial support through the benefits system! Surely she would getting child allowance at least! Let alone widow‘s pension and job seekers allowance. Makes the story feel very distant from present day! And I’m sure she could have at least got bar work!

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Beautifully written and Narrated by Amanda Prowse

I just can not get enough of Amanda’s books at the minute. I just love everything about them.
The realistic storylines, the relatable characters, the in depth theme of the book, they are just the full package for me and never disappoint.
This book starts off with a massive blow for Nina and her boys and sees her having to rebuild her life with them, and yet again Amanda has captured the true feelings of what people must go through in situations like this. I felt ever bit of Nina’s emotions when it came to her boys, and the fact she was trying to do her absolute best for them. As a mother to a son, that really pulled at my heart strings.
Amanda just seems to hit the nail on the head whenever she covers real life situations and just really draws you into the lives of her characters.
She is just simply a beautiful writer.

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Excellent read

Fully enjoyed excellent read great story line.

Would highly recommend true to life struggles great writing style

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not quite my thing...

but maybe because I usually read and listen to crime- thriller books. I only decided to give it a go, as the audiobook was free, and I had to have something to listen.

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summer listening

A good summer holiday listen. Enjoyable and not too complicated to follow. Once the story gets its predictable but perhaps that reflects life!

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  • barbara
  • 27-11-19

The Art of Hiding

The more books I read/listen to by this author, the more I want to read them all. She has an uncanny knack of sucking you in and feeling all the emotions. Really loved this book and related to the emotions. To cry, laugh and everything else, thank you for a beautiful story. The narration was excellent.

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  • Vanessa Y
  • 31-10-19

I love this author

I love that she narrates her own books. I love her accent. She makes her books seem so realistic, that you feel as if you know the characters personally. I wish all of her books were read through Audible. Great book, really touching.

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  • vero
  • 22-05-19

Loved it

I never write a full review, but I just had to this time. This is such a beautiful story about courage and perseverance. I felt like I learned a lot about the value family and living in the moment. Highly recommend reading this book.

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