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The Coordinates of Loss

Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again - but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

©2018 Amanda Prowse. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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extremely sad

if you have lost a child, this book is very depressing and not a good book if you already suffer with depression.

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Be prepared

This book is incredibly deep in looking at the emotions of tragedy, the way it shows the perspectives of each individual involved. I found myself unable to stop listening to it but it has left its mark on me, I still think about it months later. I really experienced the loss too, the sadness sits with me. This shows a very able writer to touch people so deeply, but consider your vulnerability before reading this and it's definitely not one to read when you are on holiday.

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Went on and on

Too sentimental and wal!owing in misery for me. I like an inspirational !ife and this had none of that. I guess if you have lost a child it would be good to read that you are not alone.

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enjoyable easy listening holiday read .

A family story with all the usual mix of relationships. daily forgettable but an enjoyable rambling tale of family life with it's ups and downs.

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Beautiful

I personally enjoyed this book. Very sad a bit funny. You really have to appreciate what you have x

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Moving story

A very moving story. Narrated lovely. Worth listening to. I can't even imagine such sorrow.

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Very well written book with lots of emotion

I found the story really good. I could understand the feelings of the characters. A great read!

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Loved it

Loved it but a very sad story. Well worth a read. Great narration from Amanda Prowse.

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Disappointing

This book was recommended to me by Amazon saying ‘if I liked Jodi Picoult I would like this’. Picoult’s books have great plots, three dimensional characters and they always challenge your views on a particular subject. This book is a relentless account of one woman’s grief and I only listened as I assumed because of the Picoult reference there would be an interesting twist, but no. The narration lacked characterisation as all ‘parts’ were read in the same voice and tone.

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  • Wendy
  • 31-05-20

Too sad for me

This book is just so sad I could not finish it. The narration is good.

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  • tim timmons
  • 05-12-19

great book

I see from the reviews that a lot of people didn't like this book because they thought it was depressing. But for anybody that has suffered a devastating loss this is a wonderful book to read. it is beautifully written and well performed.

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  • Victoria
  • 05-10-19

Thought provoking

I love all of Amanda Prowse’s books, she spins an excellent story every time. These are the types of audiobooks I cannot stop listening to, and Ms. Prowse in an excellent narrator too! What a plus.
I find myself making comments and shaking my head in understanding all the time because the issues these characters face are so very real and I get caught up in their grief, loss, love etc.
I find myself sympathizing with them because some of the subject matter hits home.
Definitely need tissues near. Highly recommend!

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  • barbara
  • 09-08-19

The Coordinates of Loss

A beautiful sad story, showing the meaninigness of loss, guilt, love etc. A book everyone should read and try learn from. The narration was excellent.

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  • KW
  • 11-11-18

Heartfelt story about losing a child

In the early part of this book, I was annoyed by the MC, Rachel. Her sadness was overwhelming and I felt she wasn’t fair to her husband. However, considering what she had been through, I couldn’t blame her. I can’t even imagine her sorrow.

As the story progressed and you saw her struggle with her grief, I started to understand her better and really feel for her. I even became defensive of her when certain people said things that were insensitive or hurtful. I wanted to help her through her misery. I wanted her to find her way back.

Cee Cee’s story is equally compelling. Throughout the book there are letters that Cee Cee writes to Rachel that tell her story. She is writing these letters in an effort to help Rachel through her grief, as parts of her life parallel Rachel’s. I don’t typically enjoy stories written in letter format, but these letters were able to draw me in and I wanted to know more.

I really enjoyed Cee Cee as a character and feel that her sections in the story were needed to temper the sadness of the rest of the book. Her story isn’t a happy one, but it has a different feel to it. Cee Cee’s story felt like she was making herself feel better by telling it, sort of her way of finally releasing her sadness. Rachel’s parts felt much more like she was drowning in her sorrow and struggling to find a way back. I think without Cee Cee’s letters, much of this story would have been difficult to read.

I’m so glad I decided to read this book. It was just excellent. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Prowse’s future work.

#Heartbreaking #ContemporaryFiction #FemaleProtagonist #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Melanie C
  • 16-10-18

Deeply emotional!

Amanda Prowse always delivers such incredibly emotional stories. She makes you feel with intensity and her writing is filled with passion. There were so many heart-wrenching moments in The Coordinates of Loss. You could feel the depth of pain from each character. My heart broke for both Rachel & James. There were moments of hurt and anger toward Rachel and some of her decisions. I was hopeful for an ending of peace, love, and togetherness. I enjoyed Cee-Cee and everything she brought to the story. Her friendship and love gave so much added love to their family and was instrumental in Rachel and James’ healing.

The audio is amazing. I love that the author narrates her own story. You can feel all of the emotion poured out into the story.

A heartfelt story about the hardships of loss and the process of grieving and healing.

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  • Sharey
  • 19-06-19

Yes and No. 3.75 Stars

Amanda is a rare talent in both insightful writing and perfect narration of her own books. Amanda does however have flaws: awkward repetitions of text and a concentration on feelings (also repetitive) at the cost of taking hold of the storytelling and providing interesting events other than her original premise. With tighter writing and more punctuations of action, Prowse could really excel.