With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…

Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?

Stand Alone Title

Title:  The Idea of You
Series:  Stand Alone Title
Author:  Amanda Prowse
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Published:  March 21, 2017
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

The Idea of You is a powerful story that should be read by any woman, no matter her age or circumstances.  It’s also a story for the men in our lives, those who say they want to understand us better and truly mean it.  It’s a story for blended families, for couples who want children even if they themselves are no longer in the bloom of youth.  It’s a story that will touch hearts, open dialogue and perhaps make people think before they offer words of comfort or give sage advice of things they know nothing about.

It is quite simply a powerful story.  One that will make you feel and think, cry and chuckle, and wonder how you would face such challenges in your own life.

I believe The Idea of You is a story that needs to be read, then shared with friends and family.  I do not believe it’s one that a reviewer can or should tell you about in detail.  To know too much lessens the impact of this family’s struggles, pain and outcome.  What Jonah and Lucy face could easily happen to any of us readers, and already has for some.  The little letters simply broke my heart, for I have written a few of them myself.

If you are looking to take a realistic journey that will change how you view life, then this is a story for you.  I’d highly recommend this one.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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