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Amanda Brooke
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12 Sep 2013

If you could write your own happy ending, what would you say?

This is the story of Emma’s life.

For three long years, she has battled with illness, enduring everything with bravery and always with hope. Then one day Emma is told that they’ve reached the end of the road. While her family and friends are thrown into denial, anger and grief, Emma suddenly realises that with so much left undone, she must find a way to live the life she has always dreamed of.

This is a story about happy endings.

So Emma begins to write the story of the life she has always wanted to live and something miraculous starts to happen. As her body starts to weaken, the lines between fiction and reality start to blur and her story takes on a life of its own. As the story gains in strength, Emma, and those who cherish her, discover that even in death, there is life.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000744592X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007445929
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Brooke is a single mum in her forties who lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter Jessica. It was only when her young son was diagnosed with cancer that Amanda began to develop her writing, recording her family's journey in a journal and through poetry. When Nathan died in 2006 at just three years old, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration not devastation. Her debut novel Yesterday's Sun was inspired by her experiences of motherhood and her understanding of how much a mother would be willing to sacrifice for the life of her child.

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‘Enchanting, moving and hard to put down’ Closer

‘Life affirming’ Sunday Mirror

Praise for Amanda Brooke:

‘A haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long after I’d finished’ Fern Britton

‘Magical and unputdownable’ Katie Fforde

‘An extraordinary debut novel’ Daily Express

About the Author

Amanda Brooke is a single mum in her forties who lives in Liverpool with her teenage daughter Jessica. It was only when her young son was diagnosed with cancer that Amanda began to develop her writing, recording her family’s journey in a journal and through poetry. When Nathan died in 2006 at just three years old, Amanda was determined that his legacy would be one of inspiration not devastation. Her debut novel Yesterday’s Sun was inspired by her experiences of motherhood and her understanding of how much a mother would be willing to sacrifice for the life of her child.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
29-year-old Emma is devastated when she receives the news that her brain tumour has returned in such a severe way that she likely only has a few months left to live. Being so young there are many things she still dreams of doing and achieving in her life, so she decides to write them all down in the form of a novel. As fictional Emma gets the job she's always wanted and the perfect man to share her life with, the lines between fact and fiction start to blur and some of the things Emma puts to paper start happening to her in real life...

When a novel opens with the horrible news that the main character will likely not make it till the end you know you're in for a heartbreaking story. As expected this is an utter tearjerker throughout, and the last few chapters in particular were read by me with a heavy lump in my throat (I tried to hold it together as I desperately wanted to finish the story and I also did not want to weep all over my beautiful copy of the novel).

But this isn't just a very sad story about the final months in Emma's life and all the things she is missing out on. It's also one of hope and accomplishment as despite the terrible disease weakening Emma's body, making it extremely difficult for her to do the things she still wants to experience, she is a very strong and determined person and she manages to do it all at least to some extend. It makes you realise that if she can do this despite all the obstacles in her way then (almost) anything is possible.

The characters surrounding Emma were equally inspirational. Her mother at times is suffocating and overprotective, but the reader can sympathise with the character and completely understand why she's acting this way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very emotional and moving...wow 11 Sep 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm going to make a confession: I was unsure initially whether I wanted to read this book. It wasn't that I didn't like the sound of the book or wasn't interested, but more that it hit a particular personal note with me. Like the main character in the story, I too have a brain tumour, and since I was three years old have had to live the best I can with the damage and effects that it has had on me. And I was nervous with this story, that I would dissolve into a mess of tears or that it would be too much for me. But I was intrigued and so I started reading...and I was so glad I did. Wow - I was really blown away by what I read!

Emma has been battling a brain tumor and is hopeful that finally she may get the all-clear, but instead her world is torn apart as the doctors tell her that there is nothing more that they can do. As Emma realises there is so much that she will never be able to do, she decides that instead she will write a story in which she achieves all of her dreams...

I LOVED this story. From the first moment I liked Emma as a character. I in particular could identify with her, I knew how she was feeling as she sat in the corridoor waiting to go in to see the consultant for the results, I knew the anxiety and fear she felt. And although I knew she didn't get the results she wanted, I poured my heart into the story whilst I was reading and I was inspired by the constant bravery and courage that she showed. Emma is such a strong character and I very much admired her determination.

The other characters were very-well written, especially Emma's mum Meg. A illness such as this affects not only the individual but also the friends and family of that person, and it was heartbreaking to read about Meg as she tried to deal with and come to terms with it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had me captured from the first chapter. The main character Emma has been battling a brain tumour and now she is told there is no more they can do for her. Her family are understandably distraught, but Emma is determined, determined to live her life until the end by writing a book about her dream life.

Emma is an inspirational and strong character, I loved her from start to finish and as we watched her on her journey it soon became difficult to remember she was a fictional character as she felt so real. The emotions of both Emma and her loved ones were portrayed so well which made the book even more moving and it felt like we were saying goodbye to a loved one.

I found this book hard to put down, in fact if I didn't have to go into work over the weekend I would have carried on reading and would easily have finished this book in one sitting.
The book really makes you put things into perspective and I am sure this book will pull on every readers heartstrings. I had a lump in my throat whilst reading parts of this book. It was very delicately written and I I will definitely be recommending this beautiful read.

A moving, heartfelt read that will have you captured from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jinty
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After reading Amanda Brooke's debut Novel, `Yesterday's Sun' - and it becoming an all-time favourite book of mine, I just knew I had to read her second literary offering `Another Way To Fall'. I wasn't disappointed! Amanda has a way of writing which is almost mystical - a beautiful blend of mixing the reality of life with the day-dreams of how we'd like our life's to be.

At the start of `Another Way To Fall' we quickly discover that the main character, Emma - is unlikely to survive when her brain tumour recurs after a remission. Emma is a beautiful, thoughtful young woman in her late twenties - who grieves for her years lost to Cancer, how it affected her life and how it will rob her of her future. She decides to write a Novel about how she would have liked her life to be. As the story progresses - the lines between her reality and fiction begin to merge - due to co-incidence and the progression of her illness and the partial seizures she experiences - which give way, to her sub-conscious desires.

Emma's character and that of her mother Meg, sister Louise, boyfriend Ben and friends Ally & Gina are so beautifully written that we care deeply for them all, can visualize them and empathize with their pain.

I can't recommend this book enough. Although it tells the tale of somebodies gradual decline and losing fight against Cancer - the fluidic writing of Amanda and its simple complexities do bring about some comfort and hope - even from the most dire of life's tragedies. It raises question for us all - not just people facing terminal illness - in how we'd like our life to be if we could change our future and our fate.

This is a clever book in how it touches the soul. I read it at night - and during the day I'd think of Emma, Ben and Meg.
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Published 1 month ago by Keith Egglenton
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read if you bypass the spelling mistakes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another way to fall.
A fairly slow start, but an incredible middle and ending. Very very emotional, inspiring and thought provoking.
Definitely worth reading.
Published 4 months ago by Rosalind Stringer
4.0 out of 5 stars this book should come with a box of tissues!
Real choke-you-up emotional page turner that makes you sit up and take note of the important people in your life
Published 4 months ago by Shenaaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
What a great read, Fantastic from start to finish. will look out for more books of from Amanda Brooke most defanate
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I orginially purchased this book after reading some good reviews and reading a sample. I was disappointed however, that what could have been a great book, with a very sensitive... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mrs summer
5.0 out of 5 stars most amazing book i have ever read
Wow what can I say. This book was absolutely amazing, it had a magical feel to it too. I have never read a book like this before , full of inspiration. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ms. C. Sabin
3.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking story
Very interesting book, if slightly depressing. Preferred the authors first book as it had a happier ending, and more unusual.
Published 10 months ago by Anita dursley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another way to fall
Read this book while on holiday ,was so hard to put down,brilliant read just like Amanda's other books,looking forward to her next one next year.
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The back cover of this book really caught my intention and I really thought this book would have me sobbing my heart out into the early hours of the morning. Read more
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