Perfect Daughter Hardcover – 2 Jul 2015
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'No one writes contemporary family drama as well as Amanda Prowse' Daily Mail (2015 Books of the Year).
'Powerful and emotional family drama that packs a real punch' Heat.
'Current, emotional and entertaining' Northern Woman.
'Amanda Prowse has written about painful, hurtful, difficult real life in the most exquisite way ... Instead of being transported to a life and a world I have never experienced or indulging in unrealistic romances, I spent the days of my holiday reading a novel about real life and it left me feeling grateful' The Glass House Girls.
'A great read full of warm family atmosphere and lashings of trademark Prowse detail' Wendy Holden.
'A bit of a tearjerker, and I advise having some tissues on hand! I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to pick up another Amanda Prowse novel very soon' Brizzle Lass Books.
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels including the number 1 bestsellers What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband's Wife. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and she is published in dozens of languages.
Described by reviewers as 'the queen of family drama', Amanda's characters and stories are often inspired by real life issues. The research for her books has led to partnerships with ITV and Femail among others.
Amanda lives in Bristol with her husband and two sons. As her many twitter followers know, she almost never switches off. But when she does, she can be found drinking tea in her favourite armchair, scribbling ideas for her next book.
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It's a "nice" story but we all need nice in our lives from time to time and it makes a change to escape the killings I'm usually reading about !! Nice can be just dandy, too.
It should've been named Perfect Husband, I thought, as Pete was a true gem I reckon she had. However, she is thinking, in a Sliding Doors fashion, of what might've been......I suppose it's something we all consider from time to time, the one(s) that got away and how life would be different if they hadn't.....but would it be better ?? Jacks needs to work that out in this story. It all rings very true-to-life with real characters and I really liked it. There were even a couple of teary moments for me, both featuring Martha and her dad.
The only mistakes I spotted was where a fullstop was missed out just once, great written as gert (though it might've been a Bristolian thing) and going written as gong and I found it odd how she describes sparking a flint as opposed to using a lighter. I've never heard it described thus.
I'd definitely recommend this and I'm away to add another by her to my wishlist now.
This novel brings us Jacks Morgan caring for her family as she lives with dreams of what might have been, grief and a mother with advance dementia. Jack’s mundane daily life appears to be history repeating itself and that is something she is determined not to allow. Spread over three generations, I particularly enjoyed this book written in two time frames. Perfect Daughter is full of emotion and heartbreak but is also balanced with some humour, family loyalty and love. Amanda Prowse has the writing style that appeals to me and I have already got another one on my TBR pile.
Jacks dreams of a teenage lover and what might have been. She wants to relive her life through her daughter, distraught when the daughter has other plans. For the price it is a good enough read.
As for the story itself I found the first third 50/50 in terms of enjoyment. I liked the present day scenes but found the past scenes sometimes bordering on boring. However the following two thirds were wonderful throughout both past & present.
There were some extremely touching moments both sad & funny & you very much feel part of this family, reflecting on your own life of past issues & of those perhaps to come.
A few tears will escape you, but you'll be smiling even chuckling moments later with an off the cuff endearing funny. All part of family life.
This is my first Amanda Prowse novel & it won't be my last. And I would happily listen to her narration again.