The Coordinates of Loss

The Coordinates of LossThe Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse
Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 25th 2018
Pages: 330
ISBN: 1503904954
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Rachel Croft wakes up on the family boat, one beautiful morning in Bermuda. The sun is shining, and she is happy to start her day. Happy, until she notices that her son, Oscar is not in his bed. After she searches around the boat for him, her concern turns into every parent’s worst nightmare. While she and her husband, James, frantically search their boat, it become evident that Oscar is not on board.

An investigation quickly takes place and in the days that follow, it becomes clear that Oscar is gone, and he will not be coming back. Grief is a tricky thing. Two parents suffer the same loss but will grieve their loss differently. While one parent may not be able to get out of bed, another may throw himself/herself into work commitments. One parent may lose their appetite, one may still be able to eat. Feelings of guilt blame and doubt can emerge. Grief is not a competition, but it is understandable how one parent would think the other is not grieving as much as the other. One may think “I can’t get out of bed, I can’t stop crying, I can’t function at all, and my spouse is walking around, showering and walking the dog. He/she must not be as devastated as I am” I read that approximately 80% of marriages do not survive the death of a child. In this book, James wants he and Rachel to face their loss together, while she thinks everything they had is over and wants to be alone.

Boy what a sad book. Cee-Cee works as a housekeeper for James and Rachel and she lost a child years ago. She knows all too well, what they are going through. She writes beautiful and heartfelt letters to Rachel and helps her to come to terms with her loss.

Every parent’s worse nightmare has come true in this book. It was very easy to feel for all the adult characters in this book: James, Rachel, Cee-Cee. All lost a child. If you are a parent and have ever lost sight of your child even briefly, then you know that intense sharp feeling of dread that instantly hits you. Imagine that dread not going away until it evolves into something else. Read this book with some tissues nearby. This one pulls at the heartstrings and then some. Wonderfully written, captivating emotional read.

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this email in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.


The Art of Hiding

The Art of HidingThe Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 290
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3.5 stars

What do you do when you find out the life you thought you had was a lie?

Great premise for a book, right? Nina McCarrick lives a life of privilege. She has a beautiful home, two sons in a private school and a successful husbands. Or so she thinks….until the unimaginable happens.

Nina’s husband dies in a car accident – no spoilers here. Not only is she dealing with her grief and the grief of her son’s but she quickly learns that she is about to lose everything. Her husband was in charge of their finances and he kept A LOT from her. She never knew just how bad things were with his business. Not until she receives a call from her son’s school that tuition is late and is due NOW. The dominoes quickly fall as she learns just how much in debt the family is. Her home and all of her possessions are taken from her and she is left to return to the one place she never hoped to see again.

Her husband never wanted her to have a career but Nina has to work and she sets about making a life for her and her children. Her sister Twiggy lends a hand and thus begins the families journey of starting over, second chances, resiliency, and hope. There are bumps along the way but Nina and her sons all grow stronger and find the courage to move on. The saying “Money can’t buy happiness” comes into mind while reading this book.

This book also should serve as a reminder to always know your finances!!!! Always believe in yourself and your abilities. This book has several themes: loss, secrets, second chances, family and hope. I like how the family rallied and how Nina let Twiggy back into her life and allowed her to help her when she and her son’s needed it the most.

I will admit that I initially had a hard time getting into this book and it took me some time to finish reading. That is not to say that this is a bad book, it just failed to grab me right away but I did end up enjoying it. I found it convenient that when the family was about to lose everything that the husband had a car accident. Was this on purpose…or just a way to move the plot? Nevertheless, this is a light read even though there is a death and deceit in this book.

I received a copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.