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  • Writer's pictureLilac Mills

The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

About the Book

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.


Harrowing, compelling, heartbreaking, frightening and horrifying - these are the words that sprung to mind while reading this book. It was also an incredibly eye-opening read, which I devoured in one day. As a mother, I couldn't help but think about what I'd do faced with the same situation and how I'd react.

The writing itself is good, as you would expect from this author and the emotions portrayed in the

novel are captivating and very realistic. There is a slow, steady build up of tension correlating to the slow, steady break down of the individual family members and the dynamic of the family unit as a whole. The insertion of a countdown towards an end which isn't disclosed until the final few pages adds to the tension and the building sense of dread. Personally, I would have liked for the epilogue to have not been included as I think that would have made for a more powerful story, but I can fully appreciate why it was.

I think this should be compulsory reading for all parents, because we all think we know out children inside and out - but do we really??

About the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has had twenty one novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles 'What Have I Done?', 'Perfect Daughter', 'My Husband's Wife' and 'The Girl in the Corner' have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include 'A Mother's Story' which won the coveted Sainsbury's eBook of the year Award and 'Perfect Daughter' that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda's latest book 'The Coordinates of Loss' went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched. She has been described by the Daily Mail as 'The Queen of Family Drama.' Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5's 'The Jeremy Vine Show' and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Amanda's ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can't possibly read another book until the memory fades...

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