The Art of Hiding

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina’s life of luxury quickly disappears and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this tale of one woman’s loss and love.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading Prowse before in The Idea of You which was a wonderful book so when the opportunity to read her again came up I of course jumped at it; she did not disappoint. One of the things I love about her books is she writes the kind of thing you want to copy quotes out of to post on social media or write on post its to stick on your mirrors just because her prose is so beautiful.

Prowse has written yet another beautifully rendered view of the challenges so many face and how to overcome them with hope to not just survive but find strength and confidence to live your life to the fullest. She has created this endearing woman who faces some of life’s greatest hardships and setbacks only to take them on with poise. Having a sister myself I really took to the relationship she developed here and it made me walk down my own memory lane thanks to way her words seem to become their own life force.

One of the key elements Prowse teaches is how yes money is important to survival but it is NOT a guarantee of happiness which is something that often gets lost in today’s modern culture where the daily goal seems to be focused on getting rich as quickly as possible.

I have a feeling this is going to become one of my go to books when I feel like life is starting to beat me down a bit so I can remember how to find that inner strength to face the challenges with my head held high.

Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to review this book.

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