Title: The Coordinates of Loss
Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Page Count: 330
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.
When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.
In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.
Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?
Warning: Before ever picking up a copy of The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse it’s probably best to pick up a nice full box of tissues.
Rachel and James Croft had a loving marriage and along with their seven year old son Oscar the perfect family. Living in Bermuda and surrounded by water James had convinced Rachel to get a boat for the family and while packed up for the weekend tragedy strikes. Rachel wakes up on the boat and Oscar is no where to be found.
As the hours, days, weeks and months go by Rachel battles her grief and shuts herself off from her husband, friends and family. With no answers as to what happened that night while they were sleeping Rachel struggles with letting go and accepting Oscar is gone. It’s only through the words of understanding from their housekeeper Cee-Cee that Rachel finally begins to heal.
One thing I’ve learned when picking up a book from Amanda Prowse is that the story will be full of emotion and this was no exception. Obviously there is no “right” way to deal with a loss in one’s life but the author gave us an exceptional view into this couple and their heartache and grief as they struggled to navigate through the ocean of despair.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author nineteen novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio, but her first love is, and will always be, writing.