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In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?
Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.
It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.
Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?
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Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know 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. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’.
Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles 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 Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
- ASIN : B08Y8L75S1
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (11 Jan. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 3530 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542024781
- Best Sellers Rank: 96 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2022
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Six years later, having set up a new life in Thornbury, Bristol she is faced with a family tragedy and has to return to her childhood home, it's not going to be easy, but she has no choice. Once she's back there with her family, she begins to question the life she once had, can she forget the past and return to the place she's always loved and misses immeasurably, only Merrin can make that decision but will she follow her head or her heart...?
To Love and Be Loved is the latest creation by the hugely talented Amanda Prowse, this author could write a shopping list and it would be a best seller! She creates her characters in such a way that you immediately feel you know them personally, almost like being part of the family, they are completely authentic, from the first page of every book I've read by her I've been totally invested in the story and this one is no exception. Merrin's story is one that I'm sure every girl who has ever been in love dreads and my heart broke for her many times during this book, it's a tale of love, loss, grief, sibling rivalry and fractured loyalty and I encountered so many different emotions whilst reading it. Amanda writes from the heart, about subjects that will resonate with every one of her readers in one way or another throughout their lives, and I recommend you read at least one of her books, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Wondering how things were going to progress
Chapter 4 something about to happen
This book is unputdownable I was totally gripped and absorbed the further and further I read - constantly wondering where it was leading
Then we come to chapter 10 but …..I have my doubts
Now chapter 11 I am very surprised
All sorts going on in Chapter 15 really has me wondering
Page 232 I have a sneaking suspicion - oh gosh I am right now what
How, how is Merrin going to cope with all that is going on
Chapter 25 I have a feeling - but I am wrong
Loved the way everything moved and changed
Loved the epilogue
By Nicky King on 13 January 2022
It’s obvious how much it hurts Merrin to not return home as her parents, sister and best friend are there. She is very much torn in wanting to see her loved ones but feeling unable to due the event that made her leave. I kept urging her in my head to return as not only did I want to return to the idyllic little village, I also loved the sense of family and community there.
The bond of family is very much strong throughout this book. Whilst all families have their ups and downs, the author reminds us the true meaning of family. It will certainly make you appreciate your family more as well as tell them how much you love them. It’s also about finding yourself and holding out for that something special.
To Love and Be Loved had me welling up so many times. Merrin, her family, it all felt so wonderfully comforting and homely. You could easily visualise the village and the family cottage and I never wanted to leave. There is a lot of heartache in this novel and it did have me reaching for many a tissue to wipe away my tears but as with all this author’s books, they also offer hope and are ultimately uplifting. A captivating and emotional read!
Slightly dissapointing the storyline needed polishing up,a lot of description about the countryside and her feelings which were long winded,making the progress slow.Characters needed more in depth work.
The novel itself centres around Merrin Kellow who is looking forward to her wedding day to Digby Mortimer. Without giving too much away, things don’t go quite to plan. Merrin is left to question her life in general and goes on a journey.
Her family support her, but her sister Ruby is often envious of Merrin and the childhood friendships she has with Jarvis and Belle. The sisters’ parents are proud of them both and want what is best for them.
Within this novel, there is love, trauma, disaster and tragedy and the reader is subjected to a barrage of emotions throughout.
I love the way the characters are written through the eyes of different characters which I always find is easier to follow when there are a number of key characters in a story.
The more she writes the better they get for me. The relationships feel so real, with the conversations and mannerisms she gives the characters, she must have lived a thousand lives!
I loved Ellen and her knowing manner and eventually Loretta, much to my own annoyance!
It ticked every box for me, highly recommended ❣️