To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse

5/5

Intro

Amanda Prowse has a wonderful way with words! This book swept me away to Cornwall and I could practically feel the salty spray on my face. 

Synopsis

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?

Review

OK, I’ll be honest at the beginning of this book, I thought Merrin was a little bit of a wet blanket. I wanted her to have a bit of a backbone and oomph about her. 

Even though I knew she ran away, I was so disappointed in her! I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her it would all be ok, that people will always gossip, but to hold your head up high and carry on. Amanda, though, knows what she’s doing and all I could do is go along for the ride. 

This book hit hard with the tragedy, for personal reasons, and I sobbed along with Merrin, Ruby, Bells and Heather. 

I couldn’t get enough of this book, and even though I was glad that Merrin got her happy ending in the end, I was sad to finish the book! I could imagine myself in Cornwall, walking the same streets with Merrin and her family. I’ll definitely be taking a trip there soon for sure! 

Amanda Prowse has written a beautiful, thought-provoking book about the wonders of family, love, loss and getting stronger as a person. 

By the end, Merrin was a strong, powerful woman who had come through the worst times, I was so proud of her! I adored this book, and will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Amanda. 

Thanks so much to Love Books Tours and Amanda Prowse for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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