#BookReview - The Food of Love by @MrsAmandaProwse

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The Food of Love Amanda Prowse book review



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.


The Food of Love Amanda Prowse book review

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Review:


I've just turned the last page on The Food of Love and my word what box of feels that was.

I can't even begin to describe how this book messed with my emotions. I went from being worried, to slightly less worried, to utterly devastated and then relieved!

Amanda Prowse's writing is so authentic you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a work  of non-fiction, that the Braithwaites are a real family that you've been dropped in to the middle of. This book is a testament to the amount of research she must have done while writing The Food of Love.

She is never one to shy away from hard hitting topics and this book is no different. I became totally engrossed in Freya's story as she watched her daughter disappear while in the grips of anorexia and bulimia. 

In between chapters there is a countdown which gives a deep sense of foreboding as we don't know exactly what it is the countdown is leading to. I raced along the pages, really hoping Lexi would be OK, that she would fight her demons. This book kept me up late for more than a night or two. I just couldn't put it down!

I thought Freya would be the character I sided with but that wasn't the case. Even though she admitted that her past behaviors of commenting on her child's eating behaviors and body shaming others in front of her may not have helped, I still wanted to shake her when she couldn't see how serious Lexi's problems were. I wanted to stand with her husband Lockie and just shake her and tell her to wake up!

With The Food of Love, Amanda has truly outdone herself. It's an emotional story but one you won't want to put down. 

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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