Author: Amanda Prowse
Performed by Amanda Prowse
Published: December 2018 byLake Union Publishing
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Audiobook, Book Review
Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.
Rae-Valentine met her best friend, Dolly, at their college induction day when they were both sixteen. Extrovert Dolly, with her loud voice, was the complete opposite of unassuming Rae, who wasn’t blessed with a high level of self confidence and felt eclipsed by her older sister.
As well as personalities, their lives were very different. Dolly’s family were the well to do owners of a successful and thriving restaurant business while Rae’s family lived in a small house and lived an ordinary, sedate life. All that changed for Rae when she was introduced to Dolly’s brother, Howard.
Twenty five years later Rae and Howard were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary when Howard made a devastating confession, causing Rae to begin to take stock of her life. She and Dolly went on what should have been Howard and Rae’s anniversary trip to Antigua. During Rae and Dolly’s heart to heart talks and reminiscences Rae realises that somewhere along the way her dreams of travelling and learning to be a chef had been suppressed and she had taken the path of least resistance after marriage and a family. Rae began to question not only her friendship with Dolly, who didn’t want Rae to upset the dynamics between them all, but also her marriage and her place in the family.
I loved the vivid descriptions of Antigua—the sights, beaches, food and drinks—sounds like paradise, even if Rae couldn’t fully enjoy what should have been her and Howard’s romantic getaway.
As her numbness began to fade and her limbs stopped trembling, she felt the oddest of sensations, as if someone had turned on a tap deep in her gut and all her hope, optimism, love and respect for the man had started to drain away, and it was happening quicker than she would ever have thought possible.