The Light in the Hallway by @MrsAmandaProwse ~ A moving story of starting over #ContemporaryFiction #FridayReads #BookReview

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: November 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Category: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Book Review

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When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

The Light in the Hallway begins by giving the reader a glimpse of ten year old Nick and his two best friends, Alex and Eric, before returning to the present where Nick’s wife, Kerry, is terminally ill. He is trying to persuade their son, Oliver, to go to the hospice with him for what would be the last time.

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Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats by @MrsAmandaProwse ~ Family #Drama Contemporary #Fiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: September 2015 by Head of Zeus

Category: Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction, Loss, Grief, Book Review

Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.

This is much more than just a story of a family devastated by loss, it’s a wake up call about a common and potentially life threatening disease. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Sepsis Trust.

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Coping With Loss ~ One Man’s Story

There’s no right or wrong way to cope with the loss of a loved one and dealing with intense emotions of grief, anger, regret, and much more, is a frightening, painfully sad and sometimes isolating experience. So when I received an email from Martin Gijzemijter, parts of which, with his permission, I’ll post here, asking me to share his story, I was happy to do so.

Over to Martin….

‘Dinner with God is a novel I wrote for my father to help him cope with the loss of my mother. When my mother died in 2004, the hardest thing – in addition to losing her of course – was having to see my father go through all of this alone. Because you can comfort people who have lost their spouse, but nothing can compensate for their best friend. The only one who can truly comfort them, is the one they lost. I felt so powerless. There was nothing I could do, I mean, I couldn’t bring her back. Or could I? And that is when the idea for Dinner with God was born. It started with a letter, then turned into a story, and eventually into a novel.

In Dinner with God, I send my father on one last adventure with my mother, to give them the opportunity to say goodbye the way life didn’t allow them to, in doing so, trying to show my father that he still has things to live for, to be grateful for.

My main goal with this entire project, is to share my father’s story. It has given him so much strength and comfort, that – together – we decided that we needed to share it with the world, in hopes that it would give others strength as well.’

This expresses perfectly, and much better than I could, the emotion and compassion underlying Martin’s project. If you would like to find out more, and read some of Martin’s novel, please visit  http://www.dinnerwithgod.com