The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

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Lucy Carpenter and her husband, Jonah, are happily married and planning to have a baby. When she becomes pregnant, Lucy spends her evenings knitting baby clothes. She has a pregnancy book she reads to discover how her baby is developing week by week, and imagines how happy their lives will be once their baby is born.  Her heart is broken when she has an miscarriage, but they are determined to try again. Sorrow strikes a second time when she has another miscarriage. As Lucy struggles to deal with the pain of her losses, she must also adjust to the arrival of her teenaged step-daughter, Camille. Lucy hopes to build a relationship with her, but instead finds herself feeling like an outsider in her home. Envious of the relationship Jonah has with his daughter and fearful that she will never be able to have the baby she desperately longs for, Lucy begins to resent Camille’s presence. The rocky relationship she has with Camille causes a rift to form between Lucy and Jonah, and Lucy is less than thrilled when Camille announces she’s staying. A shocking turn of events brings about a situation that will either bring them together, finally, as a family… or tear them apart.

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My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse

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This is the first novel of Amanda Prowse’s I’ve ever read, but I guarantee you it won’t be the last. My Husband’s Wife is the very definition of a page-turner: once I started, I didn’t want to put it down.  I was consumed with the need to read as much as possible, only stopping when my Kindle powered down, or when I was so tired I couldn’t keep my eyes open for one more second. I’m no stranger to getting caught up in a story, but I can honestly say it was the first time in many, many years that I fell asleep with a book (or rather, Kindle) slipping out of my hand. But who needs plenty of sleep when you’re in the middle of reading such a fantastic story?

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