From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?
1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame—and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.
2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss—the hope, the trust, the joy—Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.
Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?
Amanda Prowse is one of my go-to authors who I can always guarantee will provide me with a compelling story, and Waiting To Begin certainly went above and beyond all of my expectations!.
The story is told via a dual timeline, something that I absolutely love, especially when it is done so seamlessly like what we find within this book. Both timelines are told by Bessie, our protagonist in this story, jumping from her teenage years in 1984 to her life in the present day in the year 2021.
As a sixteen year old girl, Bessie was living life to the full and happy with how her life was panning out before her, with her boyfriend, a best friend and her family around her, everything seemed perfect. However that soon changed when some of her rather unwise life choices upend the perfect life she believed she had.
Bessie has kept the secrets from her youth hidden for all these years, and now – in her fifties, those secrets threaten to destroy the life she has built for herself and the relationships she has formed around her. Bessie finds herself questioning whether she can really keep these secrets hidden, and if they come to the surface, will she be forgiven?.
This is one of those books i truly struggled to put down. Amanda Prowse has such a unique way with words that really draws you in to the world in which she has created, and allows the characters within it to nestle their way in to your heart. Each of the characters are well fleshed out and have their own complex personalities and life experiences to share along the way. I loved how the story alternated between past and present, and the effects decisions made in her youth had in her future was fascinating. Another absolute page turner that I will eagerly be telling others to read!.
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About the Author
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty seven novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Praise for Amanda Prowse:
‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Amanda Prowse for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*