Today it is my stop on the blog tour for The Food of Love which is Amanda Prowse new release that everyone is currently talking about, I am thrilled to be sharing my review with you all today.
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.
Amanda Prowse is back with another poignant read that will pull at the heart strings and stay on your mind long after you finish reading it. The Food of Love is the first book I have read that explores Anorexia in such depth.
The storyline follows the Braithwaite family as they are thrown into a worldthey know nothing about when Anorexia rears its ugly head. When mum Freya receives a phone call from her daughters school because they are worried about Lexi’s weight Freya just assumes it is a blip that most teenagers go through but this couldn’t have been further from the truth. Freya and husband Lockie are powerless to deal with Lexi’s illness and before long it starts to impact sister Charlotte too.
We get to see how Anorexia effects not only the sufferer but also the impact it has on those close to them, putting them in an impossible position and having to make such heart-breaking decisions as parents who want to do whatever they can to protect their children but also wanting to give the children what they want but this isn’t always for the best.
I thought I had quite a lot of knowledge on this condition but the way the author delivers in such detail how Lexi actually felt about food was an eye-opener for me and it is heart breaking to think there are so many people in real life who are going through this thought process daily.
I found myself riding a tide of emotions whilst reading this book sometimes feeling really sorry for certain characters other times just pure frustration and at one point disbelief at Freya who I understand wanted to do all she could to as a mum to protect her little girl but some of her actions I couldn’t understand.
Amanda Prowse has obviously done a lot of in-depth research on Anorexia this clearly shines through in this book and it is a great thing that this book will raise awareness for an illness that is quite often misunderstood.