Wednesday, 12 August 2015

BOOKS // A MOTHER'S STORY


A Mother's Story by Amanda Prowse

Last week, my cousin asked me to read this book for her, to find out what happens so she could decide on whether to read it or not, and I'm so glad I said yes because I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down, and when I did, I was thinking about reading it. It's the perfect summer read!

It's starts by introducing a young couple, Jessica and Matthew, who are the perfect, beautiful, smitten couple. Their wedding is perfect, they have the perfect friends and parents, perfect house and Matthew has a great career. Soon after their wedding, Jess falls pregnant with their first baby, a baby girl named Lilly. Matt is absolutely in love with his little girl, as are both sets of Grandparents, but Jess just can't seem to connect with her daughter.

After a difficult few months following on from her daughters birth, it's revealed that Jess has a severe form of postnatal depression. The book follows her life with the mental illness throughout the entire book, with a short diary entry at the end of each chapter. At the beginning of the book, it sounds like Jess is writing from a prison cell, but it's not until the very end that you fully understand where Jess is writing from and why.

Honestly, this book is brilliant. It's possibly the first time ever, that I've felt anxious whilst reading a book.  It's so powerful, emotional and heartbreaking, so if you don't read it, you're missing out on a great story!
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