This post was written on my phone because sadly, my laptop is slowly dying! I’d hope that Father Christmas reads my blog and notices that I need a new one, is that ok Mr Christmas? If you notice anything weird, please let me know and I can amend accordingly.
So, onto the review…
About the book…
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
Buy the book: Amazon UK
I’m so happy to have received a signed copy of The Food of Love to read and review, thank you to Amanda for the opportunity.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Amanda’s, and given her previous novels are bloody fantastic, I knew I was in for great things. A repetitive sentence from some of my previous blog posts, but when you love the author as much as I do, it’s oh, so, true!
Amanda’s books always boost a difficult subject and The Food of Love is no exception. The Braithwaite family: Freya, Lockie, Charlotte and Lexi are happy, healthy and having fun – or so they thought! It comes to light that their youngest daughter Lexi is suffering from an eating disorder and The Food of Love is an honest account of how a strong and close family can deal with the difficult situation.
It’s no secret that Dad, Lockie, just can’t comprehend how his daughter can have a problem with food, whereas Freya just wants to take Lexi in her arms and comfort her. I will admit that Freya simply doesn’t understand that she is pandering to her needs, but I suppose as a Mother you just want your child to be happy. Charlotte, as a contrast, feels pushed out, she needs some love off her parent’s too, even though she is clearly supporting her sister.
The novel definitely highlighted just how hard it is for teenage girls to deal with body image, especially with society now implying that you need to be this weight and look a certain way. I do agree that we all need to be a little healthier, but sometimes it’s hard to find a happy balance, and that’s where Lexi struggled. She was exposed to a very structured meal plan based on her Mother’s job, so I think she may have subconsciously thought about what she was eating then!