(Review) The Idea of You

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Pages: 332 (kindle)
Genre: Women's Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis: With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?

My Review:
For what this story ended up being, it was good. Lucy and Jonah want a baby, but they're both, well, older. Lucy and Jonah have kind of a whirlwind romance and are married soon after the meet. Lucy is recovering from a breakup and Jonah has been divorced, so this is it for them. 

When Lucy gets pregnant they are beyond excited...until she miscarries early on in the pregnancy. The majority of the first half of the book is Lucy and Jonah dealing with this loss and not telling anyone close to them about the pregnancy or the loss of it. 

In the midst of this, Jonah's teenage daughter comes to live with them and causes a lot of different types of emotions. She's a teenager, obviously, and she and Lucy are at odds most of the time. Lucy is pretty much on a constant rollercoaster of emotions throughout the entire story, from being pregnant and miscarrying not once, but three (three!) times. 

I did like this story for what it was: a story about loss and accepting the life you've been given. The characters are good and most of them make a lot of growth throughout the book. Camille's change was, by far, my favorite. 

We do learn a lot about Lucy by the end of the book. Some of the chapters are letters that she's written, but you don't find out who the letters are to (unless you infer) until the end. 

The ending was a little too tidy for me, as far as some of the characters showing up. (Camille's mother, for example. Ugh.)

Ultimately this was a good story. A little too much drama for me, but I do enjoy character growth and a happy ending. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC

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