The Girl in the Corner

The Girl in the Corner

Amanda Prowse / Jun 25, 2019

The Girl in the Corner From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family But will they be there for her Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood swee

  • Title: The Girl in the Corner
  • Author: Amanda Prowse
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  • From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family But will they be there for her

    Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, How

    From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family But will they be there for her

    Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.

    Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven t in years But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one sided friendships Is she really the pushover everyone else sees

    When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.

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Shelves signed, tbc, kept book I have heard such great things about bestselling author Amanda Prowse that I m a little embarrassed to say I have never read any of her books, even though I do own a couple of her latest ones The Girl in the Corner was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable love story with wonderful characters that really came to life The story delves into the troubled waters of when the trust is broken between a loving husband and wife of twenty five years Rae Valentine s husband confesses on their silver I have heard such great things about bestselling author Amanda Prowse that I m a little embarrassed to say I have never read any of her books, even though I do own a couple of her latest ones The Girl in the Corner was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable love story with wonderful characters that really came to life The story delves into the troubled waters of when the trust is broken between a loving husband and wife of twenty five years Rae Valentine s husband confesses on their silver anniversary to a two week drunken fling with a young waitress at one of the family s restaurants Feeling her whole world has just instantly crumbled and everything she thought was solid and dependable, Rae begins to question what she gave up on when she married Howard, the brother of her best friend Dolly, who she has known since she was sixteen Going on the anniversary holiday alone with Dolly to Antigua, the women spend time reminiscing about their youth and talking about family life, all the while trying to avoid taking sides regarding the situation that has blown Rae Valentine s normal life out of the water When she befriends the young local Portuguese waiter Antonio, she truly begins to reflect on what could have been if she had followed her own desires instead of marrying so young and even pursued her dream of being a chef As the story continues we are taken on a journey of divided loyalties, friendship, love and loss and is a fabulously written emotional rollercoaster I related a lot to the young Rae Valentine when she was sixteen her naivety, shyness and her sedate parents and I loved how we were introduced to her and the wild and full of life Dolly as they met at a typing college This set the scene perfectly for the two women and how they became sisters in law yet still stayed best friends All of the characters were vividly portrayed, from Rae and Dolly, to the refreshing Portuguese waiter and even Debbie Jo, Rae s sister who always seemed to be in Rae s shadow once Rae married into the well off restaurant owned family.I would without doubt happily recommend this book if you like contemporary romance fiction, Amanda is a very talented writer who conveys her stories from the heart and I will most certainly be reading by her in the future.4 stars flag 63 likesLike see review View all 32 comments Dec 11, 2018 Debra rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Rae Valentine met her husband through her best friend, Dolly Dolly knew that her best friend and her brother would hit it off, and she was right Rae and her husband have been married for twenty five years and have two children together After anniversary party, Howard drops a bombshell on Rae His shocking betrayal leaves Rae reeling She is shocked, hurt, angry and sad Shocked and heartbroken, Rae looks back on not only her marriage but the things she gave up when she got married at the age Rae Valentine met her husband through her best friend, Dolly Dolly knew that her best friend and her brother would hit it off, and she was right Rae and her husband have been married for twenty five years and have two children together After anniversary party, Howard drops a bombshell on Rae His shocking betrayal leaves Rae reeling She is shocked, hurt, angry and sad Shocked and heartbroken, Rae looks back on not only her marriage but the things she gave up when she got married at the age of eighteen Needing some time apart to think, Rae goes on the trip to Antigua, not with Hoard as planned but with his sister and her best friend, Dolly The two friend s reminiscence and talk about their lives Dolly can see that Rae is troubled and eventually the truth comes out This was a very fast captivating read that gripped me right away Prowse knows how to grab the heartstrings and she does so in this case I immediately felt for Rae and her situation I was invested in learning what decisions choices she would make This is a book that while I was reading, I also wondered what I would do in that situation What choices would I make I appreciated that Prowse had Rae taking the time to think I also found the conversations between Rae and Dolly to be realistic There is shock, anger and hurt there as well Rae needs the support of her best friend A best friend who is the sister of the man who hurt her Dolly is put in a situation to want to support her best friend while at the same time root for her brother This made for some sticky and emotion filled exchanges How will this affect their friendship This was a well written book about love, loss, friendship, family and following your dreams A fast read that evokes emotion and left me questioning what I would do I thought I knew how this book was going to end and I was wrong Another book where I can say that I did not see that coming Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinion expressed in this review are my own flag 48 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 17, 2018 Carrie rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is a contemporary read that in typical Amanda Prowse fashion has a roller coaster of emotion oozing from the pages There s ups, there s downs, with plenty of family drama to go around.When Rae Valentine was sixteen she met her lifelong best friend Dolly when the two ended up partnering up The two girls couldn t have been any different from one another but that was exactly what drew them together when told to pick a partner Dolly was ever the outgoi The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is a contemporary read that in typical Amanda Prowse fashion has a roller coaster of emotion oozing from the pages There s ups, there s downs, with plenty of family drama to go around.When Rae Valentine was sixteen she met her lifelong best friend Dolly when the two ended up partnering up The two girls couldn t have been any different from one another but that was exactly what drew them together when told to pick a partner Dolly was ever the outgoing one with Rae as shy as can be but when Dolly offered to introduce Rae to her brother making plans to one day take their friendship into family who knew it would come true Now, Rae and her husband, Howard, are celebrating their twenty fifth wedding anniversary with Dolly right there by both of their sides The couple has led a comfortable life with Howard working in the restaurant business with his family and Rae raising their children But what should have been one of the happiest nights of their life quickly took a turn when Howard admitted to having an affair with a young waitress at the latest restaurant opening.As usual with an Amanda Prowse title tissues may just very well may be necessary at some point during the book The story takes a family and looks at marital break down from every possible angle and most will admit there is no right or wrong answer as to what Rae should could do in that circumstance, this makes every turn of the page extremely thought provoking as you go on the journey with Rae I couldn t help but question every conversation and every move but just like a backseat driver isn t at the wheel I had to patiently wait for Rae to come to her conclusion and was hooked the entire time.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 34 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 27, 2018 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, netgalley arc, 3 star, contemporary fiction, family drama, stand alone, women s fiction EXCERPT This evening she looked at the lit windows of the tall houses, standing like sentinels in a proud curve, and wondered, as she often did, about the lives that went on behind them, picturing the people she nodded to or greeted during the course of the day Morning Mrs Williams Yes, it is a bit chilly stay warm Hello Mr Jeffries How are you today Oh, I m so glad to hear it If you need anything, you know where we are Well, hello Fifi aren t you full of energy today R EXCERPT This evening she looked at the lit windows of the tall houses, standing like sentinels in a proud curve, and wondered, as she often did, about the lives that went on behind them, picturing the people she nodded to or greeted during the course of the day Morning Mrs Williams Yes, it is a bit chilly stay warm Hello Mr Jeffries How are you today Oh, I m so glad to hear it If you need anything, you know where we are Well, hello Fifi aren t you full of energy today Rae loved to pet the cute little Shih tzu and would smile at Fifi sowner, the quiet young woman who never responded with anything other than a brief nod and a stony silence, her eye contact non existant Yes, she wondered about the lives of these people, her neighbours with whom she lived cheek by jowl, bumping into them in their pyjamas as they put the bins out, listening to them row, cry, sing She knew so many intimate details of their lives, but not their first names or their favorite colors or even why Fifi s mum was so painfully shy It was a strange and wonderful situation and one that she felt was peculiarly British she considered the possibility that if the residents of Lawns Crescent had slightly less stiff upper lips and open arms, she might have answers to all the above ABOUT THIS BOOK The Girl In the Corner is the poignant tale of a woman who has always been there for her family But will they be there for her Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven t in years But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one sided friendships Is she really the pushover everyone else sees When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is THOUGHTS I usually love Amanda Prowse s writing, the way she makes the reader run the gamut of their emotions, but The Girl in the Corner felt a little flat to me Even though I think that most of us have, at some time, suffered a lack of self esteem, I still found Rae hard to relate to It took me 90% of the book before I felt anything for her and I am still not sure why It is a perfectly good story A story many of us are familiar with, either through our own experiences, or of those of friends It is a story of love and betrayal, of friendship being tested by circumstances, of grief in many forms, of choices made and not made The characters didn t seem as well formed as in books I have previously read by this author And I detested their names I did shed a tear in one place, but overall this was not a memorable read THE AUTHOR Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress flag 33 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 30, 2018 Amanda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley After reading several of Amanda Prowse books I feel highly honoured to receive a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.Rae Valentine meets extrovert Dolly at college, they become friends for life even though she is the opposite of quiet Rae Dolly is adamant that Rae will love her brother Howard so she arranges a double date which leads to marriage.Howard and Rae are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and Dolly has helped arrange a party that has all the family there After reading several of Amanda Prowse books I feel highly honoured to receive a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.Rae Valentine meets extrovert Dolly at college, they become friends for life even though she is the opposite of quiet Rae Dolly is adamant that Rae will love her brother Howard so she arranges a double date which leads to marriage.Howard and Rae are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and Dolly has helped arrange a party that has all the family there After the party Howard admits to having a 2 week affair with one of the waitresses at their family restaurant They had to pay her off so she would not tell anyone But now the genie is out of the bottle can their marriage survive such a betrayal of trust.As usual Amanda Prowse is not afraid to delve into the nitty gritty of emotions, it makes you see their marital difficulties from other people s options and how it effects the whole family.A beautifully written book about friendship, marriage and trust that will keep you enthralled and pull at your heart strings.I was the girl in the corner, being the youngest and quietest of 8, growing up you would often find me in the corner reading My favourite short story was The mouse that roared and believe me if you rile me I have learned to roar before scuttling back to my book A must read book with a surprising ending flag 24 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 15, 2018 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.75 Stars flag 14 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Leigh rated it really liked it review of another edition The Girl in the Corner is written in third person and is written in a very easy and readable style There are a few flashbacks in this book, but they don t interrupt the flow of the story and help enrich it The story is not explicit, characters do have sex and have sexual thoughts, but they are presented in a vague and tasteful manner.The story centres on Rae Valentine, who has always felt like the Girl in the corner , the girl who is always overlooked in favour of other, prettier or tale The Girl in the Corner is written in third person and is written in a very easy and readable style There are a few flashbacks in this book, but they don t interrupt the flow of the story and help enrich it The story is not explicit, characters do have sex and have sexual thoughts, but they are presented in a vague and tasteful manner.The story centres on Rae Valentine, who has always felt like the Girl in the corner , the girl who is always overlooked in favour of other, prettier or talented girls and has struggled to find her voice and way in this world But now she is a woman in her forties, she has a husband, two kids, a lovely home, she helps the family business and basically her life seemed to have worked out just fine and she is happy That is until she returns home from her anniversary party and her husband of twenty five years drops a massive bombshell on her and Rae is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.I really enjoyed this book It was a very interesting read, and most of the characters were just wonderful I really felt like I gained a friend in Rae, and the flash backs to her younger days really help me feel like I knew and understood her I adored Rae s parents, they were so sweet and just simple good people, I really liked them and Rae s interactions with them I also enjoyed the different perspectives that were explored in this book, such as when Rae and her sister had a heart to heart and both realised that growing up they had been jealous of each other It was quite bittersweet, but to me it highlighted how we as people don t tend to focus on what we are good at, only on what we can t do well and how everyone should be proud of what they can do and to be brave enough to follow your dreams.There wasn t much I didn t like about this book But there were a couple of things, which is why I didn t give the book 5 stars I didn t like a couple of the characters in this book, they were quite overbearing and although I got their place in the story, in relation to Rae, I just think that they could have been toned down a little I also found Rae a little frustrating, while she dithered about what to do Her path was so clear to me, yet she didn t take it She did eventually, but it was literally in the very last pages of the book, so it felt rather anti climatic to me and it didn t really feel like a proper resolution to the story.But, all that being said, I really did enjoy this book It was an interesting story, with quite a few surprises, it was very character driven and I liked that Rae was that little older than most other stories like these The writing style was also fantastic and I really did feel like I had gained a friend while reading.My thanks to Netgalley for a copy to read and review flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Kylie H rated it really liked it review of another edition Rae Valentine has always been the girl in the corner, trying not to be noticed At a young age overshadowed by her all singing, all dancing older sister and then later by her loud over the top best friend Dolly Shoot forward then to the evening of Rae s 25th wedding anniversary, she feels she has it all, a beautiful house, doting husband, great children, but a revelation to her later that night but someone near and dear to her brings it all unstuck.Will Rae find her voice and come out of the co Rae Valentine has always been the girl in the corner, trying not to be noticed At a young age overshadowed by her all singing, all dancing older sister and then later by her loud over the top best friend Dolly Shoot forward then to the evening of Rae s 25th wedding anniversary, she feels she has it all, a beautiful house, doting husband, great children, but a revelation to her later that night but someone near and dear to her brings it all unstuck.Will Rae find her voice and come out of the corner Or will she continue to allow herself to be defined by the people around her A very believable book with a lot of humour that balances out the grief and sadness.Thank you Publishing UK and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Bookread2day rated it it was amazing review of another edition I ve read many books by Amanda Prowse, so naturally I had to read The Girl In The Corner After reading this paperback I realised why the title was chosen for The Girl In The Corner, but I feel it would be ashame to reveal the reason I don t want to spoil your reading time for those of you who have this book on your to read list or those of you who may have just started reading it I think with all of Amanda Prowse novels every reader reads into something that interests them In my case I loved I ve read many books by Amanda Prowse, so naturally I had to read The Girl In The Corner After reading this paperback I realised why the title was chosen for The Girl In The Corner, but I feel it would be ashame to reveal the reason I don t want to spoil your reading time for those of you who have this book on your to read list or those of you who may have just started reading it I think with all of Amanda Prowse novels every reader reads into something that interests them In my case I loved the idea, the college induction, where everyone had to grab someone, anyone and shake their hand and introduce themselves and then to share some fun facts about themselves That s quite frightening for sixteen year old Rae Valentine Pritchard and Dolly Latimer introduce themselves to each other The fun facts are an oh my god But this is where a friendship starts and much More If you have never read a book by Amanda Prowse I can highly recommend reading any of her books flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Jeanette rated it it was amazing review of another edition I have really enjoyed all the books that i have read so far by this author and so pleased to have received an advanced copy of The Girl in the Corner via Netgalley I was determined when i started to read this book, that i will not put a tissue box at my side Amanda Prowse always has the ability to pull at my heartstrings All was going well and near to the end well, i should have known better I am not going to write what the story is about, as i would rather one read the story for themse I have really enjoyed all the books that i have read so far by this author and so pleased to have received an advanced copy of The Girl in the Corner via Netgalley I was determined when i started to read this book, that i will not put a tissue box at my side Amanda Prowse always has the ability to pull at my heartstrings All was going well and near to the end well, i should have known better I am not going to write what the story is about, as i would rather one read the story for themselves The ending did take me by surprise and was one that i wasn t expecting My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy This is my honest review, freely given flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Adele Shea rated it really liked it review of another edition Wow I was not expecting that ending.If you want a book about friendship, love, loss and betrayal, look no further than The Girl In The Corner Another great book by Amanda Prowse flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it review of another edition Mature, realistic and unexpectedly profound women s fiction written with honesty, wit warmth.Despite not having been particularly impressed by the only previous novel that I have read by Amanda Prowse, the premise for The Girl in the Corner was so relatable with a mature female protagonist forced to reassess her life, marriage and friendships after the revelation of her husband s betrayal, that I opted to voluntarily read I am glad that I approached the novel with an open mind, however, a Mature, realistic and unexpectedly profound women s fiction written with honesty, wit warmth.Despite not having been particularly impressed by the only previous novel that I have read by Amanda Prowse, the premise for The Girl in the Corner was so relatable with a mature female protagonist forced to reassess her life, marriage and friendships after the revelation of her husband s betrayal, that I opted to voluntarily read I am glad that I approached the novel with an open mind, however, as The Girl in the Corner was all of the things that I felt were missing from that previous book compelling, thought provoking, life affirming and a solidly engaging read At just sixteen years old, Rae Valentine Rae Pritchard was one of life s observers, preferring to keep her thoughts to herself and hide in the crowd Meeting gregarious Dolly Latimer at typing college, she was soon swept up into a firm friendship with the bubbly whirlwind and a heady first romance and marriage to Dolly s brother self confident and acquisitive businessman, Howard Propelled from her cautious life in a modest suburb to a place in the Latimer clan s flourishing restaurant empire and a Georgian house in North London, Rae is now a devoted wife and mother to sixteen year old, Hannah, and eighteen year old, George On the eve of their silver wedding anniversary, Howard s confession to a shocking betrayal of their marital vows shakes the foundations of Rae s life A devastated Rae is sent reeling and forced to consider her position as wife, mother and all round skivvy to the Latimer restaurant chain, as well as her role as Dolly s best friend As Rae licks her wounds, retreats from family life and avoids Dolly, it gives her the opportunity to remember all those teenage dreams that she gave up on so easily once love and marriage entered her life, from island hopping in Greece to training as a chef But, is it too late for Rae to change her destiny and live life for herself, and can she find the courage to stop being thought of as a pushover whose opinions never quite matter enough Defined by her relationships with everyone else, could it be time for the real Rae Valentine to please stand up The planned anniversary celebration of two weeks in Antigua sees Rae taking Dolly instead of Howard and hoping for some much needed thinking time, however her best friend s split loyalties and a flirtatious barman are just the start of matters becoming trickier As Rae is pressured to ease her husband s conscience and play happy families by Dolly, she starts to feel like the outsider threatening to rock the extended Latimer family Suddenly Howard s mistake is made to feel of less importance and Rae is cast as the bad guy Not quite happy to play along and swallow her pride, Rae ponders on the possibility of reconnecting with her husband and in turn recalibrating her whole friendship with brassy Dolly Can shy, retiring Rae Valentine find the strength to stand up and be counted and where does Rae s friendship with Dolly end and her relationship with Howard begin Can there ever be a possibility of the two being distinct and just what happens when one sours The path to reconciliation might not be as easy as Howard, Dolly and the Latimer s all thinkAmanda Prowse s down to earth and conversational style of writing captures Rae s predicament and emotional upheaval perfectly and her accessible prose makes the journey involving and interesting Alongside Rae s marital predicament and her place in the vibrant Latimer family, Prowse examines secondary issues such as how Rae s parents and sister feel like the humble relations forced to forever play second fiddle This is best exemplified by Debbie Jo s sniping and the risk averse nature of her routine oriented parents Whilst Howard and Rae have faced challenges of their own, from a painful miscarriage to George s autism and Hannah s anger and friendship issues, these previous issues have never been openly discussed Howard s betrayal is the final straw that opens the floodgates to the belated years of unspoken emotions and pent up feelings It forces Rae to re examine her whole life and, in turn, her complex emotions of being second best in the Pritchard family order, to finally emerge from the shadows and live the life she has always dreamed of I particularly appreciated Rae s considered thought processes and deliberation befitting a woman in her fifties, in contrast to the headstrong impetuosity often seen in chick lit fare.Perceptive, thought provoking and emotive, The Girl in the Corner is a compelling piece of women s fiction with well realised and brilliantly human characters and primarily about a mature woman finding the courage and strength to take control of her destiny and put herself first Well paced from the off and quick to get into the heart of the story with dialogue that rings true, the novel has depth, humour and honesty I was slightly disappointed by what I felt was a rushed conclusion with the impressive groundwork of the previous ninety percent of the novel given a rather trite summing up, but I was also pleasantly surprised at how tense and unpredictable I found the whole story I would welcome the opportunity to see Rae Valentine in a future novel and to catch up with her path to true fulfilment Changing the names Rae Valentine and Debbie Jo , and toning done brash and occasionally annoying Dolly s larger than life persona would certainly help a repeat visit slip down a treat Mature, involving and unexpectedly profound women s fiction and in contrast to my previous experience of Amanda Prowse s work, a powerful and realistic novel with moments of wit and feel good spirit I would certainly recommend this novel for a thought provoking read which just goes to show, it is never too late to realise our dreams or find our true path in life When push comes to shove, is it easier to cling to safety and security and perhaps live to regret, or leap and take a chance flag 6 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 13, 2018 Karen Whittard rated it it was amazing review of another edition As always with an Amanda Prowse book you are taken on a journey of emotions as you journey through the book with the beautiful characters Get the tissues to hand as you will need them This book is really beautiful just like all of Amanda s books She just had such a fabulous way of writing that makes you feel things deeply I loved it Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than l As always with an Amanda Prowse book you are taken on a journey of emotions as you journey through the book with the beautiful characters Get the tissues to hand as you will need them This book is really beautiful just like all of Amanda s books She just had such a fabulous way of writing that makes you feel things deeply I loved it Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven t in years But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one sided friendships Is she really the pushover everyone else sees When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Kelly rated it really liked it review of another edition Amanda Prowse has a style of writing that brings her characters to life She builds them up in such a manner they feel like your family friends and in turn you feel their emotions.The Girl in the Corner is a lovely story of love, loss and trust and how rediscovery is possible at any stage in life This book contains an important message about ensuring you are living the life you want to live and are happy and creating lasting memories to look back.What a lovely story, I loved Rae Valentine and w Amanda Prowse has a style of writing that brings her characters to life She builds them up in such a manner they feel like your family friends and in turn you feel their emotions.The Girl in the Corner is a lovely story of love, loss and trust and how rediscovery is possible at any stage in life This book contains an important message about ensuring you are living the life you want to live and are happy and creating lasting memories to look back.What a lovely story, I loved Rae Valentine and would love to see her and her red backpack in a other story as she reminded me of the lovely Poppy Day flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Joanne Robertson rated it it was amazing review of another edition HOW DOES SHE DO IT Amanda Prowse has once again written a wonderfully evocative book that feels as though she has delved into my soul, creating characters and scenarios that will speak to so many women out there Be warned that the tears will fall and for me personally, a scene at about 60% into the storyline absolutely broke me.Rae Valentine is a woman that I know many of us will relate to The girl in the corner , the people pleaser who hates confrontation and is always there for her family HOW DOES SHE DO IT Amanda Prowse has once again written a wonderfully evocative book that feels as though she has delved into my soul, creating characters and scenarios that will speak to so many women out there Be warned that the tears will fall and for me personally, a scene at about 60% into the storyline absolutely broke me.Rae Valentine is a woman that I know many of us will relate to The girl in the corner , the people pleaser who hates confrontation and is always there for her family, putting their happiness at the top of her priorities But Rae Valentine discovers something terrible on the night of her 25th wedding anniversary that sends her off on a journey of self rediscovery with her very best friend Dolly And as she relaxes, looking back at the decisions she has made during her life, she re evaluates the person she has become versus the woman she thought she would be.Every woman will take something from this insightful domestic drama Amanda Prowse has an in depth understanding of how women react to the various ups and downs of married life and is able to portray the full spectrum of emotions that come with relationships She creates relatable and realistic characters and is able to weave convincingly authentic plots around them But what she does best is being able to pull out all those feelings in her readers that they didn t even know were hiding in them And this is why she is the First Lady of contemporary women s fiction For me personally, it was like looking at my own experiences reflected back at me and that hit me hard I think that s why I wanted for Rae, for her to break out of her mould and create the life that would mean putting herself first with or without the people who have always surrendered her.I loved this book It s probably my most favourite that Amanda Prowse has written in recent years and I had a major book hangover when I finished it Plus very red eyes Highly recommended by me flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Shalini rated it really liked it review of another edition This book made me think I have been the girl in the corner my whole life, less confident, insecure, fearful The story kept me awake practically the whole night deeper introspection has led to the conclusion that I am probably coming into my own trying to do new things, but there are still some things I need to change or accept I call author Amanda Prowse the Queen of Emotions, and she has struck again bringing to life another topic which many of us have seen infidelity Ms Prowse s ability This book made me think I have been the girl in the corner my whole life, less confident, insecure, fearful The story kept me awake practically the whole night deeper introspection has led to the conclusion that I am probably coming into my own trying to do new things, but there are still some things I need to change or accept I call author Amanda Prowse the Queen of Emotions, and she has struck again bringing to life another topic which many of us have seen infidelity Ms Prowse s ability to wrench emotions out of a cold heart is breathtaking I managed to feel the same anger which the main character Rae feels after the confession from her infidel husband I liked the way Rae went on a trip to Antigua to get some sane from the claustrophobic situation at home But her sister in law best friend Dolly accompanied her, followed by her husband And that led to my niggles Rae didn t really find her inner self till the very end And I wished she had expressed herself clearly for once, she modified her life for everyone pushing her ambitions deep down till the last few pages A woman is strong and dynamic And with a topic like infidelity, there has to be a counter emotion shown where she finds her own voice I believe a woman can be in the corner but yet her voice can reach all corners of the earth We women are that powerful I loved the book for the story, but I wanted it to be empowering, shining its sparkling rays on me, inspiring me I liked the book spoke about forgiveness which is difficult in these cases, but it didn t feel real, it came from a place of thankfulness during a crisis Overall, I enjoyed the book, and it left me examining my own life flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Nancy Ahyee rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is my first by this author, but it definitely won t be my last I requested this book based on a Twitter post by someone who was so excited to see it on NetGalley, and I m so glad I did This is the story of Rae Valentine, who is married to Howard her first boyfriend, her best friend Dolly s brother, and the love of her life On the evening of their 25th anniversary, Howard reveals a secret to Rae that makes her question her marriage and her place in t The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is my first by this author, but it definitely won t be my last I requested this book based on a Twitter post by someone who was so excited to see it on NetGalley, and I m so glad I did This is the story of Rae Valentine, who is married to Howard her first boyfriend, her best friend Dolly s brother, and the love of her life On the evening of their 25th anniversary, Howard reveals a secret to Rae that makes her question her marriage and her place in the Latimer family She begins to wonder if she has spent her whole life doing everything for everyone else instead of doing what would truly make her happy How do you define happiness anyway Rae takes Dolly on the anniversary trip Howard planned, and in light of the new information Rae has, she begins to see the cracks in all of her relationships She wonders whose side Dolly will be on and has to decide whether she wants to rebuild her relationship with Howard or finally pursue what she has come to realize was HER life s desire that she put on the back burner because her family made her happy When Howard shows up at the resort, Rae feels forced into making a decision about their relationship that she hasn t necessarily had enough time to make.This book is an emotional roller coaster There is plenty to laugh about Rae s friendship with Dolly is heartwarming at times and tense and embarrassing at others Even I wondered where Dolly s loyalties would end up And there is plenty here to make you think about your own family dynamics and tear up The ending took me by surprise and I loved it This title should be on your must read list Thanks to NetGalley and Publishing UK for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review This title is expected for publication in December 2018 flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Sally rated it it was amazing review of another edition Loved this book I always enjoy Amanda Prowse s books and avidly want for her next release This did not disappoint at all I loved the characters and was hugely entertained A great contrast of emotions while reading, from laughter to being on the verge of tears Her books always feel as though you could step right into them as the characters and plots are so realistic flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Jeanniehay64 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Amanda Prowse has done it again her fantastic writing and realistic characters had me hooked on this book from beginning to end Rae Valentine was such a believable character I could relate to her circumstances and reactions throughout and she had me rooting for her throughout.Rae was always the girl in the corner Shy and unconfident, taking second place to her older confident sister until she meets Dolly who becomes her lifelong friend, Dolly introduces her to her brother Howard and they fall Amanda Prowse has done it again her fantastic writing and realistic characters had me hooked on this book from beginning to end Rae Valentine was such a believable character I could relate to her circumstances and reactions throughout and she had me rooting for her throughout.Rae was always the girl in the corner Shy and unconfident, taking second place to her older confident sister until she meets Dolly who becomes her lifelong friend, Dolly introduces her to her brother Howard and they fall in love and Rae marries into their influential family Twenty five years later Rae feels she has life figured Two beautiful children a successful husband and a fantastic lifestyle but something has happened to put it all in the balance The revelation means Rae has an important decision to make Will she be strong enough to follow her instincts or will she be happier not rocking the boat and trying to mend her marriage This book explores so many issues with such understanding these included friendship, marriage, trust, family, loss, love and loyalty, When life gives you lemons make lemonade is a saying which came to me whilst reading this book The importance of fiends and family for support definitely shone throughout the book Definitely one for anyone who has felt like the girl in the corner who has struggled to be everything to everyone but has lost their own identity along the way This book will stay with me for a long time, I cannot recommend it highly enough Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for my chance to read this fantastic book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Karen Carter rated it really liked it review of another edition As I have come to expect from Amanda Prowse, this book is character driven and as you read, you really do feel that the characters are living, breathing people that you completely relate to The women are particularly vivid in their portrayal and I was quick to identify the Rae Valentine and Dolly in my own family This book raises questions how much of ourselves we give to our relationships and, on occasion, how much we give up for them and how much we find ourselves hiding behind them.Every fa As I have come to expect from Amanda Prowse, this book is character driven and as you read, you really do feel that the characters are living, breathing people that you completely relate to The women are particularly vivid in their portrayal and I was quick to identify the Rae Valentine and Dolly in my own family This book raises questions how much of ourselves we give to our relationships and, on occasion, how much we give up for them and how much we find ourselves hiding behind them.Every family has its own dynamics and this novel perfectly explores how that molds who we become, whether or not it is the same as who we thought we would be It is seemingly a gentle read but raises some thought provoking issues flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Belinda Munro rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 stars Another great book by the wonderful Amanda Prowse It never ceases to amaze me how Ms Prowse can tackle any topic with such empathy and understanding Her books leave me pondering what I would do in her characters situation and at times leave me uncomfortable due to the raw emotion she explores in her stories This isn t one of my favourites but it was very enjoyable I will admit towards the end I was thinking is that it and then wham a bit of a shocking twist in the ending I ass 4 stars Another great book by the wonderful Amanda Prowse It never ceases to amaze me how Ms Prowse can tackle any topic with such empathy and understanding Her books leave me pondering what I would do in her characters situation and at times leave me uncomfortable due to the raw emotion she explores in her stories This isn t one of my favourites but it was very enjoyable I will admit towards the end I was thinking is that it and then wham a bit of a shocking twist in the ending I assumed the book would take on a bit of a Shirley Valentine vibe so was glad when it didn t exactly go in that direction as I admire Amanda Prowse for her creativity Highly recommend Thanks kindly to Netgalley, publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this great book flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Natasha du Plessis rated it really liked it review of another edition Amanda Prowse, WOW This book had great characters, people that I could associate with This was a story of love, heartbreak and finding yourself Some moments were funny and some really sad I asked lots of questions whilst reading this book and all were answered by the end of the book It is sad to let go of Rae but she has many adventures ahead It would be lovely if there could be a follow up of Rae s new story I would definitely recommend this book and author to other readers flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Clare rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 netgalley challenge, 2018 reading challenge read With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Rae Valentine Pritchard was sixteen when she became best friends with Dolly Latimer at college Dolly hero worshiped her big brother Howard and decided that Rae would be his perfect girlfriend Dolly s matchmaking worked and Rae married Howard when she was eighteen.Twenty five years later Rae was happily to Howard and they had two grown up children Hannah and George Howard had taken over the family With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Rae Valentine Pritchard was sixteen when she became best friends with Dolly Latimer at college Dolly hero worshiped her big brother Howard and decided that Rae would be his perfect girlfriend Dolly s matchmaking worked and Rae married Howard when she was eighteen.Twenty five years later Rae was happily to Howard and they had two grown up children Hannah and George Howard had taken over the family run chain of restaurant s and Rae was run off her feet doing errands for the business as well as caring for her elderly parentsOn the night of Rae s twenty fifth wedding anniversary.Howard confessed to an affair with one of his waitresses Devastated Rae took Dolly on a holiday to Antigua that Howard booked for their anniversary During the holiday Rae realised that cracks had slowly appeared in their marriage Rae remembered that she wanted to be a chef and contemplated leaving her marriage to start a new life When Rae tried to discuss this with Dolly, she iadvised her not to think about the affair and hopefully she would forget Upset Rae realised despite being best friends Dolly would always support her brother rather than her.When Howard decided to join Rae in Antigua she was presented with the dilemma of staying in her safe, glamorous life or following her own dreams.The Girl in the Corner had a great cast of characters I liked Rae, Hannah, her parents and the exuberant Latimer clan I liked Dolly who was overbearing but ultimately her actions were based on love There were scenes in this book which were hilarious and me laugh out laugh Such as when dolly asked for a bus ticket you have to read the book to find out and when she did a wee in the boat in the middle of the ocean, I cried when Rae s mum died after a stroke and it made me remember the moment my Mum died In hospital The only thing I disliked was the abrupt ending based on what could of been a split of the tongue.However I would love to read a follow up in Rae and Hannah s stories in the future I enjoyed this book but it was not as good as the coordinates of Love flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 31, 2018 Rachel Gilbey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Completely gripping from the first few pages I could easily identify with Rae Valentine and could see some of her life mirrored in my own.This is story about being the person you want to be, to try to live the life you want, and not for those pushy relations Rae Valentine is a quiet sort of girl, bit of a wall flower, eager to please, lacking in confidence Her parents appear to favour her older sister, her best friend is rather bolshy and the complete opposite and her husband is her best Completely gripping from the first few pages I could easily identify with Rae Valentine and could see some of her life mirrored in my own.This is story about being the person you want to be, to try to live the life you want, and not for those pushy relations Rae Valentine is a quiet sort of girl, bit of a wall flower, eager to please, lacking in confidence Her parents appear to favour her older sister, her best friend is rather bolshy and the complete opposite and her husband is her best friends brother She has married into a whole different life to what she has grown up with and when one day she hears her husband confess to a brief affair, her life is sent off kilter.This is a book of self discovery, the majority of which is on a holiday to Antigua There are some hilarious moments in this, as well as some that brought me almost to tears, Like the majority of the books I have read by Amanda Prowse, it was an addictive read, hard to put down, and is definitely a book worth clearing time in your schedule to read in one sitting Thank you to Lake Union and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it review of another edition Amanda Prowse books always have a serious side and this one was no exception although it was not as dark as some I have read by her The characters are totally believable and the relationships between them keep you turning the pages flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Amanda Sayer rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 books read, netgalley Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They have shared twenty five years together since they were brought together by Howard s sister Dolly On the night of their wedding anniversary Howard makes a shocking confession which leaves Rae Valentine feeling betrayed Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her anniversary trip to Antigua and Rae starts to realise that all her choices have always been made for her and she starts to question her marriage and her friendships When Howard comes lo Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They have shared twenty five years together since they were brought together by Howard s sister Dolly On the night of their wedding anniversary Howard makes a shocking confession which leaves Rae Valentine feeling betrayed Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her anniversary trip to Antigua and Rae starts to realise that all her choices have always been made for her and she starts to question her marriage and her friendships When Howard comes looking for reconciliation she has a choice to make, keep the peace or finally put herself first for once.A beautifully written book with out loud laughter at times, however I also found it very a very emotional read and I admit I was in tears at times too I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Many thanks to Netgalley and Publishing Uk for an advanced copy of the e book for my honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 17, 2018 Linda Tilling rated it it was amazing review of another edition A 5 again for Amanda Prowse s new book The Girl In The Corner, which although I have the paperback on pre order for 20th December, I could not wait to read it and so have downloaded it via NetGalley and read it already Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae ree A 5 again for Amanda Prowse s new book The Girl In The Corner, which although I have the paperback on pre order for 20th December, I could not wait to read it and so have downloaded it via NetGalley and read it already Rae Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts They ve shared twenty five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard s larger than life sister But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really isThis is an absolutely delightful tale of truth for all those women who have never got over the fact that they were the girl in the corner at every school disco, birthday party, family event or even just being the quiet middle child in their own family home, and I can actually identify and empathise with all of the above situations In fact Amanda has once again written this book and aimed it straight at my heart Oh my goodness Rae Valentine could have been me desperately searching the room looking for someone, in fact just anyone, to approach her and make her feel as if she can be seen There are plenty of laughs along the way, mostly from Dolly who I would love to be my friend for an evening any than that and I am sure I would die from laughing or embarrassment My favourite moments were at the check in desk and I still giggle to myself now sometimes about her insistence on What flavour pizza was it However, Dolly was first and foremost Howard s sister and this irritated the hell out of me because she literally was the only friend Rae Valentine had and was wavering over where her loyalties lay The family characters that plump out the story were great and I wanted to shake Rae Valentine s parents and make them wake up and see her and TELL her how clever and smart they thought she was and that they knew she was special, knock her sister Debbie Jo off her pedestal especially as she had started her self doubt by telling her that if you are not the star who stands out in the middle of the room you might as well be like furniture, the girl in the corner, hug her children Hannah and George for being so lovely, but don t get me started on Howard I changed my mind along the way of what advice to give Rae Valentine if I was her friend, but my over riding thought was don t settle for this will do because life is short so you need to live it to the fullest and take chances She craved a title that was than daughter, wife, mother, auntie,dogsbody, she wanted to be defined by something other than her relationships, she wanted a title that was hers and that she had earned, not acquired, like traveller or chef.I can always empathise with the characters in Amanda s books but Rae Valentine really got to me and this could have been my story in places, I howled in places and re read several of the pages chapters because I could see myself in her so much It reminded me of the moment I knew my own marriage was over 15 years ago, it wasn t the fact he wasn t making me happy any that was the problem, it was the fact living with him was making me unhappy The Girl In The Corner is a story of how someone can find themselves at any age and it is never too late to be the person you were always meant to be before life, love, loss and loyalty came and tripped you up Before that I was just a girl in the corner, faded into the background, and it wasn t nice no one wants to be like that, like furniture The ending was superb, another Mandy Masterpiece flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Chasidy Kaye Jones rated it liked it review of another edition Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a review It took until the end of the book for Rae Valentine to listen to her heart It would have been nice if chapters were dedicated to the after affects of her finally being her own person But the book was a nice read and kept me reading Not the authors best book but still pretty good flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Heather Howarth rated it it was amazing review of another edition I loved this book I devoured it over three sittings and was caught up in the emotions of it It is a lovely story of love, loss and trust and whether a relationship can withstand a breach of trust It shows that you need to live your life to its full, in your way and be happy.I liked Rae and her larger than life friend, Dolly It was interesting to think about what makes a good friend and what value a friendship should have when times get tough.Good luck to Rae I would like to hear about I loved this book I devoured it over three sittings and was caught up in the emotions of it It is a lovely story of love, loss and trust and whether a relationship can withstand a breach of trust It shows that you need to live your life to its full, in your way and be happy.I liked Rae and her larger than life friend, Dolly It was interesting to think about what makes a good friend and what value a friendship should have when times get tough.Good luck to Rae I would like to hear about her adventures flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Alijo rated it really liked it review of another edition I got this book from netgalley I really enjoy Amanda Prowse s books I had a hard time getting through the first half of this book but once I got to the 2nd I was able to get hooked and read it a lot quicker Although it s not my favorite book of hers, I did enjoy it flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write Amanda lives in the West Country with her husband and their two teenage sons.


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    1. I have heard such great things about bestselling author Amanda Prowse that I m a little embarrassed to say I have never read any of her books, even though I do own a couple of her latest ones The Girl in the Corner was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable love story with wonderful characters that really came to life The story delves into the troubled waters of when the trust is broken between a loving husband and wife of twenty five years Rae Valentine s husband confesses on their silver I ha [...]


    2. Rae Valentine met her husband through her best friend, Dolly Dolly knew that her best friend and her brother would hit it off, and she was right Rae and her husband have been married for twenty five years and have two children together After anniversary party, Howard drops a bombshell on Rae His shocking betrayal leaves Rae reeling She is shocked, hurt, angry and sad Shocked and heartbroken, Rae looks back on not only her marriage but the things she gave up when she got married at the age Rae Va [...]


    3. The Girl in the Corner by Amanda Prowse is a contemporary read that in typical Amanda Prowse fashion has a roller coaster of emotion oozing from the pages There s ups, there s downs, with plenty of family drama to go around.When Rae Valentine was sixteen she met her lifelong best friend Dolly when the two ended up partnering up The two girls couldn t have been any different from one another but that was exactly what drew them together when told to pick a partner Dolly was ever the outgoi The Gi [...]


    4. EXCERPT This evening she looked at the lit windows of the tall houses, standing like sentinels in a proud curve, and wondered, as she often did, about the lives that went on behind them, picturing the people she nodded to or greeted during the course of the day Morning Mrs Williams Yes, it is a bit chilly stay warm Hello Mr Jeffries How are you today Oh, I m so glad to hear it If you need anything, you know where we are Well, hello Fifi aren t you full of energy today R EXCERPT This evening she [...]


    5. After reading several of Amanda Prowse books I feel highly honoured to receive a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.Rae Valentine meets extrovert Dolly at college, they become friends for life even though she is the opposite of quiet Rae Dolly is adamant that Rae will love her brother Howard so she arranges a double date which leads to marriage.Howard and Rae are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and Dolly has helped arrange a party that has all the family there A [...]



    6. The Girl in the Corner is written in third person and is written in a very easy and readable style There are a few flashbacks in this book, but they don t interrupt the flow of the story and help enrich it The story is not explicit, characters do have sex and have sexual thoughts, but they are presented in a vague and tasteful manner.The story centres on Rae Valentine, who has always felt like the Girl in the corner , the girl who is always overlooked in favour of other, prettier or tale The Gi [...]


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