Book Review: The Coordinates of Loss

Author: Amanda Prowse
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Number of Pages: 330
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just before I left to spend 10 days laying in the sun, exploring and reading I asked my family and friends for some book recommendations. This one was recommended to me by my Mum who is a bit of an avid reader herself.

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.
In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.
Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

Can I really say I enjoyed a book so immersed in so much grief?
Rachel and James suffer from a grief nobody should ever have to endure; the loss of a child. And it is brutal from start to finish. Amanda Prowse doesn’t hold back, not at all! I felt the full force of this devastating agony as it rips through the couple’s lives and I think you’d struggle but to aswell!

The characters are wonderful and are deeper than I imagined they would be in a book that centres on the kids if a child as I thought it would be much more driven by the plot. Saying this I really felt like I connected with the characters and felt the emotions along with them. Throughout the book I looked forward to reading Cee-Cee’s letters as she was enchanting!

I cried! I’m not ashamed to admit it. It may be impossible not to.

Do you have any holiday reading recommendations for me if I run out of books? I’ve taken my kindle along so can download new ones if needed.

Happy reading -ox


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