The Girl in the Corner

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Another emotional family story from this talented author. Some wonderful happy and sad moments. Amanda Prowse isn't afraid to tackle any subject and this book does not disappoint. Highly recommended
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Rae has always been the girl in the corner,  the quiet youngster sister.  When she goes to college she meets the loud brash Dolly, and again is the quieter follower, but she falls for Dollys's brother Howard and the two get married.  Rae is still the one though that is running round doing everything for everyone until after 25 years of marriage Howard makes a big confession......... will Rae now finally stick up for herself and put her own life first?

A good story and I liked the character of Rae, although at times you wanted to shake her and make her stand up to everyone,  but she was a genuinely nice person a and needed the shock to evaluate her life.   Another good book by this writer.
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Rae-Valentine is the youngest of two girls.  Her sister is all singing, all dancing and always has to be the centre of attention.    Rae has always felt as though she was just the girl in the corner.  
When Rae is 16, she meets Dolly who soon becomes her larger (and louder) than life best friend.   

All of the characters in this book are believable and although I’m nothing like her, I really felt for Rae-Valentine and I had her back all the way through the book.  
I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I rolled my eyes because of they way that poor Rae was being treated – or how she hadn’t stood up for herself. 

This book shows us how important family and friends are. How much we rely on them and how much we allow people to get away with because of how close we are and how occasionally we can lose sight of who we are because of how we feel we should be.
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What a story!  It is so emotional, and feels so very real.  Rae-Valentine had always been a quiet, shy child, ‘the girl in the corner’.  Then she went to college to learn secretarial skills, and met loud, brash Dolly. They got on well, and each loved the others family, because they were so different to their own.  Very soon Rae was going out with Dolly’s brother Howard, and in no time they were married.  The family owned a chain of restaurants, and very soon Rae spent her life looking after everyone, her husband and two children, her parents, and collecting and delivering any urgent supplies or help required by the restaurants. There was no time for her to pursue her own ambitions.  But she was happy.

Then it was her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, and before the day is out her happy life has been destroyed.  Her emotions are so well written, she is in turns sad, angry,  vengeful, bewildered.  The book leads you to think about how you would feel in the circumstances, and it all feels very real!  The story twists and turns, then twists again with even more for Rae to be unhappy about.  There are lighter, even amusing moments, but overall a sad but realistic story, ending with a note of happiness perhaps returning in Rae’s future.  A fine story by a fine writer.
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I really felt for Rea the main character of this book, like a lot of women her family, (parents, children, husband) come 1st, the book goes through the emotional turmoil of her husband's bad behaviour. While also dealing with other family related problems.
A great thought provoking book.
Thank you netgalley.
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A really interesting story of two friends, who also happen to be sisters-in-law.  Cue interesting dynamics, divided loyalties and family feuds.  There's a couple of scenes that are so realistic, i could run them through in my head - Amanda Prowse has such a way with words.  

A really powerful message - summarised as the mouse that roared (took its time and took everyone by surprise too).  Another excellent and thought-provoking book from this talented author.
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Great story, glad it ended the way it did (won't leave spoilers). I really wanted the main character to step up throughout the book though. There were little twists and turns as she found her way, I think she would relate well to people feeling the same way as she is very relatable.

Would give another book by the author ago however wouldn't be staple to go to though.
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Delightful! As a woman of a certain age, I identified with Rae Valentine and I was screaming at her from early on . Forced headlong into a mid-life crisis, not of her making, I defy you not to will her on.
A lively narrative and strong female lead character makes this an enjoyable story, full of twists and turns. It has made me so desperate to go to Antigua, I need that soft white sand in my life!
Ladies, don’t ever let anyone put you in the corner.

#netgalley #Thegirlinthecorner
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I have read a few books by Amanda Prowse by now, and what never ceases to impress me, is how well she portrays ordinary people living ordinary lives, and how they deal with their personal extraordinary events.
In 'The Girl in the Corner' we are introduced to shy, quiet reserved Rae-Valentine, the embodiment of the 'girl in the corner' who at 16 meets the lively, loud and big hearted Dolly. They become best friends, and in the fullness of time Rae-Valentine meets and marries Howard, Dolly's brother, and becomes absorbed into the family's restaurant business. So she devotes the next 25 years to her family, her friends and the business, meeting everyone's needs but her own.
Our first meeting with Rae-Valentine is at the 25 year marker; the party to celebrate her silver wedding anniversary, the big one! Instead of being the best night of her married life however, the evening crumbles along with her heart as Howard confesses to a two week fling with a young waitress who worked for them. Heartbroken, Rae-Valentine flees to Antigua with best friend Dolly, on what should have been a second honeymoon celebration, but which instead becomes a reflection on her life, her marriage, family and friendships as she desperately to find a way forward through the shambles of her marriage. Can she forgive and forget, returning to her life of the past 25 years, or is it time, finally, to listen to her own heart and forge her own path ahead, but alone!
This was a very satisfying read; I give it 4 stars.
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Adored this book , love everything Amanda writes. Her characters are the woman next door, your work mate, even you. True to life and believable.
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Amanda Prowse can do no wrong in my eyes.  I love her story telling and her characters.  this seemed different to her other books in some ways but thoroughly enjoyable and great ending x
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A good book to read where the wife/mother/friend comes into her own after finding out on her 25th wedding anniversary that her husband has been unfaithful to her

It is a perceptive and thought-provoking story which is about a woman finally putting herself first and finding the strength and courage to take control of her life.  I found it well-paced right from the start, and it's very easy to get drawn into the story because it  feels true and honest. The last chapter was a surprise as the one before had me expecting a different ending,

 I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of contemporary romance fiction.
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Another great read from Amanda Prowse.  I love this lady's books. Strong female characters and her books always delve into gritty family issues. The Girl in the Corner is no exception
 Rae  is a loyal faithful loving mother wife and friend. She is about 2 discover her life is not what she thought it was. The book delves into the life of a 40 year old woman who thought she had it all. Can life begin at 40.
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I have read most books of Amanda prowse and enjoyed them. But this one is my least favourite of them. Everything was good; the characters, the family but it was a little bit boring and didn't have that excitement like her other books which made me sacrifice my precious sleep. It's engaging enough to finish the book but it doesn't stay with you afterwards.I still look forward to her other books as the others were so great.
( I am very much thankful to netgalley and the publisher for providing me the free copy in exchange of an honest review.)
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This is my first read by Amanda Prowse and I loved it. This is the story of a woman married for many years who has to re-evaluate her life following her Husband’s announcement of his betrayal on their 25th wedding Anniversary and the ripple effect this has on everyone.
The main character Rae-Valentine is a strong woman who everyone relies on but she is left to feel a pushover and wondering her worth.
Her trip to Antigua with her Sister-in-Law allows her to re-evaluate her situation but it’s a bereavement that makes her realise her family need her. However skeletons come out of the closet, which have a huge effect on Rae and what she does next.
I had partially guessed what may happen however was still surprised by the ending and because the book was so good I got to in a couple of days.
I loved the way Amanda’s style of writing gave me the perfect image of all the characters and scenes as if I was there with them and it certainly gives food for thought on whether we should just continue what we are doing because it’s what we know or whether we should take a leap of faith and do the best for ourself for a change.
I would definitely recommend this book which is thought-provoking on a number of levels and look forward to reading more from Amanda.
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I'm a huge fan of this author and always look forward to reading her wonderful stories. This one didn't disappoint, I loved it. I highly recommended you read this book as you are in for a treat.
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After finishing this book yesterday on a train home from London I think the whole carriage will now order it. My “gasp’s” and “nooooo’s” had everyone starting at me & someone actually asked me if I was ok when I finally put my head in my hands – slightly embarrassing having to explain that the final chapters in my book where the cause!

A story of love, life, friends, family and without giving anything away the trials and tribulations that these 4 areas can bring.

Another Amanda Prowse work of excellence; if you are a fan already or a newbie you will NOT be disappointed.
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Yet another fantastic read by the lovely and talented Amanda Prowse. As always Amanda writes movingly and her prose is beautiful and heartfelt, 

With characters you care about from the outset, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ is both heart rending and hopeful. Whenever I read a book by this skilful writer, as many times as she breaks my heart, she also somehow manages to pick up the pieces and put them back together again.

A heartachingly beautiful read that I highly recommend. 5 stars.
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Very readable, delightful characters, wonderfully real. Full of family drama with both laughter and tears that just makes you keep on reading right to the end, which is anything but predictable.  A tonic in these troubled times and a lovely escape from the real world.
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Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable love story with wonderful characters that really came to life.  Very unexpected ending.  Read the book in one sitting.
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