The Day She Came Back by Amanda Prowse

Description:

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: how do you forgive the family that lied to you, and love the mum you never had?

When her loving, free-spirited grandmother Primrose passes away, Victoria is bereft, yet resilient—she has survived tragedy before. But even her strength is tested when a mysterious woman attends Prim’s funeral and claims to be the mother Victoria thought was dead.

As the two women get to know each other and Victoria begins to learn more about her past, it becomes clear that her beloved grandmother had been keeping life-changing secrets from her. Desperate for answers, she still struggles to trust anyone to tell her the truth.

To live a full and happy life, Victoria knows she must not only uncover the truth, but find a way to forgive her family. But after so many years, is trusting them even possible?

My review:

This is my first Amanda Prowse book and it will not be my last. The characters are so beautifully drawn, some with detail and others more sparingly, and yet each person becomes familiar to us.

Victoria has a wonderful relationship with her maternal grandmother, Prim, who brought her up after her mother’s (Prim’s daughter’s) death when Victoria was still a baby. Prim has been the rock in Victoria’s life until the unthinkable happens and Prim dies unexpectedly. From this moment on Victoria’s well ordered life begins to unravel, starting with Prim’s funeral when a woman appears, claiming to be Victoria’s ‘dead’ mother.

What I particularly loved was the time spent introducing Prim into the reader’s life. Her death is such a catalyst for what follows that it was very important for us to know and understand the place she held in Victoria’s life to be able to understand the impact of losing her.

I didn’t always like Victoria but her actions were believable for a teenager suddenly cut adrift from the parental tether of the grandmother who raised her. I strongly recommend this book.

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