Another Love by Amanda Prowse
In the early years, she was happy.
Romilly had worked hard for her stunning, modern house in one of Bristol’s most fashionable suburbs. She adored her gorgeous, gap-toothed daughter and her kind and handsome husband. Sure, life was sometimes exhausting – but nothing that a large glass of wine at the end of the day couldn’t fix.
But then, as deep-buried insecurities surfaced, everything started to unravel. A glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Once, Romilly’s family were everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love…
It is hard to put into words the journey that you take when reading Another Love because Amanda Prowse has managed to write a story that is empathetic, honest and heartfelt in its telling.
Another Love tells the story of Romily, her husband David and daughter Celeste. From the outside they have it all; an all-consuming love, amazing jobs and a home that many admire but behind closed doors is a daughter who watches her mother battle with alcoholism and a husband so desperate to hold it together!
This hard-hitting story shows the effects that alcoholism has on the sufferer and those around them. Told from both Romily and Celeste’s point of view we find ourselves witnessing the battle with the bottle from many perspectives.
It is rare to find a book that has you connecting emotionally with all the characters but somehow Another Love manages it.
Although my heart went out to Celeste and everything she witnessed it was David that I felt the most for. It broke my heart when he told Romily the way her illness had affected their lives, this man fought to protect his daughter and save his family.
At the end of the day, we must remember that alcoholism is an illness, once it takes hold the sufferer has a constant battle with their own will and although at times I found myself longing to shake Romily I never stopped liking her.
It wouldn’t seem right to talk about the characters and not mention Father Brian and Annie, these two people showed strength, inspiration and help when it was needed most.
This is a phenomenal read that speaks volumes!