The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

There are times when the stars align and the right book at the right time falls into my hands. That is what happened with this book. I have honestly seen this plot in other books with some tweaks, but I have not enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed this book. Also, the idea of a woman learning to stand on her own and overcome some huge obstacles is always something that moves me. I think the reason this book struck such a nerve is that the author created characters that felt real, especially the main character. It was easy to walk in Nina’s shoes as she dealt with the death of her husband, learned of the big lie he told, and relocated her sons. The dialog between her and Tiggy, her sister, was so indicative of what sisters would say in real life. The story never lagged and went pretty fast. There were times when I felt tears forming and times when I cheered.  Maybe my connection to this book stems from the similarities I have with the main character. She had two boys- I have two girls. She grew up in poverty- I grew up in poverty. She married a higher social class- I married a higher social class. I will absolutely talk this book over with other readers.



Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.



Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published sixteen novels in dozens of languages. Her recent chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Food of Love’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched in the USA and she has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Drama’ for her ability to make the reader feel as if they were actually in the story.
Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.
Become friends with Amanda on Facebook: AmandaProwseAuthor and follow her on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse or Instagram: MrsAmandaProwse. For more information on her books, lifestyle and inspirational advice see
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse…
‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine

**I recieved a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review**


  1. I love it when the characters relate to me as a person. Rarely it happens but hey, when it does there is nothing like it. On a different note, the characters I relate to are often not the protagonist, not sure what that says about me!

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  2. Being able to personally connect with characters makes me love a book even more. Also, I love this cover! It’s simple but beautiful.

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