Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m so thrilled to be kicking the tour off with a fabulous extract from The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse!
The Coordinates of Loss
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?
Rachel always thought it felt like a gift to wake up smiling.
Today was no different.
She stretched her tanned arm over her head and took a deep breath, considering that this, the gentle rocking of a boat, was quite possibly the best alarm clock in the whole wide world. Her mind flitted to the cold winter mornings of her youth when her dad whistled through the flimsy bathroom wall as he shaved, rain beating on the double-glazed picture windows and the smell of toast wafting up the stairs of her mum and dad’s flat-fronted 1970s house. It had been a struggle to heft her body from the warm nest of duvet that covered the dip in the mattress where she liked to curl. A struggle and a chore, the promise of a loo floor, chilly underfoot, and the long walk to school along grey pavements, avoiding the spray from speeding lorries, no real incentive to get on with the job.
This morning, she nestled back on to the soft mattress and took another deep breath that developed into a yawn. Slowly she opened one eye, closing it again quickly. Sunlight filtered in from the hatch above their bed in the rear berth, warming the air into a pleasant fug that cocooned them in this tiny space. There was something unique about sleeping like this, in a boat out on the ocean. It felt like an island, an oasis, away from the pace of real life; away from everything. Safe and sound, away from traffic, machinery, people and all the things that might bring them harm. It was as close to heaven as she could imagine.
It always took her one night to settle into the pace of life on the boat, and as she lay there, after the first night of three out at sea, she knew she had arrived. The rest of the trip stretched out ahead of them like a promise and she could barely quell the leap of happiness in her gut.
What’s on the agenda for today? Spot of fishing. Swimming. More swimming. Supper on the deck, maybe a bottle of fizz or a cold beer, as we watch the sunset . . .
She smiled and turned on to her side, running her finger over the strong, tanned back of her husband.
‘I am not prepared to wake up yet. So you can cut that out,’ James groaned, in the groggy voice she knew meant that they had gone one bottle too many in the champagne stakes last night.
She laughed her throaty chuckle. ‘I told you we should call it a day after that first bottle, but no.’ She leaned forward and kissed his skin. ‘Come on! Life is for the living! That’s what you said.’
That was wonderful!!
The Coordinates of Loss by Amanda Prowse is published on 25th September 2018 by Lake Union Publishing and available to buy here: http://amzn.eu/d/9RDjJIT
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose has had twenty novels published in dozens of languages. Her 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.
Published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is know as ‘The Queen of heartbreak fiction’ and she is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently 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 Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.
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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…
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Huge thanks to Amanda Prowse, Annabelle Wright and EDPR for my review copy and blog tour invite!