Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams.
She would have a career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.
But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then her mother moved in, and now their little terrace is bursting at the seams.
Jacks gave up on her dreams to look after her family. If only, just for once, her family would look after her…
This was my first introduction to an Amanda Prowse novel, they have been on my radar for a while but I hadn’t got around to picking one up yet. Winning Perfect Daughter in a giveaway gave me the ideal opportunity to get my teeth into one of the novel’s and now I definitely need to dig through the back catalogue!
Perfect Daughter introduces us to Jacks and her family, Weston-super-Mare natives who like all families have their ups and downs. We see Jacks living her life now which isn’t a bed of roses, whilst reminiscing on her childhood when she dreamt of leaving Weston behind her and taking on the world.
At just 36, Jacks is caring for a teenage daughter, a young son, her husband, and her Mother with dementia, all in a small home where everyone trips over each other. I felt such an affinity with her, as someone of the same age with a very different life to her I felt such a pull to her plight and feelings of being tied down and trapped.
As we learn more about her life and what she had wanted from her life we see where some things went wrong, where other things went right and where secrets have trapped not only her but other members of her family on a path to their current situation.
Jacks learns how dwelling on the past can cloud the good things right in front of her and to be a better daughter, wife, and mother while fixing the mistakes of the past.
I loved the Westcountry setting, there isn’t enough of the Westcountry in books, especially with the dialect and slang so well integrated. It was obvious that Amanda is familiar with the area aswell from the descriptions of locations as from knowing the area myself I knew exactly where she was speaking about each time.
This is a bit of a tearjerker, and I advise having some tissues on hand! I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to picking up another Amanda Prowse novel very soon.
A huge thanks to Amanda Prowse and Head of Zeus for the signed hardcover via Linda’s Book Bag.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Title: Perfect Daughter
Series: No Greater Courage
Author: Amanda Prowse
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 2 July 2015
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook, Paperback, Audio
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