Very Very Lucky, a review by Shelley

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Amanda Prowse

Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
378 Pages
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No matter what, you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and you keep going, and one day you’ll look up and it’s behind you. You might never be the same again or you might be changed, but it’ll be behind you.

I love Amanda Prowse’s books, this one is my seventh by her. She never disappoints me, and Very Very Lucky is no exception. Emma is of the sandwich generation, looking after her children and her mother all while holding down a job. Emma has a lot to be thankful for and I understand how it can be hard to not feel sorry for one’s self when you’re in the thick of it and we have to remind ourselves that it is the little things that make life worth living.

There were many moments of laughter reading this story but also some very serious topical matters. The characters are dealing with some heavy issues such as grief, suicidal thoughts, and terminal illness but the way the author chooses to have her characters deal with them with love and humour touched me and it was also done in a very sensitive manner.

I loved the characters in this tale, they were so real and relatable, especially our main character, Emma. I enjoyed reading about her and her support group of friends and family, watching them learn that it’s never too late to make new friends who can be a surrogate family and that while reaching out and helping others often we can help ourselves as well. There are no easy answers to tough times but many little steps can lead to big steps forward.

This was such a clever story that I got totally absorbed in, written with warmth and compassion. It is a thoughtful, moving book and Prowse makes it very clear that although we all go through difficult times having a lot of support from friends and family makes us very very lucky indeed.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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