Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Review: The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse
Nina came from meager beginnings and was looking forward to becoming a nurse after high school but one day while visiting a construction site with her father Nina's whole life changes. She meets Finn. He is older, successful, and owns his own company. They fall in love and before she knows it, Nina has the comfortable and luxurious life she always wanted. Years pass by with Nina busy caring for her husband and her 2 boys, Connor and Declan. A twist of fate destroys the life Nina and her sons have known in the blink of an eye. They are forced to start all over again in Nina's hometown with hardly anything left to their names. The rest of the story is one of hope and finding the strength to be happy with what you have not miserable thinking about what you don't.
Reading Nina's story of life after tragic loss helps put in perspective the whole question of whether or not money can buy happiness. Nina had what she considered to be the perfect life with the exception of always feeling isolated and timid around the other families in their prestigious neighborhood. The aftermath of her life blowing up is realizing that money and material things can certainly make life comfortable but it's the people and experiences in your life that bring true happiness.
The characters in the story are easy to relate to. I enjoyed seeing Nina's personal growth as well as that of her children. The one scene that stuck with the most happens at a sports banquet for her son Connor and is rugby team. He gets an award and in his acceptance speech he thanks Nina for always being strong and someone whom he could look at like a personal hero. This scene is very touching. It's the first time the reader gets to see Nina truly appreciate how far she has come and what survivors they all are.
I have seen some mixed reviews about this book but I just want to go on record and say that I really, really enjoyed this book. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wish that Nina had been just a little bit angrier and less zoned out when it all started to fall apart. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for granting me an ARC and being cool with me leaving my honest opinions of the book.