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A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi's struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life's darkest moments.

©2016 Amanda Prowse (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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ok .. not great just ok

i found it quite a flat story with no real highs or lows. i kept listening expecting something "wow" to happen but it didnt. i had no feelings for the main characters .. actually i found them frustrating .. narrator was very good though

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Girl starves herself, and that's about it...

...for this story.

I read The Art of Hiding by the same author and enjoyed it, so I thought I'd try this. It was not the book for me.

If you already know about anorexia, don't bother with this. 80 percent of the books is Lexi starving herself. Little else happens. The POV is from the mother's perspective, and she's well rounded. The other two characters are the husband and other daughter--not so well developed, especially the sister.

If you have anorexia or know someone who does, maybe this is the book for you. The writing is good and the thought process and actions of a person with anorexia as well as the physical manifestations are well detailed.

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AP fan

AP has a way of drawing me in with the topics of the day I didn't think that I'd really be interested in a story about an eating disorder but once again she puts it down as if I know the struggle this family is going through that any family can be going through with any type of problem or conflict so she has a great gift of making this seem real and clearly the topics she chooses and How Deeply she gets into the family Dynamics I enjoy listening to her I think I don't care what she writes about I just want her to read to me I enjoy her narrations to say the least

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Will tear your heart out

I consider myself a pretty hard man. I've fought in combat, jumped out of airplanes, raced in Ironman triathlons but Amanda Prowse's story about how easy it is for a child to be struck by an eating disorder brought tears to my eyes.

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A very hard truth to read.

I found myself angry with the parents, even knowing their choices were impossible to make. Separating what's best for our children, and what they want is always difficult.

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Such a well told story

A heart-wrencing recount of a family stricken by anorexia. Absolutely necessary to listen to or read if you or your loved one are struggling with a similar disease.

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great story of such a terrible struggle

real eye opener. I wasn't familiar with how bad the disease really was. What a struggle.

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  • simplyswing
  • 04-09-17

The food of love

Wonderful read. Brilliant narration. I enjoyed this audio book immensely. Thank you. The characterization was extremely good.

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  • Lss
  • 03-01-17

loved it!

Amazing book so emotional and heart felt
The story really pulled me in and I found myself worrying about what would happen next I just had to finish the story.
I love all the books by Amanda Prowse

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  • Onion0
  • 01-11-18

Nothing happened!

This is just a book detailing how a girl got anorexia. Tears, worry, more tears, more worry etc etc. I just couldnt see the point of it. Characters were stereotypes and repetitive; no surprises. Analogies were used again and again (broken glass...urgh!). I kept listening as I was sure SOMETHING had to be around the next corner. But there never was. Infuriating.

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  • Will
  • 09-15-17

Amazing read

Any additional comments?

This book touches on the emotional struggle that families go through when a member is suffering from an eating disorder. It was very sensitively written and I will most certainly be recommending it to friends.

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  • Teresa R
  • 08-06-17

A moving rollercoaster

This book is the most moving book I have read/listened to.
You won't regret reading it.

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 07-29-17

Not an easy listen but a good one

Tough subject matter but sounded horribly truthful. Read well by the author though I think another narrator might have had the edge. Very well written book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-17

The Food of Love...

Hard hitting and beautifully written. A remarkable insight into a terrible illness. A must read.

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  • L. Long
  • 06-13-17

Brilliant

This was very difficult to listen to but it was gripping. I learnt so much and will now have a completely different understanding of the illness anorexia.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-17

A moving story

A very moving story of a families struggle to deal with and overcome the very real threat of anorexia. The story tells the ups and downs the family face and how the illness very nearly tears them apart.

The story had me on the edge of my seat with tears in my eyes imagining how the family must be feeling. This was my first Amanda Prowse book and I will without doubt be reading more.

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  • jill rosemary lee
  • 06-07-17

The food of love

I thoroughly enjoyed this book it was emotional and very well written. The author made me so aware of the huge difficultiies the family faced.

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  • Annie
  • 06-18-18

Very heart wrenching - wonderful

Brilliant - the fight of eating disorders - is a fight of the family -this story is a great representation of the life of anorexia and how it effects the whole family- and great to have it “out there” to make people aware. Well worth the read/ audio

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  • Amy Strong
  • 07-27-17

Great story. difficult ending.

i think with this story it would have been difficult to end it regardless of what happened. Eating disorders are such an emotive topic and recovery usually takes years and years. The ending of this book seemed sudden and a little unbelievable but on reflection how else could Amanda Prowes have ended it?
i feel like the reviews where people are saying its unrealistic for the parents to act like that have never worked with eating disorders or parents. i have seen mothers act that way. Was their relationship immeshed? yes! is that unbelievable? no. i wont go into it more but i will bet you that if lexi had more relapses the behaviours of the parents in particular the mother would have changed.
not one of amandas best but still a good read/listen.