I’m delighted to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for powerful and moving memoir Women Like Us by the always fabulous Amanda Prowse. Thank you to Kelly from Love Books Tours and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this raw and honest book.
About the book:
Amanda Prowse has built a bestselling career on the lives of fictional women. Now she turns the pen on her own life.
I guess the first question to ask is, what kind of woman am I? Well, you know those women who saunter into a room, immaculately coiffed and primped from head to toe?
If you look behind her, you’ll see me.
From her childhood, where there was no blueprint for success, to building a career as a bestselling novelist against all odds, Amanda Prowse explores what it means to be a woman in a world where popularity, slimness, beauty and youth are currency—and how she overcame all of that to forge her own path to happiness.
Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious and always entirely relatable, Prowse details her early struggles with self-esteem and how she coped with the frustrating expectations others had of how she should live. Most poignantly, she delves into her toxic relationship with food, the hardest addiction she has ever known, and how she journeyed out the other side.
One of the most candid memoirs you’re ever likely to read, Women Like Us provides welcome insight into how it is possible—against the odds—to overcome insecurity, body consciousness and the ubiquitous imposter syndrome to find happiness and success, from a woman who’s done it all, and then some.
About the author:
Amanda Prowse is an internationally bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know 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. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016 and The Boy Between a World Book Night title in 2022. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’.
Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
You can follow her @mrsamandaprowse on all social media or sign up for her newsletter at http://www.amandaprowse.com. Or follow her on Substack: Tangerine by Amanda Prowse.
Women Like Us by bestselling author Amanda Prowse is a memoir unlike any I’ve ever read before. So completely relatable, this book spoke to me on such a personal level that, from the very first page, it felt as though the woman Amanda was describing could just as easily have been me. From her toxic relationship with food to always feeling like she didn’t quite fit in, I could relate to so much of what she was saying. I’ve been a fan of Amanda and her writing for a long time and this gorgeously written, eye opening memoir just reinforces the reasons why I’ve always admired her as much as I have.
Women Like Us is a raw and honest memoir that tells the moving story of Amanda’s life, from her humble beginnings growing up in a close knit family right through to the present day and the extraordinary success she’s made of her life so far. This is a woman who has been through so much but continues to be warm and empathetic towards others, which comes across so clearly in every word that she writes. Written with warmth and humour, Women Like Us is an extraordinarily insightful memoir that touches on deeply personal issues such as body consciousness, lack of self esteem and food addiction. It is without a doubt an emotional rollercoaster of a read, but also one that had me laughing out loud at times, Amanda’s warmth and infectious sense of humour bringing a softness to the proceedings that really do turn this book into something rather special.
Women Like Us is the story of a woman who, in spite of everything she’s been through, has never allowed anything to hold her back and has achieved more happiness and success in her life than most of us could only ever dream of. I have to admit there are some parts of Amanda’s story that I found incredibly difficult to read at times as I could identify with so much of what was written between the pages of this intensely personal and beautifully written book. I honestly don’t have the words to describe how Amanda’s words made me feel other than to say that this is a book that will stay with me always.
Amanda Prowse has written a powerful and emotionally intense memoir that I believe everyone should read. What more can I say? I absolutely adored it!
Women Like Us by Amanda Prowse is available to purchase now.