Published: 17th July 2014
Publisher: Head Of Zeus
Poppy Day is looking forward to her best year yet. She’s thirty-two, married to her childhood sweetheart, and a full-time mum of two gorgeous children. She loves her clean little house in the countryside – a far cry from the London estate where she grew up. Her husband Mart, a soldier, has just returned safe and sound from his latest tour.
But Poppy is so busy caring for others, she hasn’t noticed the fatigue in her body, or the menacing lump growing on her breast. If there’s anyone strong and deserving enough to defeat cancer it’s Poppy. After all, she’s fought harder battles than this. But does life really work like that?
Thank you to Midas PR for kindly sending me a copy.
In the prologue, Poppy has just married the love of her life – Martin. They’re crazy about one another and that love doesn’t seem to fade away anytime soon as we cross over into the present day. It’s the beginning of the New Year and the Cricket family are looking forward to being positive and having nothing effect them. That’s when the trauma kicks in.
When Poppy discovers that she has Cancer, readers will find it very difficult to smile as the pain unfolds from Poppy’s heart to your own. In regards to Amanda’s writing, I thought she was extremely brave to write about the nasty disease but she did it justice. 1 in 3 women suffer from Breast Cancer and it’s not just the victim who is affected. Amanda wrote the Cancer scenes with a lot of care and her understanding of the medical issues came across very well. I didn’t question Poppy’s motives once as everyone deals with Cancer differently. It’s like being in mourning – you can’t tell someone how to cope and I’m sure another author may have wrote the book a completely different way but that goes to prove how different the views of Cancer are.
I could talk about this novel all day long, but it’s one which you really have to read for yourself. A lot of other book bloggers cried their way through the pages, but not me. I thought the ending was very sad, but beautifully written. Amanda has done herself and her readers proud.