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The Food of Love Audiobook

The Food of Love

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amy Strong 27/07/2017
    Amy Strong 27/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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  • Todd Kinsey
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    28/07/17
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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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  • Donna
    8/05/17
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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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  • Kelley Wamsley
    19/01/17
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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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  • Randi Kay Bucher
    12/12/16
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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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  • definitely worth a read
    6/08/17
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    "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
    Oxon, UK
    29/07/17
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    "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
    28/07/17
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    "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
    england
    13/06/17
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    "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
    11/06/17
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    "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
    7/06/17
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    "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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  • Nayu
    UK
    20/04/17
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    "Insightful to life with anorexia"
    What made the experience of listening to The Food of Love the most enjoyable?

    Until I wrote this review I hadn't realised that Amanda was the narrator, which is really cool because she knows exactly how each voice should be! & the voices work really well. Shortly after finishing this book it was temporarily unavailable on Audible, who I'm reviewing it for. It may be because closer to the end there were several parts which hadn't been edited out, where Amanda made a mistake in the narration and then repeated herself. I personally didn't mind this, one of the unintended out-takes was hilarious, and answered a question I'd had as to how audiobooks in general are recorded. Thankfully you can now purchase it!


    What other book might you compare The Food of Love to, and why?

    I haven't got one to compare it to.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Prowse – was your favourite?

    It's hard to define one as they were all so brilliantly narrated. I adore family centred reads, which this definitely is. How Lexi's anorexia is discovered had me in tears. Freya goes into a lot of denial which drives her husband potty (at one point I thought they'd split up because of their differing views about Lexi).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The lengths Lexi goes to avoid eating are so sad to read, knowing that many people in real life suffer similarly. What is most apparent is the bonds of love between all the family members. No matter how they feel about each individual situation, even when they are extremely mad at each other, they are linked through family love, and do what needs doing rather than what they want to do when times are tough.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot of discord, especially when Freya is trying to pretend Lexi is getting past the anorexia. I sighed a lot when Freya lived in lala land (aka denial), but as both the family and myself were shocked with more revelations about the seriousness of Lexi's condition, Freya and reality met up. It was interesting that Freya knew she was too close to Freya to take difficult decisions, which made the medical and psychological help provided by the medical team very welcome, as some things were taken out of their hands.<br/><br/>There was a very good depiction as to how anorexia affects siblings: poor Charlotte got forgotten about a lot while Lexi was the centre of their parents' interests. She had to skip out on going to events, especially when new disasters cropped up. Naturally Charlotte got a little bitter about it, but she was able to work though that in a sweet way that made me cry. This is an extremely shocking read, I think it's true-to-life too, and I had to take a few breaks in listening to it because it got a bit too hard at times, but that's a personal issue I have. I take a lot of things to heart, which is why I don't read lots of books like this close together. I love it, and I'm already looking forward to relistening to it! <br/><br/>I received a copy of this from Audible in exchange for an honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner

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  • simplyswing
    9/04/17
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    "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
    1/03/17
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    "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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  • Hazel
    1/03/17
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    "Not Prowses usuall standard."
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    Great subject matter but it was extremely repetitive. The ending seemed premature and so abrupt. The epilogue 'everyone lived happily ever after' just left me Baffled . How did she get over this hurdle? What happened to make her better? I guess we have to fill in the blanks ourselves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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