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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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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-08-2020

Informative

This book is a little dry and slow but it does give a very informative view of life dealing with anorexia and how it effects the entire family.

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  • AJ
  • 31-07-2020

Spellbinding

This book was spellbinding, frightening, terrifying...
Ms Prowse must have a personal experience
With this terrifying disease.
As always, her narration is flawless!!

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  • 05-05-2020

Food of Love Not Digestible for Me

I did not care for the storyline so much. I got impatient with the mother because of her blind and soft "afraid of hurting Lexi's feelings" treatment to the point of almost letting her die.

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  • Beth B
  • 04-03-2020

Powerful and emotional

Difficult in many ways to hear but beautifully written and read. I found it an eye opener about a terrible illness and well worth hearing the story. I loved the characters in this book and the amazing relationship of the parents.
The story is raw but so poignant.

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  • Vanessa Y
  • 29-08-2019

I Loved It

Somethings are hard for a family to face & go through. There were sad times & great times in this book, I really enjoyed it & I look forward to reading/listening to more by this author.

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  • Leisha
  • 19-07-2018

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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  • NMwritergal
  • 05-07-2018

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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  • Todd Kinsey
  • 28-07-2017

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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  • 27-09-2017

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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  • Donna
  • 08-05-2017

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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  • simplyswing
  • 09-04-2017

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
  • 01-03-2017

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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  • J. Brown
  • 06-03-2020

Gut wrenching

Difficult subject. Gave me a better understanding of the subject. in tears a lot of the time. Glad I stuck with it. great narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2021

So enlightening.

So enlightening as to the terrible struggles and effects of anorexia, both on the sufferer, but also their family. A very heart wrenching and so at times a difficult listen, but totally absorbing. Thank you Amanda for educating me.

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  • elliebee
  • 09-01-2021

Not very impressed.

Considering these parents, Freya and Lockie are portrayed as educated 'middle class' people, and they have two teenagers, they seem very uninformed about Anorexia and Bulimia; I assumed all parents would have at some stage read articles and watched documentaries about them, especially with the obsession a lot of young people have now about body image.
Freya has her articles about all aspects of healthy eating published and she sounds totally obsessed with cooking these meals for her family, even though her husband is gagging for some chips!!
She says she has often commented on overweight people and how gross they look due to eating fatty food. The problem with all this is that her obsession is all too extreme and although the one daughter hasn't shown signs of an eating disorder obviously Lexi has, with traumatic consequences.
I'm not a doctor, these are just my personal opinions formed when I studied psychology many years ago.

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  • Karen
  • 15-06-2020

The food of love

Another absolutely excellent book by Amanda Prowse. Such detail , sensitivity respect and dignity for families suffering this mental illness. A must read for anybody interested in Anorexia.

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  • irene tracy puffett
  • 15-11-2019

Wow!

What a heart rending story. Beautifully written and thoughtfully read. An emotional rollercoaster. Thank you.

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  • A. Richards
  • 26-09-2019

heart wrenching

About a family that struggle with a child with anorexia and how they cope, willing their daughter to pull through.

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  • Saedia Bibi
  • 22-08-2019

Emotional and Powerful

Such a powerful subject to write about and done so beautifully, a must read :)

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  • Ms simplydebs
  • 20-08-2019

disturbing but brilliant

very disturbing read but well narrated and extremely well written. I connected with all the characters, I couldnt stop listening and felt myself praying for lexie and her family. heartbreaking what this family went through.

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