Review of THE LIGHT IN THE HALLWAY by Amanda Prowse

This is basically a clean read and is available at your local bookseller or online.

This was a realistic look at what happens to someone’s life when they suffer a devastating loss and must move on. Nick and Kerry were childhood sweethearts and have a teen son named Ollie. When Kerry gets cancer, everything goes downhill quickly and Nick has to say goodbye all too soon. He is not ready to let go of Kerry, nor is Nick ready to help Ollie deal with the loss of his mother. The story is a sad, portraying the emotional journey that one takes after loss. Nick and Ollie are trying to find themselves and who they are supposed to be without Kerry. I really liked the flashback at the end of each chapter to 1992, a year when Nick was working with his friends to build a bicycle out of spare parts that they find. The story was slow-paced and not terribly interesting at times, but it did offer a fascinating and well-done character study of the main characters going through some complicated problems like dating, going to college and dealing with in-laws. I knew the ending was coming, with everything all wrapped up a a bow and all issues resolved, but it seemed to come too fast, so it wasn’t very realistic. This book is contemporary fiction and will appeal to fans of modern fiction that tugs on heartstrings.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

My rating:

The reason for my rating is the hurried and unrealistic ending. But the book is well worth reading, if only to find out the meaning of the title.

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Happy reading, my friends!

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