Book Review: The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

The Fiction Cafe Reading Challenge – 1. A book about Mental Health

Published: 01/12/2016
364 pages
Kindle edition

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 confronts unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.


Oh my poor heart! This book just ripped me apart, raw emotions seeping from every page. The struggles of this family are so real, not only in this book but for so many families around the world. That’s what made this book so much more powerful.

Lexi’s unhealthy relationship with food doesn’t just affect her as an individual but wrecks the whole family. Everyday struggle with feeding, checking her weight, mood swings, buckets of tears of her parents as well as her own. Everyday fight for her life, ways to show her that life is worth fighting for even if it doesn’t feel like it. Parents watching their daughter slowly disappearing, dying in front of their eyes. All emotions are just so strong and real.

Amanda Prowse chose a very difficult subject and put her heart and soul into it. It was described so well, with so much detail, you felt as if it was your family or loved ones going through this fight. Yes, this book is not the easiest read, it touches you and changes you. But no, you can’t give it a miss. You just need to read it and experience it with Braithwaite’s.


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