• To Love and Be Loved

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Amanda Prowse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?

Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbors.

It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.

Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realize what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?

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I don’t like leaving bad reviews but…..😬

First I’d like to say that I really enjoy reading books by Amanda Prowse❤️She’s a wonderful author who creates beautifully written stories but unfortunately for me personally this wasn’t one of them.

I do want to make it clear that what I found very difficult to adjust to was the main character….That is what ruined the otherwise what could have been a good storyline for me. She was created as a very whiny and a very self absorbed woman who continuously has pity parties (concerning the SAME topic) for herself while barely (if at all) considering the feelings of those around her. Whom might I add, she claims to love SO DEARLY. She’s supposed to be a likable character but this gets lost in a repetitive self absorbed pity party from beginning to end.

*SPOILER ALERT*
Prowse created a woman who yes had the strength to leave all she has ever known behind to find a good job that she excels at….to be able to stand on her own two feet without having to rely on anyone while also leaving everyone she loves behind…..BUT…..I found her “strength” to be very contradictory to the storyline….

She left because she didn’t want to face being the “talk of the town”….she left because she couldn’t face the man she loves because he left her standing at the alter…..she left because she was mortified and didn’t want people to pity her, yet she CONTINUOUSLY pities herself…She doesn’t even visit her family (whom she’s VERY CLOSE TO and would do anything for) for TWO YEARS….and even then she nearly fakes being ill so she doesn’t have to go back….AND she only lives 3 hours away at that….She doesn’t even go to her own grandmothers funeral (who once again is someone she’s very close to and loves very much) because SHE doesn’t want to be mortified once again about being left standing at the alter…because SHE can’t handle being in that church….because SHE doesn’t want to risk running into her ex-fiance or his family….I found it VERY DIFFICULT to hear how WHINY she is concerning this topic….ITS TOO REPETITIVE….the words, the phrases…. the lack of who the hell cares what people think of you attitude that SHOULD be there in THIS particular character…ESPECIALLY if we are to believe she is who we are SUPPOSED to believe she is….It just doesn’t “fit”.

As the readers all we hear are her repetitive complaints….REPETITIVE😒I understand loss, VERY DIFFICULT LOSSES…as well as the many DIFFERENT kinds of LOSSES we can experience in life…I understand having to start over etc….
But…..for me personally there are TOO MANY contradictions to what I believe Amanda Prowse is trying to relay to the readers with her main character in connection to the storyline….

Once again though, this is my own personal opinion…So I don’t want to deter others from giving it a shot❤️ I did want to give my honest review of the book though❤️


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A roller coaster of a read that I simply couldn’t

I’ve long been a lover of Prowse’s books. She has the most incredible ability to reach into the very heart of peoples emotions, so that reading them feels as though you are right there with them.
This was beautiful, crafted in a way that had perfect pace, and which it was impossible not to be drawn into the tumult of emotion.
I cried… no correction… I sobbed along with Merrin and her family, right through the very end.
I recommend to anyone who loves stories that portray real emotions and the kind of things that happen to everyone during their lifetime.

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Great book

Great book about family and friends who a love of the sea in a small village.

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Another triumph for Prowse

Prowse explores love, loss, and redemption as only she can in this novel set on the coast of Cornwall. With deeply nuanced characters and plot twists I didn’t see coming, I couldn’t put this down. The author’s skillful narration makes this a joy.

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This is a story about loss and heartache but also one of love that comes in many forms.

Amanda Prowse has proven time and time again to be a captivating story teller! Merrina is young girl that after having her heart broken, realizes that she’s stronger than she believed and surrounded by the unconditional love of family and friends.

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  • JJ1
  • 02-26-22

to love and be loved

love is a strange concept and it hurts when it os thrown back in your face on your wedding day. then there is love for family and that hurts just as much when someone dies. this book explores both aspects and the pain is felt through each character.

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  • fiona moore
  • 01-14-22

Recommended Reading

5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Really enjoyed this book. Brilliant storytelling as always from the excellent Amanda Prowse. Would highly recommend - enjoy!

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  • T
  • 08-11-22

A wonderfully written story of life loss and love

best written book I've read in ages. story was captivating. and loved the narration by the author

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  • steph tarrier
  • 08-08-22

Brilliant

Loved every minute of it thank you love listening to Amanda prowse books. Much love

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  • cronson01
  • 06-23-22

Another good read

Love the author, another great audio book read by herself and well written 👍

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  • Shelby
  • 06-18-22

Boring book

Found this book very boring. One of the worst books I’ve read in a long while. So boring and long winded and full of self pity. A book you could walk away from,leave playing and come back and not miss a thing.

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  • Linda
  • 05-16-22

Boring and long-winded

This story was so drawn out it was frustrating. I found all the characters annoying and caricatures. They seemed to have very old-fashioned attitudes. I had to give up after the first few chapters when I realised it was never going to get going.

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  • victoria radhanauth
  • 02-15-22

Made me laugh and cry. Beautifully written

loved the relationships in this book. I laughed out loud many times whilst reading. Great read

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  • EmmaRay
  • 02-14-22

Good story

Loved the story and when in character the narration. But struggled with the time of narration when it was not a character. Sounded a bit depressing. Great story and good characters.

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  • Chrysallis
  • 02-14-22

I was bored and frustrated

I am sorry but I found this to be boring and saccharine sweet and the timelines didn't fit the narrative.
I felt like slapping our protaganist for the way she behaved all through the book even to the bitter ending. it could have been a great story but was just immature.