The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Setting: England
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: August 22, 2017

Nina McCarrick has it all. Her house is magazine perfect. Her husband loves her and her sons. Her world comes crashing down when Finn's killed in a car accident. She learns Finn had a huge secret. His company's bust, he owes millions, and everything they own is being taken to pay off the large amounts of debt he accrued.

Left with no home, no car, and a community that's turned on them, Nina and her sons pick up and move to Nina's hometown. She only has enough cash for two months of rent. As a stay-at-home mom, Nina must struggle to find a job, help her boys adjust to the sudden move, and make a home in a small, shabby flat. It's not going to be easy, but they have no choice.

Strengths and Weaknesses

While my situation isn't exactly like Nina's, I do get part of it. I always said I'd return to the workforce after raising my two. When I did, I learned that employers frown upon stay-at-home moms and consider them to have no skills. Nina's struggle in that aspect was real. Even though I'd written blogs for several companies over the years, done plenty of volunteering, and worked for years as a travel agent before leaving to raise my children, it didn't matter. Nina runs into that same situation, and I really felt for her and found myself enthusiastically reading every page of The Art of Hiding.

I like that the boys' struggles were not ignored. You have 15-year-old Connor who's spent more than a decade in prep school. Public school is a harsh change. The same is true of 10-year-old Declan, who is a little more adaptable at his age, but even he misses things from the life he knew. I liked their inclusion and insight into the situation.

RTR's Bottom Line

I've seen a few reviews where people say they can't believe she wouldn't have a clue into their finances. It happens. I've seen it happen to friends and family. All it takes is one spouse or significant other insisting that they don't want to burden the other and love can be blinding. The Art of Hiding should be a reminder as to why it's important to be involved. It's an emotional story where you can take away so many lessons. I loved it.


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