Published: Head of Zeus
Date: February 11th 2016
Source: Thanks to Publisher via NetGalley
Romilly had worked hard for her stunning, modern house in one of Bristol's most fashionable suburbs. She adored her gorgeous, gap-toothed daughter and her kind and handsome husband. Sure, life was sometimes exhausting - but nothing that a large glass of wine at the end of the day couldn't fix.
But then, as deep-buried insecurities surfaced, everything started to unravel. A glass of wine became a bottle; one bottle became two. Once, Romilly's family were everything to her. Now, after years of hiding the drinking, she must finally admit that she has found another love...
Romilly - wife of David, eventually mother of Celeste has it all, yet there is an insecurity to her. She is beautiful and intelligent, and an etymologist. In spite of having what seems like everything, she finds Another Love. In this story Amanda Prowse explores the depths of where a woman can descend when her life becomes ruled by the need to reach for alcohol. Whenever something triggers her anxiety or insecurity Romilly reaches for the bottle.
For some time she manages to keep her family life and work ticking over, however there comes a time when her friends and husband call her on her drinking. Yet Romilly is not ready to face the problem, as far as she is concerned she is not an alcoholic. The woman who moves into the next door house is no help and often leads Romilly off on a drinking binge.
This is not an easy book to read. Prowse does not spare us in the details of the aftermath of a drinking binge. Those details are raw and saddening. She shows us what can be lost when the ravages of alcoholism are rampant. Anyone who has seen a family member go beyond them into the ravages of drugs or alcohol, will know the anguish, anger and powerlessness that family members feel as they see their loved one claimed by the addiction.
The story is told mostly in the third person but from the point of view of Rom. Interspaced with this are short first person accounts by Celeste her daughter. From her viewpoint we see what it is like for the child of an alcoholic parent. Heartache for both her and Rom, the mother/daughter relationship damaged. Will it every be restored in any way?
There is loss and much heartache. There is moving on. There is hope and the possibility of redemption. With support and grit, Romilly takes steps to claim her life back for herself. Paying the cost along the way. A moving and powerful story.