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review 2017-08-23 06:13
Emotionally Intriguing
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding is a book about Nina McCarrick & her 2 boys Connor & Declan overcoming losing their patriarch Finn McCarrick. Finn has died & left category 12 hurricane destruction in his wake. So instead of mourning their loss, the McCarrick family is figuring out where & how to live, 1 week after losing Finn. Which is may very well destroy their love for Finn.

 

Nina has become a recluse housewife with no friends, job or outside social circle, she doesn't know who to call when her picture perfect Martha Stewart life starts imploding. Ignoring the warnings to preserve what she can immediately, Nina's world is shattered. Surprise! They're bankrupt, courtesy of Finn, now deceased. The creditors are taking what is owed them, including the house. Now she has to find a way to comfort her boys in a way she never imagined. Connor & Declan just want their Dad to fix everything, just like he always has. Except now, he is the reason their lives will never be the same.

 

Gone are the private school, luxury vacations & posh house. The McCarricks are destitute. Relying on her estranged sister Tiggy, Nina goes "home" to the impoverished neighborhood of her childhood. Here the McCarrick family's love for Finn will be tested, as they navigate an unimaginable life. Trying to figure out if Finn abandoned them or if fate really did deal them a treacherous hand. Either way, the Mccarricks have to find a way to live again. Even if it means being poor, together.

 

I gave The Art of Hiding 3 stars because it took some sensitive albeit complex subjects, & skimmed over them. Personally for me, if you're going to add some darkness to the plot, go all in. When you realize where the title comes from though, it gives you that bitter sweet affinity for the whole story.

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review 2017-08-23 04:07
Slow Pace
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding started out interesting enough. The author has a good writing style and the story flows well in the beginning. Nina's loss is truly heartbreaking and then she's blindsided by circumstances that were kept hidden from her. When I read the blurb, I did have a slightly different idea of what this story would be about and that assumption was my own fault. That, in itself, wouldn't have bothered me. What did bother me was the way the story started to lag about a quarter of the way through. We're told, repeatedly, that Nina grew up poor, so I didn't quite get her naiveté when it came to money matters. We don't really get much about Finn, other than a few memories and the fact that he kept problems hidden from Nina. From what is told, I got the impression of someone who was a little controlling and wanted to keep the "little wife" at home. Once the pace of the story slowed down, it started to lose me and most of the book was pretty depressing. While I can understand and sympathize with Nina's circumstances, she drones on and on about the same things and starts to come across as whiny. That, combined with the slow pace, left me feeling a little ambivalent about how this one played out. 

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review 2017-08-22 00:00
The Art of Hiding
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse The Art of Hiding is a book about Nina McCarrick & her 2 boys Connor & Declan overcoming losing their patriarch Finn McCarrick. Finn has died & left category 12 hurricane destruction in his wake. So instead of mourning their loss, the McCarrick family is figuring out where & how to live, 1 week after losing Finn. Which is may very well destroy their love for Finn.

Nina has become a recluse housewife with no friends, job or outside social circle, she doesn't know who to call when her picture perfect Martha Stewart life starts imploding. Ignoring the warnings to preserve what she can immediately, Nina's world is shattered. Surprise! They're bankrupt, courtesy of Finn, now deceased. The creditors are taking what is owed them, including the house. Now she has to find a way to comfort her boys in a way she never imagined. Connor & Declan just want their Dad to fix everything, just like he always has. Except now, he is the reason their lives will never be the same.

Gone are the private school, luxury vacations & posh house. The McCarricks are destitute. Relying on her estranged sister Tiggy, Nina goes "home" to the impoverished neighborhood of her childhood. Here the McCarrick family's love for Finn will be tested, as they navigate an unimaginable life. Trying to figure out if Finn abandoned them or if fate really did deal them a treacherous hand. Either way, the Mccarricks have to find a way to live again. Even if it means being poor, together.

I gave The Art of Hiding 3 stars because it took some sensitive albeit complex subjects, & skimmed over them. Personally for me, if you're going to add some darkness to the plot, go all in. When you realize where the title comes from though, it gives you that bitter sweet affinity for the whole story.
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Lady with Book in Garden (1892) by Frantisek (Franz) Dvorak [x]

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review 2017-08-17 02:02
The Art of HIding
The Art of Hiding - Amanda Prowse

This novel hit the nail on the head with a powerful message that everyone should listen to. As individuals marry each other, what happens to each of the individuals as they combine their lives? Do they give up a part of themselves, do they relinquish total control as trust should be part of their marriage or do they maintain their own identity and honesty takes center stage. There are a lot of things that come into play when two individuals marry and they start their lives together. Trust, honesty, communication, their personality and their past are a few of the major ones. As I read this novel, I found myself thinking about individuals in my own life and how this novel relates to them. What kind of reality would they be living if they found themselves alone without their spouse? Would they be able to carry on without much interruption in the life that they had before? Would ghosts start coming out of the attic, making the individuals wonder about their past lives? Do they begin to realize that they were perhaps too comfy in their relationship and don’t know how to handle all the new responsibility? It’s something we all should be thinking about and this novel brings that to light.

 

When Nina discovers that her husband Finn has died, it comes as a shock. With two children to care for, Nina doesn’t worry about the future as she feels that their lives will continue to run just as they have before. There will be money from insurance and they have accumulated assets throughout their marriage, these will keep the family up and running. It sounds good but then reality comes creeping in and Nina realizes the truth. When the children’s school calls, telling her that they are behind on payments and that they need their money immediately, Nina is confused. Finn was always been on top of the financials for the family and she feels that these payments must have slipped his mind. He has been extremely busy; his new business is taking up most of his time and energy. When the money transfer doesn’t go through that Nina initiated to the school, Nina finally talks to their accountant and realizes that there is no money. She is also told of a huge debt that her husband owes, one that he hid from her and now she is in charge of paying it off also. What happened? Where did all their money go? It’s monumental when the family begins to lose everything they have acquired over the years and they find themselves facing a new situation. It’s an eye-opener what this family goes through as they try to make sense of their current situation and deal with the death of their husband and father. I felt for them as they questioned their future and they try to make a go-at-it. I really enjoyed this novel and I think what their family went through is a reality check for its readers.
I want to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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