This review is written with thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for my copy of The Food Of Love.
Freya Braithwaite has been married to Lockie for 19 years, and they have two teenage daughters, Charlotte and Lexi. On the outside, their life appears perfect, until Freya is called to a meeting with Lexi's form tutor, who shares some news which will change their lives forever.
From the outset of The Food Of Love, I was struck by the details in Prowse's descriptions, which are at their most vivid when Prowse is describing food. This meant that the theme of food, which runs throughout the novel, was never far from my mind as I was reading, which allowed me to build a picture of the family's life in a subtle way, as food plays a large part in their life.
The Food Of Love focuses on young people's mental health, and I was impressed by the research which Prowse has clearly undertaken thoroughly and used throughout the novel. This was particularly noticeable when Lexi explained her health issues to her friends and family. It allowed me to gain insight into how Lexi was feeling, and this allowed me to relate to, and sympathise with her character.
Towards the end of each chapter, the time frame of The Food Of Love shifts, and these sections appear to be set in the future. Each member of the family narrates part of these sections in first person as if they are addressing Lexi. At first, I found this confusing; however, as the novel progressed they served as a powerful narrative technique which demonstrated how Lexi's illness had affected her whole family, and the importance of the family unit. This gave the novel a poignant edge, which allowed me to emotionally engage with it.
The Food Of Love is the first book of Prowse's I have read, and having enjoyed her writing style and her ability to write sensitively about important issues, I will revisit her work in future.
The Food Of Love is published on 1st December and is available from Amazon.