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Today I am reviewing The Split by Amanda Brookfield, published by Boldwood Books.


Two decades on from a passionate courtship and marriage, Lucas and Esther are getting divorced.  

For Esther, it’s proving hard not to feel bitter watching Lucas enjoying his successful career, not to mention the attentions of his gorgeous, intelligent, and predictably younger lover. She meanwhile is struggling to forge a new life for herself, navigating the pitfalls of modern dating, while trying not to despair at the cost of living as a single woman of a certain age.

Then Lucas faces a shattering accusation at the same time as their children Dylan and Lily, start to implode.  When Dylan runs away, and as his father fights to save his reputation, Lucas and Esther find themselves back in each other’s lives, whether they like it or not. 

Has too much water passed under the bridge, or will long-forgotten loyalties and feelings bring the family back together, just when they need each other the most? 

“Not every love story has a happily ever after…”

The Split delves into the fallout of a decades long marriage and how it effects the dynamics both as the family unit as a whole, as well as the impact for each individual and those around them.

This is a well written domestic drama and as my first read from Amanda Brookfield, was a great introduction to her work. What starts as a slow burn as the foundation is laid, does ramp up and with it the intrigue as to how it was all going to unfold. The characters are well fleshed out, flawed, but believable and the plot twists make it a very enjoyable read.

Thank you to Amanda Brookfield, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Split, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Amanda Brookfield is the bestselling author of 16 novels including Good Girls, her first book for Boldwood, Relative Love and Before I Knew You, as well as a memoir, For the Love of a Dog starring her Golden Doodle Mabel. She lives in London and has recently finished a year as Visiting Creative Fellow at University College Oxford.



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