Amanda Prowse believes that there is no greater force than a strong woman on a mission and no greater fuel for that mission than love…

Amanda-Prowse-Book-Shots-(22-of-26)It is the hand that steadies, the arms that hold and the blood that binds. It is the reason we go further, fight harder and cry longer. The heroines in the ‘No Greater Love’ series are women like you and I, they love without condition and they fight with conviction when that love is threatened. I take every step of their journey with them, willing them on from the sidelines; I hope you will too…

What Have I Done? Is Kathryn Brooker’s story, she is the kind of woman we would like to go for coffee with, the kind of person we see at school and in the supermarket, ‘a nice lady.’ Which I guess makes it all the more shocking when in the first paragraph we learn that she has murdered her husband and what is more, appears to have done so without remorse.

As her story unfolds, giving us an insight into the double life that she has lead, this shock turns to empathy and ultimately support as we will her to succeed in the life that she carves after committing this crime.

Someone asked me recently why Kathryn was so weak as to put up with her husband’s control and abuse for all those years? My answer was simple, she wasn’t. Quite the opposite, facing the world with a smile each day and doing all in her power to create the illusion of a happy family life for her kids, took strength, courage and devotion. It is these traits that enable her to keep going when her life has fallen apart, trying to re-connect with her children, without whom, her life is not worth living…

In researching this book, I have been staggered by the generosity of the women who have shared their stories. Smart, beautiful women whose recollections all started with a similar phrase, ‘he wasn’t like it when we met, in fact he was wonderful. The control was gradual, small things at first, until eventually I was isolated and vulnerable and that’s when it really began…’

These too were women who to the outside world, lead comfortable, normal lives and yet to see the quiver of their lip and the tremor of their hand as they recalled what it felt like to hear his car pull up and the sound of his key in the door, made me realise that it was anything but.

If one good thing comes out of reading the novel, I hope that women tell their daughters to trust that instinct when it tells you something is not right, to walk away and find someone who will treat you how you deserve to be treated. My mum did just that and she saved my life…

20130101_WHID Cover Hi ResKathryn Brooker is the headmaster’s wife. While her husband spends his days disciplining unruly teenagers in the grand halls of Mountbriers Academy, Kathryn spends hers baking scones for her son’s cricket match in a beautiful cottage in the manicured school grounds. In the evenings, when her husband strides home to compliment her cooking and kiss her hello – ignoring jokes from their children about grown-up lovebirds – Kathryn Brooker is the very picture of a fulfilled wife and mother. Anyone who peered through the downstairs sash window at the four figures sat easily around their scrubbed-pine kitchen table would see a happy family without a care in the world. They would envy Kathryn her perfect life. But they would be wrong. Kathryn is trapped in a nightmare. And she is about to do something to change it. Something only a truly desperate woman would do…


Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books and started writing full time five years ago. Her first novel Poppy Day was published in October 2011 and following appearances on SKY News, ITV and BBC reached No.1 in the Amazon Movers and Shakers chart along with numerous other Top 10 rankings on Amazon, in Supermarket Charts and Amazon rankings. Amanda is married and divides her time between working in London and home in the West Country.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse or visit http://www.amandaprowse.org.

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