Review : The Boy Between by @MrsAmandaProwse and her son Josiah Hartley ~ @BOTBSPublicity #nonfiction

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The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley 

Josiah and Amanda share their experiences, Josiah of his suicidal depression and Amanda as a mum going through hell trying to deal with with not only her son’s pain but her own, too.   

This is such a heartfelt book, and I am truly grateful that both Josiah and Amanda have been able to open their hearts and share their point of views about such a painful time in their lives. This definitely struck a chord with me having been through a very similar thing with a family member.  Everybody should read this, whether they know someone with depression, or not.  It will open your eyes and help you understand what people are going through. Especially if you have university aged students, or indeed are one yourself.  It can happen to anyone, whatever your age, or background. 

It’s an intense and honest book, full of emotion. I can’t recommend this enough! 

Many thanks to NetGalley, Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From Amazon

The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley 



Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty five novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.  Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine


A keen environmentalist and animal lover, Josiah (Josh) Hartley lives in a remote farmhouse in the West Country with his two idle and arrogant French Bulldogs, Dottie and Beau. Happiest following the music scene in Bristol, at a festival or watching rugby with his mates, Josh enjoys the outdoor life and often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down.

After a stint at the University of Southampton, another at the University of Bristol and one planned suicide, Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Between carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It is a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope – the proof being that Josh is still here and excited about what comes next. He’s ready to catch any opportunity that life throws his way; quite a thing for someone who only a few years ago was living in a world gone grey, ready to disappear from the face of the earth…

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Author: Sassy Brit, Author Assistant

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1 thought on “Review : The Boy Between by @MrsAmandaProwse and her son Josiah Hartley ~ @BOTBSPublicity #nonfiction

  1. Sarah Hardy – Leeds, England – I'm Sarah, I'm self employed and in my spare time I love to read. Due to my love of reading I thought I would set up a blog to share with people my thoughts on the books i've read.
    Sarah Hardy says:

    Thanks so much for being part of the blog tour today. x

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