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The Coordinates of Loss

The Coordinates of Loss

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2000s: A woman awakens in the family boat to find her young child is no longer there

  • ISBN: 978-1503904958
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When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

Travel Guide


Paradise before the nightmare begins. A family drift out onto the ocean on a boat.Husband, wife and their small child, Oscar. All is nice and peaceful at first:

“Sunlight filtered in from the hatch above their bed in the rear bert, warming the air into a pleasant fug that cocooned them in this tiny space. There was a something unique about sleeping like this, in a boat out on the ocean. It felt like an island, an oasis, away from the pace of real life, away from everything.

But there is danger out on the open ocean and what follows is heartbreaking. There is also a look at Bermuda as a whole and the secrets that the their friend Ceecee has been hiding all these years. Paradise is not always equal nor honest:

In Bermuda there are three steps between heaven and hell. Each step is more than a mile wide. On the bottom step sit those with an excess of money and an excess of time. These folk have the furthest to climb and you can spot them as they have clean fingernails and good shoes. On the top step sit those with a dearth of money and a dearth of time….These folk that sit on the middle step spend their time judging them that sit above and below.”


Bristol is where the family are from and where the rest of the drama unfolds, where the story starts before they sail and the memories linked to this place which will affect the heartbreak to follow.

Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

How the  pages of my book aren’t soppy with tears I don’t know. Amanda sure knows how to pull on the heartstrings and squeeze until you’ve no breathe left. This is a very emotional read. Imagine losing a child? bad enough but when you’re on a boat with the family in the middle of nowhere and it’s quite clear where he’s ended up…and that there’s no help for miles…

That’s how the story starts but it’s what follows is what Amanda does so well. She explores the emotional fallout of such an event and weaves the strings to your heart around twists, heartache, trauma and every fallout possible only to go back and tug at those strings some more.

Bermuda is supposed to be paradise but here’s it’s the darkest place in the world. Ceecee brings her own story to the fore which explores the hidden cost of grief and how the facade, the public face of someone often hides so much.

Two stories heartbreaking realistic and brought together across the ocean of pain. Heartbreaking. Prowse does it again.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Coordinates of Loss

Destination : Bermuda, Bristol  Author/Guide: Amanda Prowse  Departure Time: 2000s

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