If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton

If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton


Are you looking for a good Summer read?

If You Left is a great choice.

I’ve read a whole lot of fiction over the years, but haven’t ever read anything quite like this book. It has romantic and family drama, but with a new twist. The lead character has bipolar disorder. We get to follow along with her through the ups and downs. Of course, the disorder doesn’t just impact the one who has it. The entire family functions around it.

The novel is both entertaining and thought provoking, just what I like to read in a lounge chair on the beach or by a pool.

If You Left
by Ashley Prentice Norton
isbn 978-0544263680
Pub. date 6/14/16

Description: “Althea is a thirty-seven year old upper crust Manhattan-ite on the brink of another breakdown—her fifth in nine years. Diagnosed with manic depression, she has spent her marriage oscillating between what she calls “the Tombs” and “the Visions”. Her husband Oliver has been there for her through all of it. It is Oliver who packs her bag for the hospital, who visits during visiting hours after each suicide attempt, and who takes care of their nine-year-old daughter Clem. It is Oliver who holds their family together. Discharged from the hospital, Althea decides that this summer will be different—she will be the loving, sexy wife Oliver wants, and the reliable, affectionate mother that Clem deserves. This summer, she will be “normal”. When the family moves to their East Hampton mansion for the summer, for the first time in Clem and Althea’s lives as mother and daughter there is no “summer girl” there to pick up the slack when Althea cannot face the reality that comes with being a mother. But once they arrive, nothing goes according to Althea’s plan. Oliver becomes even more distant, and his relationship with their interior decorator is a bit too close. Clem also seems not to need her as a mother, and Althea finds that getting to know her own daughter is far more exhausting than she had though it would be.”

If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton

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44 comments for “If You Left by Ashley Prentice Norton

  1. vickie couturier
    June 4, 2016 at 2:48 am

    sounds like a good book

  2. Mary Mac
    June 4, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Love the synopsis. Would be a great book for vacation next month.

    June 4, 2016 at 5:49 am


    June 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I love a good read.

  5. Linda Kish
    June 4, 2016 at 7:37 am

    I would love to read this book. It sounds interesting.

  6. Mia
    June 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I like the description of the story.

  7. Connie Lee
    June 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Love to read this book, sounds very interesting!

  8. chris z
    June 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    seems like an interesting book

  9. Jane H
    June 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This looks like an ideal book to curl up with at the beach. Thanks so much for the chance to win it.

  10. Brenda Elsner
    June 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Looks like a great summer read!!!

  11. Shelley P
    June 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I’d love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  12. June 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    You always have the best comments.

  13. Barbara Brooks
    June 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I love the synopsis it does sound like a very good summer read and will look into download after we get though the hecticness of life going on in next few weeks. Many new nieces and on new nephew due in a few weeks.

  14. FRANK
    June 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway.

  15. Valerie Mitchell
    June 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Barbara – Congrats on the new family members!

  16. Nancy
    June 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    THis sounds like a unique book.

  17. Joannie
    June 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Would love to read this new book!!

  18. Leela
    June 5, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. bill norris
    June 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    looks like a interesting book.

  20. James Coyne
    June 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I love a good book

  21. Linda White
    June 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Looks like one Id enjoy reading!

  22. Nicole Sender
    June 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I’d be interested in reading this book where the lead character has bipolar disorder.

  23. Tracy Robertson
    June 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I work with people who have mental illnesses and they are the most interesting people in the world, at least IMO. I would love to read this.

  24. Tandi Cortez
    June 5, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Michelle S
    June 6, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I like that the book brings light to the lives that many lead with mental illness.

  26. Danica
    June 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    reminds me of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay
    would love to read/review this book ;)

  27. Michelle
    June 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Sounds good.

  28. June 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Charlene S.
    June 8, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I would enjoy reading this one.

  30. Carolyn G
    June 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

    looks good

  31. June 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I would love to read this

  32. Janet Woodling
    June 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Reading is a passion of mine.

  33. Raquel
    June 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like a good page turner read. Can’t wait to read it.

  34. Cynthia Mercado
    June 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Looks like a great read for my collection!

  35. Rita M
    June 16, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting read.

  36. vera wilson
    June 17, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Sounds like an interesting one to read. Thanks for the chance.

  37. Jeffrey
    June 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for this nice book giveaway.

  38. katklaw777
    June 18, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Looks like a good summer read…thanks!

  39. Kristina Potter
    June 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Sounds like a great book to read on the deck while my kiddos are playing outside!!

  40. Ed
    June 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I would like to read the work of Ashley Prentice Norton.

  41. Daniel M
    June 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

    sounds interesting

  42. ger
    June 25, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I would love to read this!

  43. Buddy Garrett
    June 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    It sounds very interesting. Thanks.

  44. Lily Kwan
    June 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    This book looks very interesting. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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