An Ordinary Life – a review

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From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a tale of love, loss—and one last extraordinary dance.

Christmas Eve, 2019. Ninety-four-year-old Molly lies in her hospital bed. A stroke and a fall may have broken her body—but her mind is alive with memories.

London, 1940s. Molly is a bright young woman, determined to help the war effort and keep her head up despite it all. Life becomes brighter when she meets and falls in love with a man who makes her forget everything with one dance. But then war forces her to make an unforgettable sacrifice, and when she’s brought to her knees by a daring undercover mission with the French Resistance, only her sister knows the secret weighing heavily on Molly’s heart.

Now, lying in her hospital bed, Molly can’t escape the memories of what she lost all those years ago. But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Will she be able to find peace—and finally understand that what seemed to be an ordinary life was anything but?

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What did I think?

An Ordinary Life is a heart-warming and moving page-turner, that engages you from its first to final words. The narrative follows the life of the bright intelligent Molly Collway, from when she is a young woman determined to support the war effort in 1943, through to an elderly woman in 2019. 

Molly reflects back on her life and alongside her you see some quite extraordinary things that she achieved, and things that she witnessed. You’re introduced to the people she loved and become aware of the sacrifices that she made. Looking in from an external perspective her life seems anything but ordinary, tainted with joy and sadness in equal amounts. The particular beauty of the style with which the story is written is that you understand that to Molly, her life is an ordinary one. It brings an awareness that we might all be living simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary lives, if you only change your angle of perspective.

The warmth of Prowse’s writing really shone through in this elegantly written book. I felt emotionally connected to the protagonist, Molly, and by the concluding pages she felt like a good friend. How she lived was expertly dealt with and so realistic. The small details really brought the places and characters to life, and as a reader you understood some of the difficult decisions and life directions that she made and went in even though they are not your own.

I would highly recommend An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse. It definitely should be on your reading list and I will be seeking out other books from the same author to put on mine.

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Author Bio

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Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty six 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’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ 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

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N.B. I was gifted a copy of An Ordinary Life in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of the Book Blog Tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. Thank you Amanda for sharing your extraordinary work with me.

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