This is a book which begins at the end. Ninety four year old Molly has had a bad fall at home and suffered a stroke. In hospital, she fears she may never be able to finish writing a very important letter she always promised to. From this beginning, Amanda Prowse takes us back to 1940s London where young Molly meets a man who will change her life. We then follow Molly through her life until we get back to the present day. And what a life she has had!
This book made me think, as I often do, of all the life experiences and memories that older people have, memories which could be lost when they die if not passed on to their family and friends. Recently an old lady I knew died at the age of 102. I only knew her as an old lady and was very moved to hear at her funeral (which was streamed online) that in her younger days, she had been considered a real beauty, was a wonderful dancer and had a beautiful soprano voice. She was who I held in mind when reading about Molly’s life.
Amanda Prowse is a prolific author never fails to write a book I enjoy. She is a wonderful storyteller and creates characters who seem so real and who you take to heart. Although this novel is a little different with its historical focus, as ever I was caught up with the life of her heroine through all its ups and downs. Molly didn’t have an ordinary life. She had an extraordinary life, although in her later years she was content to live an ordinary life. Through her we see how women throughout time have had to face adversity with strength and courage. Her resilience was admirable and her secret was heart-breaking.
An Ordinary Life is a tender story of love, loss, courage and hope. Amanda Prowse’s many fans won’t be disappointed.
My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the tour and to publishers Lake Union for my review copy of the book from Netgalley. It is available to buy now in paperback, ebook and audiobook formats on 9th February. You can order you copy here: An Ordinary Life
From the back of the book
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?
About the Author
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…
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