An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

An Ordinary Life
.PDF, 350 pages
Expected publication: February 9th 2021 by Amazon Publishing UK/Lake Union Publishing

About the Book:
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?

My Review:

While bad things might happen, with a loving family only ever a 
phone call away, things were never going to be truly terrible.

Despite the title this is no ordinary book and the lead character, Molly, did not lead an ordinary life. I love Amanda Prowse books, she never disappoints me, and this one is no exception. Historical fiction...Who knew I would enjoy it the way I did. I think it was the author, she did an exquisite job of describing the scenes and the emotions so well and the story-line is captivating.

I felt many things, right along with Molly, while reading this book...sadness, happiness, scared and hopeful. I loved how she never shied away from her mental illness and was never embarrassed about it, despite the time period she lived in. The book is so heart rending and beautifully written. It is a story that shows how war, and life's other surprises, can break our bodies but not our souls...if we don’t let it. Amazing book. Very hard subject matter but very well worth reading.

Thank you NetGalley, Amanda Prowse and Amazon Publishing UK/Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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