An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

I’m so pleased to be part of the tour today for this wonderful book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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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My Review:

This is such a special book, it’s hard to know how to even do it justice in a review.

I’ve loved Amanda Prowse’s books right from the start, and I think I’ve read every one of them. She has this amazing ability of taking what might seem like an ordinary lives and ordinary people, and turning them into something so real, and so extraordinary. These are books that you don’t merely read, you experience. These books feel like you’re getting an insight into someone else’s life, rather than reading a story.

The book starts off with Molly at 94 years of age, coming to the end of what she perceives as her rather ordinary life. But as we go back to the past, and relive Molly’s youth, we realise that her life was anything but ordinary. She showed such courage during the war, and her missions are truly compelling stuff that will have you on the edge of your seat.

She went through a lot in her life, and the book is not afraid to handle sensitive topics, in such an insightful and empathetic manner. The story flows beautifully, and you will feel such compassion and admiration for Molly. She is a wonderful character.

I was totally consumed and captivated by this gorgeous book. It’s both heart-breaking, and life affirming, and it is a book that will stay with me for a long time. A moving, emotional, and beautiful read, one of Amanda Prowse’s finest so far.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio – 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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Say hello on Twitter:  @MrsAmandaProwse


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