An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse
publication: February 9th 2021
genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
From Goodreads: 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?
My Thoughts…The story of Molly’s life as told my Molly. It starts with Molly being home, in her house writing a letter to Joe. Continues with her having a stroke and reliving her life through WWII and love and loss. The life she lives, the things she sees, the love she feels all shape her into the amazing woman she has become.
I love WWII stories and An Ordinary Life is no exception. What I especially loved about this book is how I could see how Molly was now and as she told her life story, I was able to see why she is this way. I loved the glimpses back into the life of women in WWII. Their part in the war is not always as well known as the men’s part but they were just as important to the end of Hitler’s reign. The strength and bravery that Molly had is still evident in her at age 94.
The relationship between sisters, Molly and Joyce, is the way sisters should be. Even when things do not necessarily go as planned, they stick together, they protect each other, they love each other, and they keep each other’s secrets. They understand that they are family, no matter what else is happening in the world, they must stick together.
Amanda Prowse wrote an amazing historical fiction book. I recommend picking up your own copy as soon as you can. It is a book that I could not put down.
**Thank you NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Amanda Prowse…Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty four novels, seven short stories and non-fiction autobiograhical book have been published worldwide in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, 'The Girl in the Corner' and 'The Things I Know' have sold millions of copies around the world.