An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

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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?


This is the sometimes bitter-sweet story of Molly, a now 94-year old woman lying in her hospital bed following a fall and a stroke. Unable to communicate she instead thinks about her life and the important letter she had written just before the fall and which she is now afraid will never be sent or seen.

As the book goes back in time to 1943 London, we meet a young Molly full of drive and ambition. Unforeseen events mean her intended career ambitions are pushed aside, but instead this strong woman finds new opportunities to feel useful and important even while having to make some heartbreaking decisions.

As the book progresses we see that, despite Molly’s life appearing to be very ordinary to those who think they know her, in fact her life has been filled with extraordinary moments. There are some strong themes running through the book of the different forms that love can take. I particularly loved how strong and honest the relationship was between Molly and her sister. Another strong theme is about how quickly things can change and to never take anything for granted.

And what of the letter? You’ll have to read it and find out for yourself 😉

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