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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?

©2021 Lionhead Media Ltd. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 27-02-2021

A Truly Marvelous Tale

When I first started, the story felt familiar and predictable; lovely but nothing new. But as the pages unfurled telling the tale of this anything but ordinary life, I laughed and cried with Molly and could not put it down.
Amanda Prowse has a magical gift of telling a story from each stage in a person’s life exactly as you could imagine them recounting it at that age. An Ordinary Life is truly marvelous and to hear it read by the author herself is a treat.

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  • Woodstock
  • 23-02-2021

Beautiful

What a beautiful story. The performance was perfect. I am sill crying. Very highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-2021

Beautiful

This was a heart wrenching, but beautiful book. the author's performance was amazing. I loved this.

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  • A grateful parent
  • 05-06-2021

Prowse is at the top of her game

The author’s charming narration of this insightful tale of one woman’s sacrifice and heroism is not to be missed. A true standout in WWII fiction. If you loved The Nightingale or All the Light We Cannot See, you will love this book.

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  • RB
  • 30-05-2021

Captivating story

An Ordinary Life is the best book I have listened to in a long time. I listen daily, or I should say nightly as I am going to sleep. This is one of the few books I thought about all day long, wondering what would happen next. Usually at bed time I have to remind myself what book I was listening to the night before and what was happening at the time I stopped listening. I loved the characters, the story line, the narrator (who happens to be the author as well), just everything about it. The narrator has such a quiet, soothing voice, initially I was afraid it would lull me to sleep but from the very beginning it was so interesting I stayed awake late listening and listened when I woke up the next morning for a couple of hours. I did the same thing the next night and this morning iI listened to the last two hours of it. I highly recommend this book.

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  • 10-07-2021

Enjoyable but long

I enjoyed this but I wanted it to end, it seemed to go on forever. Might try another book from the author to see if I feel the same.

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  • Jennifer
  • 19-05-2021

I cried and cried

A new found respect for those that lived through the war, I can’t even imagine. Absolutely heartbreaking and brilliantly written. Worth the tears!

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  • Mrs. A. Stratton
  • 09-05-2021

A beautiful wartime love story

I really enjoyed following this ordinary life through. it reminded me of some of my own family history.

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  • 21-04-2021

Heartwarming and sad but beautiful

Such a wonderful story full of human life it’s tragedies and sorrows and memories of the ultimate sacrifice paid by many during the war years. A real family saga that in the end highlights how it’s love that conquers all. Beautifully read by the author I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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  • Jan
  • 10-03-2021

Wonderful story!

A little too much angst at times but the story is delightful and true of so many people of this era.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2021

A must read!

We may be feeling low at times, due to 'lockdown' and the pandemic. This wonderful novel will make us count our blessings that we are not living through a war! I shall so miss listening to this compelling story.

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  • Juliet
  • 21-02-2021

Wonderful listen

What a lovely way to relax over half term listening to a beautiful story I recommend it.

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  • Kate
  • 21-02-2021

Marvellous Molly, is indeed Marvellous

Well crafted story, reconciling your history with your soul and the power family love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-2021

A truly good book

Wonderful story, Mollys life was far from ordinary!. Beautifully narrated. I felt bereft when it ended

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