I am always thrilled to read and review books by the wonderful Amanda Prowse and today it’s my turn on the blog tour for her latest novel An Ordinary Life. It’s also publication day! Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey for my blog tour invite and to Amanda Prowse for my review copy of An Ordinary Life.
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?
OMG I don’t know how she does it?! Amanda Prowse has once again reduced me to a snotty emotional wreck with her latest novel-a beautifully written saga recounting the anything but ordinary life of Molly Collway. It’s a slightly different style for the author as she transports us back in time to the 1940s to an 18 year old Molly and recounts her life story. We are first introduced to Molly as a 94 year old after she suffers fall in her home and, whilst I knew from the very start of this book that it would uncover some family secrets, I had no idea how vividly the skeletons in her closet would be brought to life! This believable and relatable protagonist shone out of the pages conveying her grief, her courage and her vitality. I know that strong characters in difficult situations are the bread and butter of Amanda’s writing but Molly stands out for me as an unexpected favourite that really stole my heart!
I’m a lover of fiction set around the the resistance and Mollys involvement comes about unexpectedly after tragedy strikes. The wartime history has been well researched here and I was immediately transported across the channel to a France living through WW2 alongside Molly. It made me feel quite emotional as the last time I went abroad before the global pandemic, I went to Normandy and visited the D Day landing sites and the war graves. It was an incredibly humbling experience and I found myself wishing I knew all the stories of those who had died or survived such atrocities. And I know Molly is just a fictional character but because of where she had been and what she did whilst there, I felt an empathy for her and an understanding of the actions that she took.
An Ordinary Life is a wonderfully immersive book rich in historical detail and attitudes. Beautifully written and touching throughout with a memorable main character who will stay with you long after you’ve finished her story.
Highly recommended by me! But remember to buy tissues!
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty five 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’ and ‘The Things I Know’ 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