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Summary

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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Don't knock it

I read the first review and nearly balked at this book but so glad I looked at the others. Not at all Mills and Boon certainly enough to inspire me writing a review.
I also surprised myself by crying ( not for a long time have i cried over a book)
Simple and not saccharine and very touched by the ordinary life we all live being so important in connecting us to each other.
All we have is our story
Great view of wartime stuff too.

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If you like the word “darling” read on

More of a mushy book I haven’t ever read. I kept reading, hoping there would be some kind of better story. Mills and boon or woman’s own comes to mind. If I heard the phrase darling one more time would be too often.

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Simply lovely

A lovely story, well written and brilliantly narrated (read by the author no less).

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Heartwarming Love

The invisible string that binds us with those we hold dear, still strong through life and beyond. Gosh I was in actual tears towards the end of this book, happy, sad, elated and moved in equal measure. What a truly heartwarming story. 94 years by the time she peacefully transitions into the next life, M or Aunt Molly certainly has had a full and abundant life filled with so much. Whilst she strives to have just an ordinary life, she is a completely remarkable lady with a legend of a life story beautifully told. Thank you for the experience of listening to this one Amanda Prowse, I feel deeply moved and inspired.

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A beautifully told stpry

This was a lovely and often heartbreaking yet heartwarming story. I loved following along with Molly on her life journey

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Wonderful

Very warm story that I enjoyed so very much …I have only just started to listen to this Author so will search out others

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Dated.....06/05/22...

Struggled to finish this. The writing is superb but I felt this so terribly boring. I knew almost from the beginning how the storyline would play out. I guess I'm of an age where I too have lived in the judgemental post war decades and also suffered from them. I wonder if today's young people will identify with the brave characters. I do hope though that they will appreciate the very different times that we lived in.

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Absolutely marvelous

I couldn't stop listening to it, really captivating. a lovely calm voice to listen to

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LOVED it!

Such a wonderful book!
A lovely story - uplifting, sad, romantic and beautifully unfolds! A must read!

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Sad gripping story,

Interesting story, refreshing as not the typical ending. Great narration by the author. Highly recommended

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  • 03-12-21

Such a beautiful and touching story

The soft voice and the accent of the performer make this a beautiful story to listen to. It is filled with emotions ranging from fear for the characters to tears rolling down your cheeks from the sweetness. I highly recommend reading it! it’s amazing how she covers the life span of his beautiful character!

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  • 05-06-21

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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  • 27-02-21

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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  • 23-02-21

Beautiful

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

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  • 23-02-22

Awsome narration by author


This book was an insightful look at the cycle of an entire life, ups and downs, good and bad. For me, it drug in the beginning but maybe that was because I was getting used to listening to the British accent which, before too long, I adored. I enjoy a book where I like the characters and I loved these characters!

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  • 22-12-21

Tender story

I really enjoyed the picture of Great Britain during the war and how it’s occupants survived. A tender live story.

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  • Bob L.
  • 18-11-21

Listen to this book!

I have probably read over 150 World War II novels. This one has left me in tears. The story the emotion the authors voice it’s beautiful. I’m crying as I’m writing this. I have not felt this move by a story and probably all but three of the books I have read. It’s very good. I have to go get some Kleenex now.

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  • 22-06-21

Beautiful

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

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  • 30-05-21

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.