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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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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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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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Wonderful listen

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

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Marvellous Molly, is indeed Marvellous

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

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A truly good book

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

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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.