Congratulations to Amanda on the publication of An Ordinary Life, this week! I’m absolutely thrilled to be participating in this blog tour of an author who I particularly admire and whose books I never fail to thoroughly enjoy and am able to highly recommend.
An Ordinary Life tells the story of Molly, who actually lives a life that’s far from ordinary. Yet in her humble, unassuming way she gets on with things and tells herself and others that this is the way that she feels most people would have dealt with what was thrown at her. And a lot gets thrown at her!
It’s war time and London is in the middle of the Blitz. Molly is working for the war effort, and given her gift for languages she is actually more of an asset than she realizes. She is making the most of life as it is during difficult times. She’s been left to live at home with her bitter widowed mother, while her older siblings are off and married elsewhere, although they remain in close contact and maintain their warm, loving relationships. She works in a war office during the day, which is far from dull as her best friend Geer livens things up. The other girls are pleasant enough, but it’s Geer who she’s closest to.
And then things change when Geer introduces Molly to her brother Johan and the two fall instantly in love! It’s wartime, and one must make the best of things – fast! Molly could never anticipate how her life would change simply by following her heart. Far from being the naive, silly young girl that many (including her mother) take her for, Molly is astute, and in many ways, wise beyond her years. She knows full well that in order to succeed in life and to be taken seriously, she needs to take herself seriously first. And that’s exactly what she does. She listens and learns and in so doing, lands up playing a vital, heroic role in England’s war effort. A role that she plays down and that most people outside her immediate family will know nothing about. But she also suffers huge trauma and loss and bears the brunt of the decisions she must make for the rest of her life.
As expected, Prowse has created characters who are so real that the reader feels that they’ve made new, lifelong friends. Molly is simply fabulous – I adored her! Without giving too much away, I also need to say that her mother is simply awful … but … she was just being the only way she knew how to be, and that’s how women of her generation were: set in their ways, and unable to waver from their ‘my way or the highway’ opinions. But oh my word, she’s bound to bring out some strong emotions!
Ultimately this is a book about resilience, strength, and the unexpected bonds that are created during the most trying times. It’s absorbing, 5 star reading.
Thank you to Ra Ra Resources for inviting me on the blog tour! Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about An Ordinary Life …
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty six 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‘, ‘The Things I Know‘ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ 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
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