This was another Netgalley read I was gifted in exchange for an honest review. This particular novel stood out for me, as firstly, I had read one of Amanda’s novels before and enjoyed it and also this one is initially set in WW2 which I always enjoy reading about.
An Ordinary Life is all about Molly. A 94 year old woman who is stuck in a hospital bed after having a fall. A suspected stroke has left her unable to speak and there is an important letter she wanted delivered before she passed away but she never finished writing it. Instead we are given the privilege of seeing Molly’s life through her memories.
This is an emotional, moving story filled with love, loss, drama, tears and laughter and everything in-between. It is about strength and hope and how one person can be stretched to the limit and still survive. This book will have you sobbing your heart out one minute and crying tears of joy the next. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and the best way to describe it is bittersweet.
The character of Molly shows us every emotion a human goes through in life; love, pride, jealousy, grief, sadness, joy, anger…the list goes on. She is one of the most rounded characters I have read in a long time and her pure raw emotion makes her easy to relate to, even to someone who hasn’t grown up during a war or suffered that much loss. Molly is a beacon of hope, she shows us that even the strongest fall but that it is possible to get back up again with the right help.
This was such a beautiful story of a life which Molly sees as just an ordinary life but to us it seems far from ordinary. But, then I guess, to Molly and millions of others during the war it probably was just An Ordinary Life.
I don’t usually read fictional WW2 stories as I love hearing about the true stories so much more but this one was so well written. It flowed really nicely and the timeline was not complex or confusing due to the dates written at the beginning of the chapter. However, I do recommend having tissues to hand when you read this.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ – highly recommended if you like your WW2 dramas or if you are into emotional stories.
This book is out on 9th February 2021 so don’t miss out!
Are you into your war stories? Do you read the fictional ones or just the true stories?
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Much Love 💜