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?
Her hand shook and her breathing was a little laboured.– ONE, CHELMSFORD, ESSEX -DECEMBER 24TH 2019, AGED 94
(Lake Union Publishing, 9 February 2021, e-book, 396 pages, borrowed from AmazonKindle via PrimeReading)
I really loved An Ordinary Live. I was in floods of tears by the time I reached the end. This is a well-written, engaging and incredibly sad book. I felt really connected to the characters. The book opens in 2019 when Molly, in her nineties in confined to bed and goes back in time as she recalls her sad and sometimes tragic life and returns to 2019 at the end. I liked this structure a lot. Molly’s story broke my heart a little. I’d highly recommend this.