Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56D and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday!

Today’s feature is another new book:  An Ordinary Life, by Amanda Prowse.


Book Beginning:  Chelmsford, Essex

December 24th 2019

Aged 94

Her hand shook and her breathing was a little laboured.  It was time for Molly to write the letter, just as she had said she would:  a promise made in haste, but a promise nonetheless.  A task she had avoided through fear, nerves and a worry that she might just get the wording wrong.


Friday 56:

  ‘You have nothing to ...worry about, my love.  Nothing to worry about.  Everything is going to work out splendidly!’


Synopsis:  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?


Would you keep reading?  I am intrigued.



  1. I’ve never read anything by Amanda Prowse, but I’ve had many people recommend her over the years. And this one sounds like an excellent possibility! Hope you enjoy it. I also hope I can still write letters when I’m 94!

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