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The Ordinary Life: Ordinary Lives. Extraordinary People.

Mario Kiefer

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This book is a part of a series. I read one of the follow-ups to this novel a while ago (The Ordinary Sin). I enjoyed that one so much I decided to give this one a go. I’m glad that I did.

Like the last book I read in the series, this story is rich with detail and drama and has the intensity that can only be found in long-term, familial relationships. The characters are not just props in this story and feel fully-formed. The plot is not difficult to follow but in no way is it ever boring.

Lucia and her children are the basis of this epic story. It covers a lot of ground and follows four generations of this family, their hardships, sacrifices, and how their pasts do, or do not, shape their futures. There are heartbreaks and joyous moments just as you would expect of any family through the generations.

The book gave me a lot to think about, especially in a time of so much uncertainty and upheaval. It gave me the opportunity to really think about my own life and what I want to be doing versus what I’m actually doing right now. This isn’t a story that sets out to drive a point home but through the ups and downs of other people’s lives, this is a natural outcome of reading this book—a close self-examination of your own morals and goals.

Overall, this was a moving novel with great, strong characters. I would highly recommend it.

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