From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between

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Growing up in a sheltered dream world in a little English town called Church Stretton, falling in love and getting married. That's the way it should be, a future life that every little girl dreams of. A constant line, a perfect path to follow. That's how all began, shortly before the 1920's.
But that's not how life is, is it? Life's not always fair, and takes turns that are not understandable. And so it was that the first plunge into the deepest dark wasn't far off. An icy cold...
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Overview

Growing up in a sheltered dream world in a little English town called Church Stretton, falling in love and getting married. That's the way it should be, a future life that every little girl dreams of. A constant line, a perfect path to follow. That's how all began, shortly before the 1920's.
But that's not how life is, is it? Life's not always fair, and takes turns that are not understandable. And so it was that the first plunge into the deepest dark wasn't far off. An icy cold blizzard hit me, leaving a trail of devastation, only to move on without any explanation.
Life didn't let me go, and getting back to my feet rewarded me with the greatest gift. Rocketing up, I touched the highest mountaintops of love. But life doesn't stand still and moments cannot be frozen. It moves on and tells its own tale. It wasn't long before I encountered the next fall.

This is my story. This is Mollie's story.

Our yesterday's fortune doesn't belong to us anymore and what's to come tomorrow isn't ours yet. It's only the now that is ours for a short moment.

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2013-10-07
Lee, in her debut novel, fictionalizes the story of her English grandmother's life. In the early 20th century in Church Stretton, Shropshire, England, Mary Eileen, nicknamed Mollie, lives with her brothers, Les and Fred, and their loving parents. Although generally content, she wishes her legs weren't quite so short; as she and her peers mature, her girlfriends find boyfriends, but Mollie remains unattached. During World War II, she takes on the local milk route, earning the nickname of "Mollie the Milk" and enduring good-natured teasing about finding her "cream." She spies young soldier Jack Meredith home on leave, and, one day, he invites her for a drink. They soon marry, but after Jack leaves, he does not return from the battlefield. She meets another suitor, mechanic Bill Cooke, and is initially hesitant, but she heeds the advice from her mum, who asks her, "[H]ow many nice, down-to-earth and unmarried Shropshire lads do you expect to meet?" After marrying again, Mollie begins to raise a family, encountering joy and heartbreak. As her life goes on, she finds simple pleasures in her collectibles, her grandchildren, and her seemingly supernatural connection to nature and spirits--including communion with fairies. This first-person tale is a loving and heartfelt tribute to Lee's grandmother, drawing upon Mollie's history and bringing her thoughts to life in an upbeat, chatty manner. Despite occasional unclear phrasing, the story flows well. Mollie is a spunky character, given to flights of fancy, while those in her orbit seem more like framed photos on a mantelpiece. The book's final third, however, focuses primarily on Mollie's physical and mental decline; the theme of cancer figures predominantly in this section, and it's given voice in an inspiring manner. A well-told story of one woman's life, with appealing supernatural undercurrents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783952420508
  • Publisher: Katherine Anne Lee
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    The story "From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between"

    The story "From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between" touched my heart. I have never seen that the topics cancer and dementia were described in such a new perspective. Congratulations to the author Katherine Anne Lee!

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

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    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In her debut novel,

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

    In her debut novel, author Katherine Ann Lee takes readers on a journey through time in From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between, a story that takes place in 1920s Church Stretton, England. Inspired by her beloved Nana, Mary Eileen Cooke – Mollie to her family and friends – Lee shares with us her grandmother’s true story, a loving tribute to Mollie who wanted to write it down herself but was sadly hindered by her dementia. We follow Mollie who lives with her loving family. She is nicknamed “Mollie the Milk” during World War II, as she delivers milk for the Fulhampton Dairy, a job that she loves very much. We share her heartbreak when her first love, a young soldier named Jack Meredith, did not return from the war. Mollie finds love again, and we continue to ride with her through her joy and sorrow. 

    The prose is charming and written in a bubbly and witty first person point of view. I thoroughly enjoyed Mollie’s personality. Lee never takes the story of her grandmother over the top into melodrama, but grounds it with the true facts that easily engage readers, making From Dust to Dust and a Lifetime in Between unique. Unfortunately, the final parts of the book focus on Mollie’s gradually obstructing dementia, including her declining physical health. It deeply saddens me and makes me somewhat reluctant to finish the book as it is the same as saying goodbye to Mollie. Overall, apart from being a very worthy read, Mollie’s story is especially for anyone who loves to reminisce about a beautiful and nostalgic slice of life from the past.

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