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Book 3 of the Life series.

A Life Extraordinary

A sudden death in Nora’s family brings the Kaye clan closer together. They support each other through the grief, find connection in sharing long forgotten childhood memories, and for a while, all past disagreements are forgotten. Nora can picture a future when they’ll be as close as a family should be.


But the deceased’s last will, beautifully wrapped gifts, and cards with last words to those who were left behind, shake everyone to the core.


Eager to forget and dull the pain, Nora focuses on her first gallery exhibit. Her quest for a groundbreaking show, along with her desire to lose herself in old, self-destructive habits, cloud her judgment and lead her down a dangerous path.


Nora reconnects with Lola, her friend from college, who can’t forget the man who made her feel beautiful and loved. They broke up months ago, but Lola is desperate to rekindle the relationship, and Nora’s weakness may help her achieve that goal.

But both women may be in over their heads.


Nora may not find her way back without the support of the people who matter most, the people who left town to start new lives hundreds of miles away. Like her father, who now lives in a log house near Lake Tahoe. She wishes she could lean on her best friend, Vincent, but he’s now living in Los Angeles with Nora’s other bestie, Nadine, while he takes his music career in a new direction.


Will Nora reach out to her friends and ask for help before it’s too late?


A Life Extraordinary is darker than the previous books in the Life Series. It’s a heartbreaking story of loss and is filled with emotionally broken characters who have yet to learn how to deal with grief and regret.


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The author has so perfectly captured the struggles of adult women rarely discussed in society. Our ex-whatevers, complex mother-daughter relationships, and the importance of orgasms. You may see something of yourself in Nora. You will definitely understand women and relationships better.

And the story is not one of those grab your ankles for everyone in your life stories. A strong female character with a spine is a nice change from trendy fiction these days. This book has staying power.

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Praise & Reviews

Life is Fair

Engaging and tear provokingly poignant. Forget what you are doing, read this book

KD Angle-Traegner founder

I thought this was a great read! I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what Nora would do or SAY next! It is written in such a real way that she could be your sister, your best friend or you! Loved it!

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About Marion Raby

Marion Raby was born in Austria. At the age of eighteen, she moved to California, where she lived, learned, and studied art. After marrying the grand love of her life and giving birth to two amazingly brilliant children, the family—along with one soul cat—moved to Austria, where she began to write the Life series.

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