Monday, 17 June 2019

Blog Tour ~ A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to host today's stop on  A Random Act of Kindness Blog Tour

13 June 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of the book
and the invitation to be part of this blog tour

Fern is too busy making sure other people feel good about themselves to give much thought to her own happiness. But somehow, without her noticing, life has run away from her.

Suddenly, Fern realises her vintage clothes business is struggling, and the casual relationship she’d always thought she was happy in doesn’t look so appealing.

But sometimes, karma really does come through. And when Fern goes out of her way to help 85-year-old Dinah, little does she realise their new friendship will change her life.

Dinah may have troubles in her past, but she’s lived and loved to the full. Can Dinah show Fern that even the smallest acts of kindness can make the world a better place?

My thoughts..

Fern is struggling to get her vintage clothing enterprise up and running but that doesn't stop her from being one of those kindhearted people who are only too happy to help someone in distress. When Fern goes to the aid of Dinah, a feisty and determined octogenarian, she doesn't realise how both of their lives are going to be changed by this encounter.

What then follows is a lovely heartwarming story about the power of kindness and the simple beauty of letting other people into your life. The story is filled with some wonderful characters of mixed ages and backgrounds, who all bring such an array of emotion to the story that whenever any of them appeared on the page it brought a smile to my face. There are some genuinely funny episodes which had me laughing out loud and also some poignant moments which made me think about the connections we have we each other, whether from the complexity of a long term marriage, the pain of bereavement, or the break up of a relationship that wasn't going anywhere.

The author writes well and brings the story to life in a cheery sort of way. I particularly liked the headers for each chapter which highlight a piece of vintage clothing and which allowed me to see each item in a sumptuous way. The descriptions made me want to visit Fern's Camden Market stall to see her vintage clothing collection for myself.

A Random Act of Kindness is a lovely warmhearted story which leaves you smiling, making it an ideal summer read.

About the Author

Sophie Jenkins is a serial joiner of writing groups and workshops and a prolific short story writer. To encourage her creativity, she regularly enters half-marathons and trains by running from her home in North London to Fortnums for breakfast, with a notepad.

Twitter @SophieJenkinsUK #ARandomActofKindness


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