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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Kindness of Strangers by Julie Newman #BookReview

Deception abounds in Julie Newman's breath-taking new novel. Widow Helen is desperate for a perfect family life, and will do everything she can to get what she wants. A veteran of the Afghanistan conflict Martin is adrift and seemingly without hope - can he ever win back his estranged family? Pregnant teenager Charley is striking out on her own to create a new life for her unborn child, but her mother Lizzie has other ideas. When three seemingly disparate lives connect, the past and the present collide to reveal secrets, lies and how far people are willing to go to hide the truth. Following the gripping and controversial Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman's thrilling new novel lifts the lid on the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household.

Publisher - Urbane Publications


Amazon UK  £8.46


Prepare to be shocked!! I know I was!! This book will take you on a much different journey than where you thought it would take you! Believe me!! And that is such a brilliant thing to happen while you're reading!  I had absolutely no clue of what was going to happen and that is probably why I enjoyed reading this so much!

It's the story of 3 strangers and how their paths cross and their lives connect. And they're all such different characters that the author can explore so many different subjects with them and the challenges that they face.

In Part One we get to meet the main characters - Helen is a widow and dealing with the loss of her beloved husband. Through donating her husbands' clothes to a nearby charity shop, she meets Audrey who works in there and seems to have a knack of finding those in need of help.  Audrey is one of the good guys in the world and is always willing to help those in need and becomes a much needed friend to Helen who is struggling.  And when Helen then comes across some secrets from her husbands past she is completely thrown and all she thought she knew goes out the window.  But that does give her a new focus in life....

Martin is an ex solider and  suffering from PTSD.  His home life has suffered and is a mess and he's living on the street looking for a way back to his ex and their children.   He ends up with a social worker who is there to help him find work and a new future and he finds himself at the charity shop where Audrey works looking for some clothes.

Charley is a teenager who finds herself pregnant.  Her mum is not the best role model and seems to find her daughter an irritation and throws her daughter out when Charley wants to keep the baby. She too finds herself at the charity shop and the life of her and her baby are set to change. 

The way the chapters are set out really helps each character get under your skin as you learn more about them and helps you connect more to the positions they find themselves in.  Fate works in mysterious ways so they say, and no more so than in this book!

 Part Two of the book is really about how the characters face up to the situations that life has dealt them and also gives you a chance to see more of Audrey and the role she plays in these characters lives.  It also features a much darker side to the story and I loved the change in atmosphere and tempo!  I can't say much more than that but it really took my breath away as things evolved and made for such  a memorable read!!! Prepare for the unexpected!!


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