Friday 28 June 2019

Blog Tour: Review of A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins

I am very excited to be part of the blog tour today for A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins. I have a review on blog today which I have shared below. If you like the sound of that, you can click here to order A Random Act of Kindness now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more exclusive content and reviews! Here's what it's all about...

It only takes a moment, to change a life for ever…
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?

Review: I enjoyed this book. I didn't realise it was dual narrative and that;s one of my favourite features of a novel so that was a really pleasant surprise. This book also has some LGBTQ+ representation (which is spoilery so I won't mention what) but that was also great to find out and it was great that I read this during pride month. The final feature that I really enjoyed in this book that is NOT mentioned in the synopsis is that it has a real passion for fashion and we see that through the eyes of Fern. 

fern is a great character to spend the book with because she isn't perfect. She is an optimist and she has flaws. Her random acts of kindness though do lead to friendships and certain events that drive the book forwards. She has a interesting relationship with some of the other characters in the book which is sometimes a little difficult to work out but I like the fact that she is a very positive person and someone who is a fan of being part of a community. 

I also really liked the setting of this novel. Most of it takes place in and around Camden market, a great setting for a book because literally anything could happen there. There are all sorts of people an personalities that come through Camden market and just so much going on that it makes for an 'anything is possible' kind of atmosphere. 

There is some romance in this book but it blew a little bit hot and cold for me in terms of the actual relationships and potential relationship formed. But the love affair with fashion and vintage fashion in particular reigns strong and if you have any interest in beautiful clothing, you will love this aspect of the storyline. Sometimes the pacing felt a little bit too fast or too slow, it would have been a slightly easier read if the pacing was more consistent but I don't feel like it harmed the general plot and so this was a good read for me. 

Thanks so much to Sophie for stopping by the blog today and remember to check out all the other wonderful blogs on the tour!

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