A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Avon Books UK
About the Book:
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?
Loneliness isn’t something that fills you up. It empties you.
A Random Act of Kindness is well written and the story is captivating from beginning to end. I absolutely adored this book. I had a huge smile on my face while reading it, and the world Sophie Jenkins created was so wonderful. I had fun getting to know all the characters and was glad to join them on their journey. I spent a large majority of the book wondering if Fern was ever going to get together with the man she so blatantly has a massive crush on.
It’s the most painful realisation in the world that the person you most love and want to be loved by can’t do it.
This book is so much more than the typical romance novel, it runs through a huge spectrum of emotions and shows us a story of healing, of self discovery, redemption, friendship, and most of all love. And it is about love in all forms, familial, self, friend, and romantic. And of course I can't forget to mention the fashion, I loved how every chapter started off with a description of a particular garment.
Buy the dress. It’s waiting for you. It’ll change your life.
One thing I will never get enough of is strong, plucky, quirky heroines. Fern fit the bill on all counts as did Dinah. I absolutely adored them. The side characters definitely made their mark without messing with the main story-line. They added to the story in a way I enjoyed. This was my first novel by Sophie Jenkins but I will definitely be reading more.
Thank you NetGalley, Sophie Jenkins and Avon Books UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.