An emotional, cosy, community read that will reaffirm your faith in human kindness; perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Penny Parkes and Jo Thomas.
Welcome to Littlewood, a small town community with a big heart. Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Louise, seriously unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter, Zoe, hopes to reach out to the mother-in-law she never met while her husband was still alive…
Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Three very different women are about to find out…
As someone who believes in the incredible power of kindness this book was a must read for me. How often has someone done something seemingly small for you and it’s meant the world at that moment? Whether it’s returning something you thought was lost, offering to meet for coffee or sending a card. It’s doesn’t have to be big to be impactful and this is what Victoria’s book shows.
I have to admit I am a sucker for a new start story, they have a way of making me feel inspired, so when I started this book to find it started with a move I was already intrigued. Although this is only part one of this novel, I have already been sucked into the lives of Abbie, Louise and Ezster and their chances of finding new starts in Littlewood.
Littlewood sounds like a gorgeous little town, and from Victoria’s descriptions of the place so far in this book I already want to go and stay with Louise in her little cottage home and have a cuppa in Brew. I couldn’t think of a better place to recover when you have been broken.
Brew’s wall of kindness is an utterly beautiful idea, it would brighten my day to be able to read a board like that over a cup of tea and a cake. All the random acts of kindness people show to each other, whether big or small, and the pay it forward rule is the most important part of it for me. If you have been the recipient of a random act of kindness whether from friend or stranger you are duty bound to pass that kindness to another.
For me, this book so far is a glimpse into how things could be if only we put more importance on being kind. How easy it is sometimes to just walk past when you see someone struggling with a heavy bag when you could maybe offer to help, or when we’re too busy with our lives to spot when a friend is in need of a bit of support.
What better time to start thinking about how we can be a little kinder than at Christmas, maybe we could visit a neighbour who’s likely to be alone this season. take time to speak to a person you see living on the street this Christmas – that kind word might be the only one they get that day. While we can’t eradicate loneliness, homelessness or hurt from friends, family of strangers we can spread a little kindness. Remember… If you have been on the receiving end of someones kindness why not pass it on.
I loved part one of Random Acts Of Kindness and can’t wait for the rest of the book to be released, I will be one of the first in the queue to find out what happens to the people of Littlewood. Thank you Victoria for brightening a flu riddled day in bed with this wonderful book.
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Thank you to Simon & Schuster & NetGalley for providing me this copy in exchange for an honest review.