Today I bring you a review of a book, and it’s not a historical romance, it’s actually a contemporary novel.
“The Charity of Strangers“, written by Alison Burke, is a Coming of Age, Women’s Contemporary fiction novel, published on November 2020.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Alison Burke for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?
You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.
Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets, but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.
Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home. Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.
Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?
About the Author
I was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad, mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came my way and now I have the time to read, write and remember.
I haven’t read many books that touch on the entire coming of age element of a story, and I never know what to expect. Nevertheless, what I loved in this book was the development of the characters, especially Zaffron.
In this novel we follow Zaffron a 19 years-old girl. Throughout the book we follow her life and we learn about her past and the background before the present of the storytelling. Uncovering those information as we read allowed us to connect with the characters and their growth and what they were dealing with.
The interactions between the characters, the friendship growing, the secrets, the mistakes and the flaws… I loved it. It was exciting and it felt realistic. We make mistakes, we try to be better and grow, we have plans and goals, we have secrets about our past that we don’t want to talk about… and we may appear flawed but that doesn’t mean we are bad people.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked how the book had a message that we could understand thanks to the characters and the background. I loved the sense of hope the novel had, and I loved how the storytelling flowed.
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