Sophie Jenkins comes to the blog with a story of fashion and taking chances in
A Random Act of Kindness
Fern has a little stall in Camden Markets where she resells vintage clothing, often matching the outfit to the person with extraordinary results. While things aren’t necessarily easy for her and money is tight, she’s happy with her shop, lives in her parents’ apartment, and is using her talents in ways that make her proud. But not all is simple: a random second encounter with an older woman in couture bring her face to face with the adage ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ with a sting of bad luck, a fire in her building, some clothing destroyed and the all-consuming presence of her mother and father, never an easy set of visits.
Cleverly played to introduce Fern to Dinah and Dinah’s tailor husband Moss, as well as a new stall occupant next door who crafts light boxes of the constellations and just happens to be dating and old schoolmate, things are at least hopping along on the work front. And, there are the moments he meets with her boyfriend, a catch you when I’m in town relationship that has few labels, fewer hours together and little to nothing in common between them. When he whisks her off to a naturist resort, after telling her that ‘clothes don’t matter” the gig is up there – and now Fern has choices to make. Pressure from her parents to get a ‘real’ job, the reliance of an elderly cross-dresser and his new friends acquired since his wife’s death, and everyone’s discovering just how much the clothes Fern shares with them bring them new outlooks, the loss of Fern would be a great one to her clients and friends.
Clever for the interactions, the clothing and the attitudes that Fern inhabits when using her clothing as a way to ‘face’ the world, and her slow recognition of her own issues, her relationship with her mother, and the need she has to make the world a new and ‘happy’ place, where people can choose outfits that bring them confidence, bravery, shields and the opportunity to see new choices and options. Clever and light, with a character in Fern who should be in everyone’s dressing room, this is a wonderful read.
Title: A Random Act of Kindness
Author: Sophie Jenkins
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon Books UK
Published on: 13 June, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 3 minutes
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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