The Kindness of Strangers

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Overview

What happens when a child’s innocence & trust gets taken away by someone they love? After years of abuse, Sydney Venery finally escapes. With no one else to help, she accepts the assistance from kind strangers. With their help, she begins the healing process & moves on with her life. Learning to love & trust again isn’t easy, but it is with The Kindness of Strangers that she learns to get by.
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Overview

What happens when a child’s innocence & trust gets taken away by someone they love? After years of abuse, Sydney Venery finally escapes. With no one else to help, she accepts the assistance from kind strangers. With their help, she begins the healing process & moves on with her life. Learning to love & trust again isn’t easy, but it is with The Kindness of Strangers that she learns to get by.
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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Sharp
Get your box of tissues, you're going to need it as you follow this emotional tale. It touched me in a deep place, and I found a lot about Sydney that I could relate to. A wonderful tale and hopefully a guide to victims out there that there is life after the violence. :D
Wendy Taylor
As a person that generally reads mostly non fiction/memoirs, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book! It pulls you in right from the start. With such great character development, it allows you to create a strong bond with the few main people in the story. Using such descriptive language, J.A. Titus was able to paint a, sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying, picture for the reader. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick, yet intense, read!
Jo's Momma
Very well written. The author paints a vivid picture of the frightening world experienced by the children of alcoholics (but seldom talked about), and yet leaves the reader feeling hopeful that with the kindness and help of strangers, one can escape a life of desperation. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Christine A. Gomez
Despite wanting to feel sorry for Sydney, you can't help but admire her ability to overcome all the negative circumstances in her life. Sometimes strangers do make the best family. The characters in this book are believable and relate-able. Only wish Sydney was a little vindictive when it came to her father. I completely enjoyed this book and put it on my would read again list.
Gina Durso
"I think this is the only book I have ever read that I actually cried reading. lol It was a emotional roller coaster up and down. I felt like I was there the way the author was able to describe things and while that is a good thing, It's hard when such bad things are happening."..."I loved this book and it was sad but had a GREAT ENDING!!!!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780557482306
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Pages: 189

Meet the Author

J. A. Titus currently resides in Taunton, MA with her husband, three young children, and German shepherd pup named Deuce. She is the author of 'The Kindness of Strangers' (2010), contributor to 'With Love...indie writers united'(2011) and 'Unnatural Disasters'(2011), and is working on 'The Last Curl', 'From Heaven', and a short horror story collection, Sensing Evil, to be released under her pseudonym. She is also writing a children's book series with her son, author Cameron Titus, titled, 'The Second Grade Mysteries' featuring 2nd grader sleuth, Maryweather Stormbird. The first book in this series, Maryweather and the Birthday Debacle, will be released through 4CornersPress sometime in 2012.

You may contact Ms. Titus by going to her website at http://authorjatitus.weebly.com or by e-mailing her directly at, julie.
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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Compelling read

    Quickly grabs your attention. Characters you feel you could bump into on any given day. Makes one ponder how much our lives are really shaped by strangers. Do we take time to chat with the people who serve us at the store, the garage, the hospital or do we continue to take them for granted?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Deep, positive message throughout

    I was roped in immediately and enjoyed the story. It's refreshing to read something that isn't out to grotesquely detail the events that occur. There are several topics throughout, not just child abuse. It talks about falling in love, raising a child, going back to school, and overcoming the trials of one's life, even if they've been through several terrible ordeals. It's inspiring in a way, for girls that might have gone through similar situations. The characters are likable and realistic. The details are vivid and easy to picture. I would say this is definitely a book you'll want to read.
    *I did see a few grammar errors and it had a few typos, but they honestly didn't take away from the intensity of the story.
    Character development - 5
    Plot - 4
    Engaging - 4
    Grammar/typos - 3
    Interest/likability - 4

    Overall rating = 4

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