A Random Act of Kindness

A Random Act of Kindness

by Sophie Jenkins

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ISBN-13: 9780008281854
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/13/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 757 KB

About the Author

Sophie Jenkins is a serial joiner of writing groups and workshops and a prolific short story writer. To encourage her creativity she regularly enters half-marathons and trains by running from her home in North London to breakfast in the centre of town with a notepad.

The character of Nancy in The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is based on her experiences with her own mother, who was diagnosed with dementia fifteen years ago.

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A Random Act of Kindness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LlamaJen 8 days ago
Fun read, although I liked "The Forgotten Guide to Happiness" a little bit more. Enjoyed the story but the characters were not my favorite, although I loved the descriptions of all the vintage clothes. Fern loves what she does, but would give it all up because of her mom. Her mom was simply awful, she pretty much put Fern down every chance that she got. Then the "I prefer you call me Annabel." Annabel doesn't want her daughter calling her Mum. Annabel is never proud of Fern and is embarrassed to tell her friends that her daughter sells second hand clothes in a stall. Maybe I would have liked Fern a bit more if she actually stood up to her mom. The whole I'm terrified of dogs, no maybe it's not dogs, maybe's it's my mom because she terrorized me as a child for getting dirty because of a dog was a bit much. Fern miraculously is cured of her dog phobia and forgives her mom in one hour!!! I wouldn't have minded reading more about Moss and Dinah. They were an interesting couple and truly loved each other. I would have loved the engraved chopping board. Mick deserved that sunburn. That's one vacation I would not have enjoyed, even though it was in the south of France. Mercia and Betty were wonderful friends to Kim. I recommend the book. It was a quick and fun read. I look forward o reading more books by the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Avon Books UK through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
paulalala09 11 days ago
This is a wonderful read with interesting and lively characters, all sorts of tension from relationships, and a story of how several diverse people can untie to help a young woman buffeted I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Three and a half stars. Fern has a stall selling vintage clothes at Camden Market in London, having lost her job as a personal shopper for a large department store. She has always had a love of fashion, probably because her mother Annabel is a former model. A random act of kindness to a stranger introduces Fern to: Kim; a pensioner buying a dress for his wife; Dinah, an 89 year old woman with an amazing haute couture wardrobe; and David. Told through sales blurb for different vintage clothes we see Fern find romance, friendship and a career. For anyone who loves fashion the talk of Westwood, Biba, Chanel, Lagerfield et al is divine but it's also mixed up with Top Shop bargain finds and repurposing. Fern is a genius at seeing what people want from clothes, how they want clothes to make them feel, from a job interview outfit, to a mother-of-the-bride ensemble to a prom dress - she helps each of her customers feel better about themselves. This is a feel good, fashion-forward, sweet romance, but TBH the romance is all about the clothes and our 'hero' is more of an afterthought. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
JChris 12 days ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author, Sophie Jenkins. She has one other book published, according to what I could find out. I see a bright future as an author for her. She developed the characters and plot for this book excellently. I like that her story included characters of various ages. I especially like to read books with the older population to at least have a part of the plot. There is an older couple in A Random Act of Kindness that warmed by heart with their many years of marriage and love. The main character, Fern Banks is at her core a designer of fashion and a true lover of vintage. Her world revolves around how the perfect outfit can change a person's day or life. If you do not like fashion or do not understand how it truly can change your mind-set, then this book probably is not for you. It does go on and on about clothes quite a bit. I did not mind that though. I do not dress in designer labels, but I do know what it feels like to put on that special item and it makes the day brighter. I enjoyed this story and want to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK for allowing me to read the ARC for this book.
MKF 12 days ago
Fern's had a bit of upheaval in her life lately but one thing is constant- her love for clothing. Turn away if you don't like clothes because this nice novel revolves, in some ways, around the pieces Fern sells. There are wonderful descriptions, not only of high end garments, but also the things from more modest lines. Along the way, though, you'll also meet some interesting characters- Dinah in particular- who Fern helps find their perfect outfit. She also needs to find herself and does that. This is a little different as a read but it's definitely a fun one, especially for long time Vogue fans. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.