Good evening my lovelies.  I hope you’re all doing well and looking forward to Christmas – it’s getting closer!  This evening I’m on the blog tour for The Kindness of Strangers by Julie Newman, and have a review for you of this intriguing and brilliant book……..

about the kindness of strangers

Deception abounds in Julie Newman’s breath-taking new novel.

Widow Helen is desperate for a perfect family life and will do everything she can to get what she wants.

A veteran of the Afghanistan conflict Martin is adrift and seemingly without hope – can he ever win back his estranged family?

Pregnant teenager Charley is striking out on her own to create a new life for her unborn child, but her mother Lizzie has other ideas.

When three seemingly disparate lives connect, the past and the present collide to reveal secrets, lies and how far people are willing to go to hide the truth.

Following the gripping and controversial Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman’s thrilling new novel lifts the lid on the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household.

Published by: Urbane Publications (19 April 2018)

Formats available: Paperback & eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

Wow – this turned out to be so much more than I expected!

This follows the lives of the three main characters, Helen, Martin and Charley.  Helen is recently widowed and struggling to come to terms with the loss of her Husband. But whilst sorting through her Husband’s things she stumbles upon a secret he has been keeping from her…….Her life has been missing something, and she is determined to do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

Martin is a veteran, homeless and hopeless.  But then he realises that he has so much to live for and sets out to pull his life back together and get his family back…..but is it too late? And what happened to get them to this point?

Charley is a teenager who’s recently found out she’s pregnant.  She knows her Mum will be livid but gets a completely unexpected reaction.  She realises she must set out to give her baby the life she never had, and things start going her way.  But will she find out the secrets to her past?

As well as the three main characters we also have Audrey – who plays an important role, as well as Martin’s children.  The characters all have their own problems, but slowly the connections between some of them become apparent.  I couldn’t’ have been more shocked at some of them, and the way the book heads in the second half!

The first half is where you really get to know the characters – who they are, what has happened to them and why they’re where they are.  I thoroughly enjoyed learning about each one of them, and my feelings towards them individually changed throughout the book.

And the second half blew me away and took me on a completely unexpected journey – one I will say no more on as I don’t want to give anything away!!

I really enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to follow and enjoyable to read.  The pages in the paperback are beautiful with watermarks on each page which made it a luxury to read.

So overall, I throughly enjoyed this! If you’re looking for something a bit different where you can really get to know the characters, and then. get blown away by the storyline and twists, then this is for you! Highly recommended by me! I can’t wait to read more from this author.



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Thanks to the ladies at Love Books Tours for inviting me to the tour, and to Julie and Urbane Publishing for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a lovely evening everyone!

Chelle x

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