#bookreview The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn published by HarperCollins HQ stories

Amazon blurb:

Dawn Elisabeth Brightside has been running from her past for twenty-two years and two months, precisely.

So when she is offered a bed in St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless, it means so much more than just a roof over her head.

But with St Jude’s threatened with closure, Dawn worries that everything is about to crumble around her all over again.

Perhaps, with a little help from her new friends, she can find a way to save this light in the darkness?

And maybe, just maybe, Dawn will finally have a place to call home….

My reading experience:

Firstly I would like to thank the publisher, author and Netgalley for my free ARC.

Dawn is overly optimistic, one of life’s big dreamers, imagining the greatest opportunities for herself. She isn’t selfish or ridiculous, she is escaping. When she is offered a room at St Judes hostel she finds friendship, companionships, someone who believes in her, and a home. Although in this story the main protagonist is Dawn, the background is coloured in with Grace, Peter, Jack and other interesting characters. The question is, can they work together to stop St Judes from being closed down.

This tale is a glimpse at homelessness, hiding, changing your life and gaining trust; a story that gets stuck into the dichotomy and coupling of hope and despair.

Themes: homeless, addiction, pyschosis, suicide, love, friendship, support, trust, adoption

I thoroughly recommend this book.


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