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Title: The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
Author: Jessica Ryn
Thank you to HQ and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
This is an emotive read, a story that shines a light on the plight of the homeless but doing so in both a realistic and uplifting way. The lead character, Dawn Brightside, usually lives up to her surname, always looking on the bright side of life, but events more than twenty two years ago made this particularly difficult for her. She has been homeless, moving regularly for all those years but when she’s offered a bed in St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless she finds support, friends and the opportunity to make a new start. . . . . only to have the hostel threatened with closure. That’s when her positivity comes to their aid as she strives to sort out not only her own life but supporting others and endeavouring to help inspire the residents and staff to work together to raise the funding necessary to keep the hostel open.
As the story progresses you learn the history of many of the people who are homeless, some who are still on the streets and others who are staying there, no two are the same but, like many other homeless people, fate has dealt them many blows, disrupting their lives and derailing their hopes and dreams. It is only through the support of St Jude’s and places like this that they can have the opportunity to be supported as they find their way again. I suspect reading this story will help highlight the plight of the homeless and gives examples showing that this could be the fate of anyone of us. Hopefully it will encourage people to look more kindly on those unfortunate enough to find themselves without a home or safe, warm place to call their own. Everything doesn’t go right for them, there are issues of substance abuse, mental illness, family dramas and so much more that are dealt with sensitively through the story, There are also some heartwarming incidents, too, involving moving on, romance, family reunions and unexpected sources of support that make this a moving and delightful read, one that is not to be missed IMHO!
She’s always looking on the bright side…
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….
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