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Absolutely amazing, inspirational and uplifting 5* read -The Imperfect Art of Caring by Jessica Ryn

Title: The Imperfect Art of Caring

Author: Jessica Ryn

Publisher: Harper Collins, HQ Stories

Published: November 25th, 2021

Pages: 400

Rating: 5*

My Review:

This is an emotive, moving story of family, grief and guilt
Of reconnecting and friendships, old and new, being rebuilt.
Fourteen years after escaping her family and home
The time has come for Violet Strong no more to roam.
Her sister is starting a new life abroad and their Mum needs care.
How will Violet cope and their Mum fare?

It is a story about how fears and guilt from the past,
Can colour our thinking and leave beliefs that last.
Sometimes it takes neighbours and friends
Getting to know each other and with time spend.
To change perception about one another
New relationships and possibilities then to discover.

This is a story of folks who care for others,
Their children, fathers, siblings and mothers.
How isolated and tiring their role can be
But it needs someone special like Violet to see
How helping each other can help them all
Giving them each support and help to call.

Carers don't just care for the old and infirm
Sometimes it may be for folks who struggle to learn
Or those with anxiety or who are mentally ill
The all need support and carers care for them still.
But who cares for the carers and who can assist
What opportunities just should not be missed?

What a lovely read this proved to be
So many aspects just appealed to me.
It is a story of a community which again will grow
As more about each other they start to know.
There's also a heartwarming, chance
Of rekindling a long left behind romance!

For my complementary copy of this book, I say thank you,
I throughly enjoyed reading it and this is my honest review.


One small act can make a big difference.

Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.

But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend Adam, for help. Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself.


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