Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness by Laura Kemp

When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village of Dwynwen in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple of nights - long enough to scatter her mother's ashes, and then go back to her life as a successful make-up entrepreneur. 
But a case of mistaken identities means she lands a job as the barmaid in the local pub, she unexpectedly finds friendship, and wonders if love might follow... But when the plans for a new housing estate put the local woodland under threat, she fears the way of life here could disappear.
 Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village - a string of bunting adorns the streets, a new village signpost appears out of nowhere and someone provides paint to spruce up the houses on the seafront. Who is behind these acts of kindness and can they help in the race to save the village from the faceless developers...?

Today is publication day For the paperback edition of Surprising acts of Kindness. This is the first book I have read by Laura Kemp. 
Ceri is mourning the death of her mum,she is at odds with her sister and just when she thinks she has no one to turn to she visits Wales and finds .....kindness. 

Ceri is in Wales to scatter her mother's ashes in Dwynwen the place she was born,the place her mum never spoke about and now Ceri is curious, wondering why her mother wanted her ashes scattered here. Little does she know what she finds will change her life completely. 
I loved Ceri, she was so unpretentious for someone who was rich and successful. I loved the people in the village and the lovely Welsh hospitality shown by all. 

The village,once a bustling seaside town is slowly closing down and needs some fresh life and a good lick of paint or there will be no reason for anyone to live there. When acts of kindness start happening in various locations all made to brighten the place up everyone starts to feel a new lease of life and feels that they can make a success of being a holiday destination once more.

 I loved the quirkiness of the villagers,their loyalty to anything and everything Welsh ( a bit like us Scots!) and the welcome they gave to a stranger. 
Rhodri, reminded me of the policeman from the tv series Doc Martin and it took a lot of imagination for me to see him as a romantic hero,I didn't quite get the attraction. 

Can Ceri give up her successful business and start a new life and what will her new friends say when they find out who she is? A lovely feel good book, a story to warm your heart.

Published today in paperback and also for kindle download.


  1. That sounds lovely, Anne. I like the cover and your review makes it sound a tempting book. I recently read The Pool House because of your review and really enjoyed it!

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