Book Tour/Review: The Charity of Strangers by Alison Burke

Book Details

Format: e-Book, 223 pages

Publication: November 25, 2020 by Lily Dale Press

Synopsis: You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?

You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.

Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets,  but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.

Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home.  Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.

Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?

My Thoughts

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This was so much more than I expected when I signed up for this blog tour with Rachel. This was a deep, complex read that has a strong hopeful theme that I liked. It did take me a couple chapters to completely get into it, but I couldn’t put it down once I got past about the 40% mark.

The characters were flawed, but not horribly so, if that makes sense; they made mistakes, but overall, they were good people. I loved watching them form relationships and grow into stronger, better people throughout the book. Zaffron, especially, had amazing character development.

As mentioned, I became very invested after I’d read almost half of the book. The pace started picking up some more, and I found myself eager to discover the truth.

The setting of this one was a bit different than anything I’ve ever read, but you could tell that Burke put a lot of research and detail into the book. I really enjoyed her writing style and look forward to other books released by her.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author

I was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad, mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came my way and now I have the time to  read, write and remember.

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