The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
By Jessica Ryan
Published by HQ Stories
What it’s about?
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….
What I think:
What a book! It has made me laugh and cry!
Dawn is homeless. Once a student midwife with a new family, her life felt apart and she has spent her adult life running from a past that terrifies her.
She has lived in in many towns and many place and now finds herself homeless and referred to St Jude’s hostel.
St Jude’s is just what Dawn needs. Security, friendship and a chance to plan for the future, here she finds the support she needs to face the demons of her past.
The story unfolds and the reader realises the truth about Dawn’s life. There are some really emotional moments that are wonderfully and sensitively written.
There is real life, everyday tragedy in this book: addiction, mental illness, grief, suicide, sexual assault and homelessness. The lack of funding and resources available to help some.extremely vulnerable people is a theme running throughout the book.
And yet there is a lot of humour.
Dawn’s enthusiasm and positive outlook on life are infectious and her determination to help others brings joy to some very vulnerable characters.
The supporting cast are all quite wonderful and you will be rooting for all of them. Their backstories show how anyone, no matter their background can find themselves facing homelessness, and charities and centres like St Jude’s are so valuable.
This is a wonderful read. Heart-breaking, heart-warming and thought provoking.
Dawn Brightside will stay with long after the last page of the story.
Thank you HQ Stories and Jessica Ryn for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and gifting me a copy of the book.
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