The Imperfect Art Of Caring
By Jessica Ryn
What it’s about?
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
What I think:
I loved Jessica Ryn’s The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside, so was really looking forward to reading her follow up. And it was fantastic.
Violet is such a wonderfully complex and relatable character. She has built a life for herself that is small but secure. She has a job, a small place that she calls home and her beloved books.
Her world is turned upside down when her sister turns up and says Violet has to go back to her childhood home and look after her estranged mother. Their large home has been divided into apartments and she is also going to have to evict her tenants and sell the property.
Violet is caring and resilient, friendly and honest. As she starts to get know the residents and confronts the ghosts of her past, Violet begins to find a new community and fulfil long forgotten ambitions.
The relationships in this book are such a joy.
Tammy in particular is wonderful character, someone who is both vulnerable and courageous. As Violet gets to know Tammy and their friendship develops she starts to believe that maybe there is a place back her in the local community. She may find romance woth her childhood sweetheart, Adam, who finds himself in a similar position.
The book highlights the challenges and loneliness that carers can face when they do not have wider support systems. Just small actions and acts of kindness can make huge impact on people.
This book will make you laugh and cry and inspire and restore your faith in humankind.
Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for mybgifted copy of The Imperfect Art Of Caring