What can you do to make the world a better place?
Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories – good and bad – that went with it.
The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn’t know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her.
When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people’s lives . . .
For a long time I have enjoyed the books of Lucy Dillon so when I hear that her latest novel – One Small Act of Kindness – was going to be released this year I was truly excited. I was even happier when I was sent a copy of the book to review.
I have to say that Lucy Dillon has upped her game with One Small Act of Kindness. Don’t get me wrong, her other books have been fantastic but there s something remarkable about this story. In my opinion, the reason why it is such a good read – besides the interesting story of retrograde amnesia that I will talk about in a bit – is because of its two strong leading ladies.
Libby is a grafter. She works hard and she knows what she wants. She has made the best out of a bad situation and tries her hardest to please everyone yet she is constantly facing battles; her husband’s lack of help even though it is because of him that they had to leave their life back in London; the overbearing mother-in-law who can see no wrong in her precious son; her lack of familiarity or friendship. She knows no one and it is hard to make friends as you get older.
Then comes along a mysterious lady who is knocked over just outside the hotel; Libby visits her in hospital just to make sure she is ok and an unlikely friendship is formed. The mysterious lady begins to remember certain things such as her name, it sounds like small fish but when you are suffering with temporary retrograde amnesia these small memories are huge victories. Whilst Libby works on the hotel, the injured lady works on trying to remember who she is.
One Small Act of Kindness tackles an unusual subject and it does so with sensitivity and in my opinion (although I have never met anyone with amnesia) Dillon does this with honesty. The sufferer’s frustration is palpable as she searches the crevices of her mind for any clue – any hint at all – of who she is. Libby tries her hardest to help her with an upbeat attitude but even she says things or asks questions that someone with amnesia wouldn’t be able to answer. Put in that situation I think I would probably act the same way.
The truly great thing about One Small Act of Kindness is that it reminds us that whilst we think that we are doing something little and unimportant that one little act might just change someone’s life. We could all do with showing a bit more kindness to other people.
One Small Act of Kindness by Lucy Dillon is available from the 23rd April 2015.
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