Book Review – Kith and Kin by Sophie Bowns…

I was approached by the writer of this novel and asked if I would review her novel after she read one of my posts on this blog. I informed her I would provide a fair and honest review as soon as I read it.
Downtrodden and disheartened John McGrath, a malnourished eighteen year old cotton mill worker longs to escape the miserable working environment that has suppressed him for years.
Trapped under the tyrannical eye of the factory foreman Mr Hopps, John finds solstice in the wisdom of his best friend and fellow worker Caine Davies, who assures him that times will change.
A refreshing new chapter is offered to John in the form of ladies’ companion, Maira MacWilliams who reinforces his love and trust in others. With his new found confidence a career pathway is opened and better prospects are on the horizon. John’s life will never be the same again, but can happiness have a price? 
This story opens as our protagonist is trapped in his miserable existence. His character is well thought out. A gentle and kind soul who adores his friends and will do anything for them. The supporting characters have also been well crafted and are easy to pursue throughout the story.
Some of the language used by the characters just does not feel entirely authentic compared to some of the other historical novels and classics that I have read, but this is only a minor issue.
My biggest issue with the story however, was the abrupt ending. There could have been so much more before the end.
All in all, a pleasant little read.
A four out of five star read.
I am profoundly grateful to Sophie Bowns for my copy of her book.

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