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Small Kindnesses [Kindle Edition]

Satya Robyn
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Book Description

Leonard Mutch has just discovered his wife was lying to him for years – but can he bear to uncover the truth?

Leonard and Rose Mutch were happily married for forty years. But after her sudden death, Leonard is shocked to find a train ticket in her handbag to a town Rose had never visited. Then a letter arrives from a childhood friend of Rose’s, hinting at a past she never told him about.

Reluctantly embarking on an investigation into the life of the woman he thought he knew as well as himself, Leonard is faced with questions that threaten to destroy his happy memories. Why did Rose secretly leave work every Tuesday? Why did she tell lies about her family? And why is their daughter so desperate for him to stop digging into the past?

As his whole life threatens to unravel, Leonard must make an impossible choice – between his memories and a truth he could never have imagined…

From the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Thing, Small Kindnesses is a gripping and ultimately life-affirming novel that explores the power of secrets and the healing qualities of love.

Small Kindnesses is by Satya Robyn (previously Fiona Robyn). Previously sold as 'The Blue Handbag'


“Robyn is the real thing. A gifted writer who understands the complexities of the human soul.” Jacqui Lofthouse

“A thoughtful and moving writer who has a great sense of human emotion.” Michael Kimball

"An entirely entrancing tale." Caroline Smailes

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Satya Robyn lives in a Buddhist temple in the green skirts of the Malvern hills in the UK. Her new novel 'Afterwards' is out now.

Her last novel 'The Most Beautiful Thing' is a Kindle best-seller and follows 14 year old Joe's adventures in Amsterdam with his chaotic aunt Nel. Her previous novels are 'Thaw', 'Small Kindnesses' and 'The Letters' and her other books include 'A Year of Questions: How to slow down and fall in love with life'.

She is a Buddhist Priest and runs a Buddhist temple, Amida Mandala, with her husband Kaspalita. She also works as a psychotherapist.

She loves growing vegetables, paying attention, vegan cupcakes, goldfinches, rooibosch earl grey & her three cats, Fatty, Tsuki & Roshi.

She is currently working on a new novel, two follow-ups to 'A Year of Questions' and an introduction to Pureland Buddhism.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic read. 5 Mar. 2013
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This is an absolutely breath taking read. It is the story of Leonard, a widower who finds himself in a dilemma when he comes across a train ticket in an old handbag belonging to his late wife Rose, to a town where as far as he is aware, she had never ever been to. The train ticket plays on his mind (as sometimes unexplained things do); he can't get it out of his head and when he meets an old friend of hers, Lily, something she says makes him realise that maybe he didn't know Rose as well as he thought.

The story moves in a very gentle way, the mystery is revealed gradually and deepens as the tale goes on, so by the end of it you really are hooked, wanting to know the truth, as much as Leonard.

Leonard himself is a wonderful character - a genuinely nice man who is very normal and the author has portrayed him in a very realistic way, we see his good points and his bad points. We soon get to really care about him as it his very normalness that is so appealing to the reader - he could be anybody's father, husband or brother.

The writing is wonderful and in particular the author has done a fantastic job of describing the loneliness of a widower living on his own after years of happy marriage. Just a simple sentence, such as pointing out the single set of crockery and cutlery on the draining board is enough to set the scene of Leonard's existence. It is a very poignant, moving story, but not all doom and gloom - there are some nice gentle humorous moments in there as well. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly engaging read 15 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Small Kindnesses by Fiona Robyn is utterly delightful. Leonard, a widower, finds a railway ticket in an old handbag belonging to his late wife Rose. The ticket to Didcot, together with a letter from an old school friend of Rose, set Leonard off on a trail of discovery. A closely observed portrait of an extended family, as well as a study in grief and identity, Small Kindnesses is vibrant and real. Leonard is lightly flawed and very likeable as he deals with crisis after crisis without Rose's help and advice. Robyn highlights the double whammy that is every widow and widower's main tragedy: the dealing with grief and trauma without the help of the lost spouse. It is, as you would expect, touching, but it is far from soppy and makes you smile time after time.

Robyn's true strength is in her portrayal of relationships, particularly parent and child relationships. Here there are very different relationships between Leonard and Rose and their daughter, and their own parents, and their grandchildren:

In the morning they go to a park with a lake in the middle and an impressive playground. The boys swing on their swings for as long as the adults can bear to push them. After half an hour of continuous swinging, Leonard wonders if they would ever get tired of it. He sees them in his mind's eye with a huge back-up team of adult pushers to launch and re-launch them into the air twenty-four hours a day. They'll eat and drink on them, learn their times tables, sleep on them, grow out of their tiny trousers and into bigger and bigger ones, holding mini-TVs in their laps, chatting with friends who jump onto the swings beside them. 'The Amazing Swinging Twins!' the papers will announce, and psychologists and film-makers will come from far and wide to analyse them and film them as they swing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely, gentle, engaging story 14 Feb. 2013
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One of my New Years' Resolutions was to read more and this was the second book I have finished so far. It was delightful. The story was not complicated but flowed beautifully. The characters came alive and I cared about each one. The "mystery" wasn't a surprise, but didn't spoil the story. The ending was touching. Altogether an engaging book. I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - highly recommend. 3 July 2013
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I loved this book and thought it was a beautifully observed exploration of loss, relationships and slow discovery of emerging new awareness. I was caught into Leonard's world right from page one and loved his gardener patience and sharp observation of the growing world. I enjoyed the gardening metaphor. I loved Satya's observation of relationships with all their light and shade. It was a book that made me laugh out loud in places and also made me cry. I read this very quickly and will read again more slowly a second time to savour. Satya is a new writer to me and I will look forward to reading more of her work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - you must read more Fiona Robyn 23 Jan. 2013
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I discovered Fiona Robyn through her wonderful book The Most Beautiful Thing a couple of months ago and immediately went on to buy and read Thaw which I loved even more. Small Kindnesses has all the things in it which were so great about the other books - the characters are so well written you feel you truely know them, and the way the world around them is described is beautiful.I have to admit that I didn't think this was the strongest of Fiona's books but I'd still recommend it and that you go on and read more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 Jan. 2013
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A confession: I got this book because I wanted something to put on my brand new kindle, and this one was free, and had excellent reviews. Thank you Amazon! You have introduced me to an author of whom I was unaware, but I shall certainly be looking out for her other works.
Other reviewers have already described the plot, so there's no point me doing the same. All I will say is that those reviews are well deserved. If Fiona Robyn's book is new to you, you're in for a treat.
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I really loved reading this book. It a very gentle read and has no real revelations but for any one in later age is very enjoyable.
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This is a charming book, well written with a gentle mystery story. I became very fond of the main character who set out to discover things he did not know about his late... Read more
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Published 13 months ago by Margaret Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars A small gem of a novel
Small Kindnesses moved me to loud sobbing tears. I was touched by the tenderness of everyday characters being heroes of their own worlds. Satya Robyn, thank you for Leonard.
Published 17 months ago by hilly kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd like to have met Leonard!
I enjoyed reading this book and the author hasn't romanticised her characters. They - and the story line - are eminently believable.
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