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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LYS9LHA
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kith and Kin Kindle Edition
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By Sophie Bowns
John McGrath flexed his aching fingers which felt detached from his goose bumped hands. He dared to stretch out his right arm and fumbled for the small clock placed with care upon the flag stoned floor. He lay along the width of the almost cot like bed, curling himself back into a ball as he placed a hand upon his flat, ever grumbling stomach, trying not to envisage the plentiful display in the local baker's shop or recall the warm aroma which wafted through any window which happened to be open in his bleak workplace.
This is a refreshing and sometimes raw novel, full of honesty, exploring human frailties and character, and written in an almost poetic style.
Northern writer Sophie Bowns is a 25 year-old self-published author of several novels and one thing becomes clear at the outset of Kith and Kin… this is a writer’s book.
That is not discourage casual readers, but the story is beautifully crafted with almost Thomas Hardy like descriptive prose.
The 264 pages of Kith and Kin follows the story of John McGrath a downtrodden, malnourished and disheartened 18 year-old tailor who struggles to find his feet in society. He longs to escape the miserable working environment of the cotton mill that has suppressed him for years.
He is burdened by the tyrannical and cruel foreman Mr Hopps – almost Dickensian in his nature - but John finds comfort in the wisdom of his and fellow worker Caine Davies, who assures him that his fortune will change.
Caine encourages John to pursue his friendship with Maira MacWilliams a strong-willed, Scottish ladies' maid. Maira reinforces John’s love and trust in others, and with his new found confidence a new career pathway and better prospects are on the horizon.
As a novel, Kith and Kin explores friendship, compassion and companionship. But above all, it is a tale about love and kindness in the hard working world of 19th century northern England.
Kith and Kin is a refreshing read and highly recommended.
The only criticism – true of many self-published books – is the novel is littered with punctuation and spelling errors and simple typos, not picked up by MS Word spellcheckers.
With a good sub editor and painstaking proof reading, Kith and Kin would have been perfect.
Kith and Kin follows an eighteen year old named John McGrath. He works for a cotton mill with a horrible boss and barely gets any food. He works there with his best friend Caine Davies who is a great motivator in that he tells John that times will get better. And they certainly do. John gets a new job as a tailor's assistant and meets the love of his life, Maira MacWilliams. But life is still a struggle and it is still difficult to make ends meet.
When I started reading this book, I was instantly hooked. I love reading books that take me back to time that I'm not familiar with and it feels like I am there with the characters. John is such a hard worker even before he meets Maria and he would do anything to keep her happy. Caine is an amazing friend and anybody that says they have a friend like him, I would consider to be blessed. But Maira is not a character that I enjoyed. She seemed very selfish in a way that she didn't care what John would think or how her words and actions would affect him until after they were already said or done. And it wasn't like she would just do it one time, she did it almost always. One thing that bothered me with the writing style, was that the sentences would end so abrubtly. I would be reading about something and then all of a sudden the next sentence was in a different setting or even a different day and that got very confusing. Also, the ending was so fast and again, ended so quickly and suddenly and I felt that there was suppose to be more.
There were a lot of grammatical errors that bothered me but other than that, I thought this was a solid read. I quite enjoyed it. It's only $1.33 on Amazon so if this sounds like something you would enjoy, I would check it out!
The synopsis sounded interesting and I was very optimistic when I started this book.
But after just a few pages I begun struggling. I don't like the writing style and I just wasn't able to connect with the characters.
There was no plot to grip my attention, although that might change later on in the book.
The conversations seemed very stilted and anything but natural to me.
I can not speak to the character development or the plot at large, as I dnf'd the book quite early on, and maybe the story totally turns itself around, but what I read just wasn't for me.
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