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Kith and Kin by [Bowns, Sophie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 670 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got this e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, but sadly I could not finish the book.

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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Kith and Kin tells the story of John McGrath, brought up in a cotton mill during the Industrial Revolution where working conditions were poor. John finally escapes the mill in his late teens when the manager beats him nearly to death; with some kindness and a little good luck, John meets a lovely Scottish woman named Maira, and is taken in by a tailor, who provides him with a job and a place to live.
Kith and Kin was easy to get into. I felt empathy for John McGrath and his best friend, Caine, when they were stuck in terrible conditions and only a tiny amount of food each day. Even after John’s life got better, we could follow Caine’s story in the background, and how their relationship was affected by the sands of time.
We see a lot of John’s life where good and bad happens. I enjoyed it, but I sometimes felt that the story wasn’t moving along as it should. At times John would be ill or something bad would happen, but before it could get serious the story skipped ahead a few years and cleared up on its own. The other issue I had is I believe the book needs a large amount of editing. There were a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, and some continuity issues that sometimes distracted me from the flow of the story.
I liked Kith and Kin, and I found it easy to remain interested up to the very end. I believe with a good editor, this good story could become great. I recommend it if you enjoy historical fiction/drama based in the late 1800s.
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Today I want to share with you the review of Kith & Kin, by Sophie Bowns. Sophie approached me and asked me to review her book and I gladly accepted, so here it is.

I do not believe I have cried this much in a book for a long time; Kith & Kin is an extremely deep book. It disserts about real deep and delicate issues: child abandonment, child abuse, child labor, and all the consequences these traumas can have throughout your life.

It talks about bonds; friendship bonds that can substitute family's when you are alone in the world. It talks about compassion, companionship and friendship. It talks about kindness.

It is a book that really got me shaken – I noticed I started to pay attention not to waste food on my plate, thinking about John. I counted to 10 before giving a bad answer to my husband thinking about how many times Maira was a spoiled girl… and I reached my friends just to know if they were ok, thinking about Caine. I know these may sound foolish, but I swear it was the effect this book had on me.

If I could sum up this story in a few words, I believe they would be “try to live always with kindness, and value your true friends and all the blessings you have in life – that are many (as food on your plate, a warm house for you to go through tough winters and health)”.

Indeed there are some parts that could be improves; I am not sure whether Scarlett died or not, because there is a part that she seems to be alive again, but then Mr. Duce says something about her grave. And also there are some spelling mistakes, but overall it is fine.

Thank you, Sophie, for the book made me a better person (if not for a long time, at least for a week).
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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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