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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
  • ASIN: B01LYS9LHA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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A delightful tale about a young man trying to escape from poverty to lead a better life. John, our hero is a gentle and kind person, with loyalty towards his best friend Caine, and he loves Maira, a feisty Scottish girl. Will he win her over? You need to read the book to find out. Sophie writes with clarity and enthusiasm, and she clearly highlights how hard life was in past times. I recommend this book as a great read
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I liked the sound of the description offered on this novel. It's my kind of story - social realism - and the opening few paragraphs were fine and prompted me to read on in anticipation of a good story. The plot was indeed quite interesting and was good enough to hold me to the end. There were a few unlikely twists and turns on the way which made it all a wee bit unconvincing [e.g. escapee from oppressive mill-working "saved" by servant girl with whom he falls in love at first sight and is welcomed into the house of her mistress.]

The "story" was okay. The way it was written was not.

This is my gripe with this novel. It could do with some serious proof-reading and editing. It was riddled with errors - syntactic, spelling - and it all became very annoying. There is really no excuse for this. If the author was unable to correct these errors herself she should have invested in some help before going public with it. Moreover, the style is frequently juvenile and reminded me of many stories I was obliged to read in essays I assessed as an English teacher.

If you can overlook the errors and accept the twee girly style, the story is not a bad one and does its job of providing an insight into straightened
times. If I'd been warned about the errors, I wouldn't have bothered.I liked the sound of the description offered on this novel. It's my kind of story - social realism - and the opening few paragraphs were fine and prompted me to read on in anticipation of a good story. The plot was indeed quite interesting and was good enough to hold me to the end. There were a few unlikely twists and turns on the way which made it all a wee bit unconvincing [e.g.
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I very much enjoyed this book, it is written with confidence and enthusiasm throughout. The characters are well thought out and you find yourself completely believing this well realised story. Sophie clearly has more stories to come, which I look forward to hugely. An accomplished novel from a very bright writer.
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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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