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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LYS9LHA
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- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, but sadly I could not finish the book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kim Pinelli
Set during the Industrial Revolution, Kith and Kin is very different to the fantasy novels I so often find myself engrossed in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shannon Minns
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. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Denise
We are automatically inclined to feel sorry for John, working for little reward at a mill and harshly treated by Mr. Hopps. Read morePublished 3 months ago by katie lewington
Kith and Kin very enjoyable, not my usual read but got dragged in to the story. Set during the Industrial Revolution loved the friendship between John and Caine and it was the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs T Goddard
I really enjoyed Kith and Kin. Set during the Industrial Revolution, John sets to change the way his life has gone for the better. Read morePublished 3 months ago by seren75
A beautiful novel which not only sets the scene of the 1800s but, immerses you in it and brings it alive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
In Kith & Kin, we immediately enter the world of John McGrath and the dire conditions he faces at Mr. Hopps' shop. His act of kindness leads to his sudden termination. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Irene2014