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A Random Act of Kindness

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Wonderfully uplifting Trisha Ashley




It only takes a moment, to change a life for ever



Fern is too busy making sure other people feel good about themselves to give much thought to her own happiness. But somehow, without her noticing, life has run away from her.


Suddenly, Fern realises her vintage clothes business is struggling, and the casual relationship shed always thought
...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Avon
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Louise Wilson
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐ rounded up to 4

Fern sells vintage clothes from a stall at Camden Market in London. She had just lost her job as a personal shopper for a large department store. Her mother, Annabel has been a medal and her love for clothes had rubbed off on Fern.

A few of the characters felt a bit flat in this easy to read story that is all about vintage fashion. Although the storylines a bit predictable, it does have that feel good feeling about it and a happy ending. Whether your into any kind of fashion
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Dash fan
3.5☆ A Warm and Cosy Feel Good Read.
(Rounded up to 4☆)

A Random Act of Kindness is a story of Friendships, Self Discovery and lots of gorgeous vintage clothes.

Fern the main character and her passion is for all things vintage.
I really liked her zest for creating outfits for all women.
Fern sells Vintage Clothing on a market stall in Camden Market. She doesn't have it easy as her parents are judgemental and not supportive especially her mother who worked within the fashion industry and sees Fern as
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The Cats’ Mother
This was a delightful feel-good book about friendship, finding your true self, and the apparently life-affirming properties of vintage fashion. Whats strange is that I have no style, no interest in fashion and my idea of vintage is still happily wearing the clothes I bought in the 90s, (and Im not talking designer labels here) but I still loved the descriptions of all the different outfits.

Fern Banks lives in her perennially disappointed parents London flat, and since losing her job as a style
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
A Random Act of Kindness is a wonderful book. It's not one of those 'big' books about some big idea or theme more like it's a slice of life story, which is easy to relate to, genuine and warm. And yet, it encompasses so much. There's topics of struggling with self-esteem, finding your passion and place in life, the power of friendship, and of course romance. But aside from that, there are also side themes, some of which are very deep like WWII refugee experiences (not to spoil, but I ...more
Frenchorchidea
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book is unique, this book is so good! This is the second time I read a book from Sophie Jenkins. The other one was "The forgotten guide to happiness" which I really loved too, but this book "A random act of kindness" is even better! It's so unique, so well written, so intelligent, so beautiful. And if you are a haute-couture fashion addict (which I am not) you will love this book even more! It's incredible how one little random act of kindness can change the course of your life... I ...more
Barbara
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a heartwarming summer read? Try A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS. Its a delight!

The story revolves around Fern Banks, a thirty-something woman whose passion is vintage clothing, which she sells from a stall in Londons Camden Market. She has rented said stall after being fired from her steady, regular-paying retail job. Why? Because she sold a dress from her private collection to an elderly client for whom nothing in the store was quite right but for whom her heart told her this particular
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Antonella
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Review to come.....
Dini Kamayana
3.5 stars. This was a fairly easy, fast and fluffy read. It's a heartwarming romance about finding yourself, learning to stand on your own two feet, letting go of fears and opening up your heart. It was an enjoyable, sometimes funny read that left me feeling content when I finished it.

I liked Fern's character and her passion for fashion (specifically her vintage wear). She's very focused on making other people happy by finding them the perfect fit to 'lift' them as she's a strong believer that
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Alison
Three and a half stars.

Fern has a stall selling vintage clothes at Camden Market in London, having lost her job as a personal shopper for a large department store. She has always had a love of fashion, probably because her mother Annabel is a former model.

A random act of kindness to a stranger introduces Fern to: Kim; a pensioner buying a dress for his wife; Dinah, an 89 year old woman with an amazing haute couture wardrobe; and David. Told through sales blurb for different vintage clothes we
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Joanne
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fern works as a personal shopper in an upmarket department, a job she really enjoys, but when a random act of kindness towards an elderly gentleman results in her losing her position, she takes on a small market small in Camden selling vintage clothes. Although she loves the thrill of discovering a vintage piece and helping her customers find the perfect piece for them, this is just one more reason for her rather snobbish mother to be disappointed in her. The stallholder next to Fern is David, ...more
Fabulous Book Fiend
I enjoyed this book. I didn't realise it was dual narrative and that;s one of my favourite features of a novel so that was a really pleasant surprise. This book also has some LGBTQ+ representation (which is spoilery so I won't mention what) but that was also great to find out and it was great that I read this during pride month. The final feature that I really enjoyed in this book that is NOT mentioned in the synopsis is that it has a real passion for fashion and we see that through the eyes of ...more
Susan Hampson
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a lively fun and want to be there read that just made me all fuzzy inside. Fern is like the typical girl next door but with a style of her own. Fern loves vintage clothes and finding not just that perfect look for herself but for others too. So after not so much losing her job as being asked to leave her personal assistant position in a classy store, she sets up a stall on the market.
Now, this is not something that her ex-model mother approves of. To say that their relationship is
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Judy Christiana
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by this author, Sophie Jenkins. She has one other book published, according to what I could find out. I see a bright future as an author for her. She developed the characters and plot for this book excellently. I like that her story included characters of various ages. I especially like to read books with the older population to at least have a part of the plot. There is an older couple in A Random Act of Kindness that warmed by heart with their many years ...more
Stephanie R.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quirky read! Fern sells vintage clothes and they basically her life! One act of kindness that a stranger gave her propelled her to do one for her in return when she spots out in the street. This causes a domino affect in Ferns life.
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We get to meet so many quirky and fun characters in this book! All Fern knows is that she loves clothes but she also feels lost in her professional life and personal one. Along the way people whose lives shes helped intertwine and help her realize that she
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Sally Coles
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Fern loses her job as a personal shopper she takes a stall at Camden market selling vintage clothes, next to David that she was at school with. Through various acts of kindness we meet Dinah and her husband Moss and Kim a cross dressing widower.

A nice easy reading book, not a lot really happens but the characters and laid back storyline make it worth reading, especially if you are interested in vintage clothes
Megan Harris
3.5
Not what I was expecting, but nevertheless really enjoyed this heartfelt, feel-good read.
Very much enjoyed the focus being on a woman's career and passion. Also loved the other intertwining stories, all maintaining rich character development and dealing with important topics such as religious discrimination, refugees, bereavement and gender oppression
Pam
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, e-books, 2019, arc
A Random Act of Kindness was a cute, fun, heartwarming book. After meeting some of the characters, I wasn't completely sure where this book was going, but as the stories all started coming together it was an enjoyable book.

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books for an ARC of this title.
Neil
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is a really easy read with a good blend of humour and romance.
Ideal for a holiday read and even better if you are into vintage clothing.

Julia
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The message behind the book was good. I liked the character Kim. But overall it was a bit of a lukewarm story. Nothing outstanding about it.
Grass monster
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blurb :
Fern is too busy making sure other people feel good about themselves to give much thought to her own happiness. But somehow, without her noticing, life has run away from her.
Suddenly, Fern realises her vintage clothes business is struggling, and the casual relationship shed always thought she was happy in doesnt look so appealing.
But sometimes, karma really does come through. And when Fern goes out of her way to help 85-year-old Dinah, little does she realise their new friendship will
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Mel
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, it's one of those books where you wish you knew the characters in real life. A warm and cosy read.
Nina
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was from an author unknown to me. I read a lot of chick-lit, and this came up there with Keyes and kelks
books. The story was believable, and I loved the way the characters learn some lessons that makes life different.
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Jen
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-challenge
Fern is one of those people who really likes to help others. Not in the normal holding the door open kind of way, although she is that kind of person too, but in that she likes to help them find their inner happiness through the clothes that they wear. She has a gift for finding the perfect outfit to match her clients and for helping them to believe in themselves enough to give her recommendations a whirl. Her keenness to help others often comes at the expense of her own livelihood - giving out ...more
Serena
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I recieved an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/2.75

Overall, this was a refreshing, fun read. I love how we get thrust into the vintage clothing scene, specially since the main character sells it in a non-conventional way. It was lovely to see how having a stall made her meet so many characters that became her found family, and so many clients whose stories we got to take a peek at. In that aspect, it reminded me of Everything leads to you by Nina Lacour,
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Lainy
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages -400

Publisher - Avon

Source - Arc copy

Blurb from Goodreads

It only takes a moment, to change a life for ever

Fern is too busy making sure other people feel good about themselves to give much thought to her own happiness. But somehow, without her noticing, life has run away from her.

Suddenly, Fern realises her vintage clothes business is struggling, and the casual relationship shed always thought she was happy in doesnt look so appealing.

But sometimes, karma really
...more
Gaele
Fern has a little stall in Camden Markets where she resells vintage clothing, often matching the outfit to the person with extraordinary results. While things arent necessarily easy for her and money is tight, shes happy with her shop, lives in her parents apartment, and is using her talents in ways that make her proud. But not all is simple: a random second encounter with an older woman in couture bring her face to face with the adage no good deed goes unpunished with a sting of bad luck, a ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
3.5 stars

This was an easy reading, quite light-hearted story about Fern and her vintage clothing business, but with a couple of quite eccentric side characters that really lifted the story.

Fern used to work for a department store but got sacked when a delighted customer wrote a glowing review for a sale she made, but unfortunately it was for a dress that she'd sold from her own vintage clothes collection outside of work. So she then decided to set up her own business with a market stall at
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Margaret Duke-Wyer
Fiona lives in North London in a small flat that belongs to her parents who said that she could stay there until she got on her feet and saved enough to get her own place. Never happened. Her mother, a former model, is beautiful and has no hesitation in letting Fiona know what a disappointment she is to her. Her father, newly retired is kinder but not by very much. Such is Fionas timid nature that she has failed to let them know that she has lost her job as a personal shopper in a department ...more
Jennifer
Fun read, although I liked "The Forgotten Guide to Happiness" a little bit more. Enjoyed the story but the characters were not my favorite, although I loved the descriptions of all the vintage clothes. Fern loves what she does, but would give it all up because of her mom. Her mom was simply awful, she pretty much put Fern down every chance that she got. Then the "I prefer you call me Annabel." Annabel doesn't want her daughter calling her Mum. Annabel is never proud of Fern and is embarrassed to ...more
Jennifer Scanlan
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this quirky, refreshing read, which is full of fun and warm, fuzzy feelings!  Its a journey of self-discovery and friendship with some beautiful characters featured.

For me, it was quite easy to close my eyes and visualise all of the fabulous vintage and haute couture clothing mentioned throughout.  The clothing itself was another character in the story, which made the whole reading experience quite special at times.

With a mum who is a former model, its very easy to see where Ferns love
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