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The Kindness Project

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Help the baker's ex-wife widow
Find the true calling for the village shop owner
Call a truce on a decades-old feud
Forgive me...?

The locals of the Cornish village of Polperran are grieving the sudden loss of Bea Kimbrel, a cornerstone of their small community.

Now her reclusive, estranged daughter Alice has turned up, keen to tie up Bea's affairs and move on.

But Alice receiv
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 8th 2021 by Headline Publishing Group
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Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and it was a delight to read. We find Alice just after her Mum has passed away - the Mum she had become estranged from many years earlier. It turns out the her Mum had left her some tasks to carry out after her death - all connected with the kindness mentioned in the title. The complex relationships of village life come to the fore during the book and Alice has some issues to work through. Sad in places but hopefully Alice can finally find some peace in her life.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Kindness Project is a book that had me enticed simply by a quick read of the blurb. I love stories of kindness and I believe there is always time to be kind in life. The sound of the project set by Bea for her daughter had me intrigued and I was eager to read all about it. I loved the sound of The Kindness Project straight away and the book itself lived up to all my expectations and more. I could not stop reading.

We meet Alice
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I believe in kindness. This is the main reason why I said yes when I was offered the opportunity to read Sam Binnie’s novel. I will admit I barely read the blurb. I was in love with the idea of reading something warm, something that would remind me that people are good, that they can have someone’s best interests at heart or can do something without expecting anything in return.

Did The Kindness Project remind me of those things? Yes. But it also gave me food for thought and a new place to call a
Karen Mace
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
You can't escape the message of 'Be Kind' all around right now, so it's only right that you do yourselves a favour and treat yourself to this book as it will give you all the warm and huggy feels and being kind to yourself is a great place to start with your own kindness project!!

It's an emotional story from the start as Alice is travelling home after hearing that she has lost her mum. They were never close and she never even got invited to the funeral, so it feels odd to her to be travelling ba
Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a BookwormI received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.So The Kindness Project was a book that I had to warm up to. At first I was not very keen on Alice. She was uptight and boring. And I felt it very hard to connect to her.  But I persisted and slowly became invested.

For me there were a lot of memories to shift through, that couldn't captur
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bea Adlington wasn’t perfect in life, but she tried her best with her local community but never quite made a big enough connection with her daughter. In death, she has created a project for Alice that could help her daughter understand her and complete some important unfinished tasks. But Alice has created an emotional barrier not only around her relationship with her distant Mum but with people in general. She’s not really up to the task set in her Mum’s will, but the charming Cornish town slow ...more
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had read and enjoyed Sam Binnie's previous books which were written a few years ago. I was thrilled to see that she had written another book. Sam's previous books were lighthearted whereas this book was more serious and had a lot more depth to it. It is a different style to her previous books, but I like both this book and her previous ones. I didn't warm to the protagonist Alice to start with. As the story developed and we learn more about her, bit by bit I began to like and understand her. T ...more
Ruth Moss
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was a true feel good book without being twee and contrived. The characters were well rounded and had depth, the setting was gorgeous with imagery that gave me a home I wanted to return to whenever I was away from the pages.

There were elements I found frustrating, like the lack of communication between characters that lead to quite important and life changing situations rather than simple misunderstandings - this is a trope I find frustrating as I am a naturally open and talkative pers
I loved Sam Binnie's previous books, "The Wedding Diaries" and "The Baby Diaries", so I couldn't believe my eyes when I've spotted that, after all those years, she has another book coming out. Requested, downloaded, started to read.
I'm at 52% at the moment and I won't be reading any more. The book annoys me incredibly, I can't warm to Alice, there are tons of other characters and actually there is nothing happening. There are memories, memories, memories that can't capture my attention, the stor
Susanne Scott
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. I was intrigued from the start. The way Alice and her feelings are betrayed were very identifiable and real and I was curious about her perception of what happened between her and her mother and what really may of happened when she reflects on it with more knowledge and a different perception. The whole way that feelings of anxiety, depression and grief are described and dealt with was honest, raw and real. I didn’t see those plot twist of Alice’s family tree, which in the ...more
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