This review iew is written with thanks to the TBC Reviewers Group for my copy of Everyday Kindness via the publisher.
Everyday Kindness is a charity anthology of short, fictional stories of kindness, edited by LJ Ross. These uplifting tales of hope and of small, everyday kindnesses are intended to support wider, positive mental health goals and foster wellbeing through the act of reading tales of goodwill inspired by others. Featuring authors across the spectrum of literature, some international bestsellers and award-winning writers amongst them, this is a unique collection of words.
All proceeds from the book will be donated to Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
Authors include: LJ Ross, Adam Hamdy, Alex Smith, Alexander Gordon Smith, Alison Stockham, Anne O’Leary, Barbara Copperthwaite, J.D. Kirk, C.L. Taylor, Caroline Mitchell, Chris McDonald, C.K. McDonnell, Claire Sheehy, Clare Flynn, Darren O’Sullivan, David Leadbeater, Debbie Young, Deborah Carr, Emma Robinson, Graham Brack, Hannah Lynn, Heather Martin, Holly Martin, Ian Sainsbury, Imogen Clark, James Gilbert, Jane Corry, Jean Gill, J.J. Marsh, Judith O’Reilly, Kelly Clayton, Kim Nash, Leah Mercer, Liz Fenwick, Louise Beech, Louise Jensen, Louise Mumford, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Marcia Woolf, Mark Stay, Marcie Steele, Natasha Bache, Nick Jackson, Nick Quantrill, Nicky Black, Patricia Gibney, Rachel Sargeant, Rob Parker, Rob Scragg, S.E. Lynes, Shelley Day, Casey Kelleher, Sophie Hannah, Victoria Connelly, Victoria Cooke, Will Dean.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to read this collection of short stories. Some of the contributors are my favourite authors, and they did not disappoint, but I was also introduced to some authors who were new to me whose full length work I am encouraged to try.
Each of the stories in this collection are based in some way on the theme of kindness. This is such a wide topic that it means that each author has interpreted it in their own way and my eyes were really opened by these interpretations. As a result of this, there are lots of other themes that are explored alongside the main theme. The contributors also write in several different genres: crime, romance, historical and supernatural so there is something for all readers to relate to and to suit all tastes.
The proceeds from Everyday Kindness will be donated to Shelter. In the current times, many people are struggling with homelessness and housing issues so the collection feels as though it has come along at just the right time, both to support a wonderful charity and give hope to readers who may be struggling.
Everyday Kindness is available from Amazon.