The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside – Jessica Ryn


She’s always looking on the bright side…

Dawn Elisabeth Brightside has been running from her past for twenty-two years and two months, precisely.

So when she is offered a bed in St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless, it means so much more than just a roof over her head.

But with St Jude’s threatened with closure, Dawn worries that everything is about to crumble around her all over again.

Perhaps, with a little help from her new friends, she can find a way to save this light in the darkness?

And maybe, just maybe, Dawn will finally have a place to call home….

My review

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside is one of hope, love, friendship and new beginnings. It is a beautiful story that pulls at the heart strings.

Dawn, a homeless woman who has seen too much tragedy in her life, moves into St Jude’s a hostel for the homeless. Grace, who runs the hostel is kind, caring and wants to help all who come through the doors of St Jude’s. The author presents important issues, including mental illness and homelessness. Along with this, we can see the kindness and care of some people in the community. Dawn is prepared to risk it all, as she fights for St Jude’s to remain open. She becomes a friend to many and gains true friendships. Dawn is a lovely character who shows kindness and loyalty to those around her.

I found the novel slow in pace to begin with, yet enjoyed the characters, their backstories and was behind them, cheering them on until the very end. This is a novel that provides hope and one well worth reading right now. What a great read!

Thank you Harper Collins Australia for sending me a copy to read in exchange for my honest review.


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