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Book Tour Review: The Charity of Strangers – Alison Burke

The synopsis of The Charity of Strangers sounded really promising, so I was happy to dive into this book. In this blog post you’ll find out what my thoughts on this book are!

What is The Charity of Strangers about?

Author: Alison Burke

Release Date: November 25, 2020.

Genre: Coming of Age,  Women’s Contemporary fiction

Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?


You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.


Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets,  but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.


Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home.  Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.


Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?


What did I think of The Charity of Strangers?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The setting of this book was different from the settings in other books I read. It was refreshing to me!

The main character, Zaffron, is portrayed as a strong girl. She is complex in her own way, but throughout the story, she develops into a strong character. Blaire also is a very interesting character. He carries secrets with him, which are uncovered through the story surprisingly. In general, there’s a varied group of characters with each a different background and a different story to their lives. This was very interesting to explore. We have someone dealing with getting their life back on track, someone dealing with a divorce, someone dealing with a haunting past,… This was so interesting to read.

This story is one full of hope. I loved the messages it carried and flew through it. Burke writes in a very fluent way.

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the free ebook. This in no way affected my opinion.

Who is the author behind The Charity of Strangers?

Alison Burke was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad,mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came her way and now she has the time to read, write and remember

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This blog tour is organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. This blog tour runs from April 4th until April 13th. You can find the tour schedule below.

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