She’s not lost. She’s just waiting to be found…
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….
This was a gentle, sweet portrayal of mental illness, addiction and homelessness, it doesn’t shy away from the ugliness but treats its characters with kindness and compassion.
Dawn and her fellow residents at St Jude’s all have had very difficult lives that they’re finally starting to move on from when their safety and sanctuary is threatened.
Dawn constantly reinvents herself, in her head, each new life more fantastical than before, running from the pain of her real life.
There is real heart in this story of people with less than nothing finding their way in life and building a family.
The characters are well written and empathetic, I especially felt for Grace and Cara, as well as the irrepressible Dawn.
I will admit a little tear in my eye at a few points but the redemptive and heartwarming ending made up for the sniffling.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.