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Length: 330 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7WDRBA
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More About the Author

Satya Robyn lives in the green skirts of the Malvern hills in the UK. Her new novel 'Afterwards' is out now.

Her last novel 'The Most Beautiful Thing' is a Kindle best-seller and follows 14 year old Joe's adventures in Amsterdam with his chaotic aunt Nel.

Her previous novels are 'Thaw', 'Small Kindnesses' and 'The Letters' and her other books include 'A Year of Questions: How to slow down and fall in love with life'.

She runs the mindful writing company 'Writing Our Way Home' which she co-founded with her husband Kaspa. She is the inventor of the short mindful writing form, 'small stones'.

She also works as a psychotherapist and is a Pureland Buddhist priest.

She loves growing vegetables, paying attention, vegan cupcakes, goldfinches, earl grey & her three cats, Fatty, Tsuki & Roshi.

Find out more at www.satyarobyn.com.

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By qangela on November 21, 2012
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I loved this subtle, gentle book. It's written from the point of view of Leonard, a man in his sixties, who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. Leonard is a very engaging central character and I cared about him and the people around him.

The story is written in the present tense and I found myself very engaged in each moment. Leonard is a gardener and I loved seeing plants and wildlife through his eyes. Descriptions of landscape and plants pervade the book and really add to it, giving the developing plot some space to breathe and the various changing relationships a chance to `bed in'. Gardening is a strong metaphor throughout the book, with lots of healthy weeding and nurturing going on within relationships, and a few aptly-named key characters.

The book explores human frailty and pain in a sensitive, naturalistic way, allowing plenty of time for reflection. There's plenty of growth and redemption there too.

It's a satisfying, engrossing story and it's been a pleasure to read. I can really recommend it.
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I love when I come across a book written so beautifully that it feels as though I am living in the same world as the characters involved. I could picture the gardens, feel the warmth of the tea and taste the sweetness of the cakes. I also felt a certain frustration (intended) with the characters as they hid their secrets and swept the 'messy' emotions under the rug only to be found later. Leonard is a good man, although he reminds me of the kind of man who shies away from conflict, never addressing those uncomfortable mood-swings of his wife or daughter. After finding some clues in an old handbag belonging to his deceased wife, Rose, he is confronted with the very source of these previously unexplained mood-swings. A lovely story that became a fast read as I found myself unable to put it down until I learned the real secret.
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By Sarita on November 18, 2012
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When I started reading this book I was enchanted with the writing. As I continued reading I could relate to Leonard and his feelings. When I found out the secret that Rose had kept in her heart I could relate to her also! I truly enjoyed reading this book. Please give this book a chance to give you something to think about and touch your heart.
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What would you do if you suddenly found that the person you were married to for many years had a secret life, a life that didn't gel with you knew her/him to be? That is the premise behind Fiona Robyn's "The Blue Handbag", now re-titled "Small Kindnesses". Leonard, still grieving for his wife Rose, finds a ticket in a handbag of hers that seems inexplicable to him. Leonard is a father, grandfather, friend, husband, and most importantly, a good man. Three years after his wife Rose has died, he is almost ready to move on until he discovers the mystery of the wife he knew so well. Weaving an intriguing plot with great characters, Robyn has produced a novel that is a fine read about people we'd like to know. Pickles the dog is a personal favorite. This novel is definitely worth reading--check it out.
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This is a really lovely, gentle story, and it is written with such beautifully descriptive language that reading it is a real treat. The mystery in this story revolves around a widower who has discovered that there were things about his late wife that he did not know, and he struggles to put together the clues that have been left behind to figure out what secrets she had hidden from him. In the course of this investigation, he winds up exploring his memories of his relationship with his late wife, his relationship with his daughter, his daughter's relationships with her husband and children, and his relationships with various friends and co-workers. All of these are very beautifully and realistically drawn with all of the complexities of real life.

While the mystery is what pulls the reader into the story and keeps the pages turning, these explorations of relationships and the small kindnesses that are so necessary to keep relationships alive are the real treasure of this novel. Gardeners will also find the descriptions of gardens and plants to be a treat!
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Small Kindnesses by Fiona Robyn is an excellent read. The novel is written in the third person present tense which took me by surprise. But it works so well. I was "in" there straightaway from the first page. The protagonist, Leonard, is an endearing widower who is so real and normal that I warmed to him straightaway. The plot twists and turns but you never flounder and think where's all this going? That there's a secret is obvious from the start. But what the secret is, is revealed very cleverly, layer by layer. The author has a couple of red herrings lying in wait and I found myself changing my mind just as Leonard does, as more information is revealed. It's almost a mystery, without a murder! If you like "solve it" type of novels, this would be one for you. But even if you're not into mystery novels, this is worth a read. The romance is tender, the pace, although "here and now" is actually quite fast paced. The reader sees things through Leonard's eyes and follows his train of thought as it goes off at a tangent - just like one's thoughts do in real life. But you have to keep reading. You have to find out what the secret is. A very neat, concise novel, an interesting cast of characters and a compelling plot that draws you along. Great for a holiday read or a back to work read - I rate this novel very highly indeed. And don't be put off by someone comparing Fiona Robyn to Joanna Trollope. Robyn is miles better than Trollope!
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