Title: The Imperfect Art of Caring
Author: Jessica Ryn/ Narrated by Rebecca Cooper
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.26
One small act can make a big difference.
Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.
But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend Adam, for help. Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for approving me for an ARC of this book. I was really excited start this one especially after hearing a lot of good things about her debut last year.
I loved Violet Strong! She was a very humbling character and I often felt that I wanted to swoop in and give her a massive cuddle. Violet didn’t have a very high opinion of herself and and I couldn’t help but be a little annoyed at her sister for leaving her so quickly. Whilst Violet hadn’t been around for so long there as obviously a very good reason for it. I didn’t think it would of hurt her sister to stay a week or so to show her the ropes.
At the start things were very tense with Violet and Glenys. I felt so much sympathy for both of them because, whilst Glenys was horrid, I could imagine it was very humiliating having your daughter care for you so closely. I was proud of Violet for sticking with it and trying to make the best of an awkward situation.
It was clear from the start that Violet didn’t want to return to her home town and I was very curious to find out why. She clearly blamed herself for a lot and I couldn’t understand why she thought so little of herself. As the story progressed it was great to see her settle into her life with her mum and get more involved in the community. Once the secrets were revealed my heart broke for Violet. It felt like everything she had achieved was starting to crumble and I really hoped things would work out for her.
Whilst Violet was a brilliant main character I also loved a lot of the others. Tammy was an angel in disguise! Whilst she would say that Violet helped her and cared for her a lot I don’t think she really understood what she did for Violet. She was another very humbling character who just needed a helping hand. In all honesty the whole cast of characters were all loveable and each one was a hidden gem.
Jessica Ryn has written another incredible story that will leave it’s readers with a smile on their face. One minute I was filled with so much joy, the next I was reaching for the tissues. I am very excited about what she writes next!