The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn.


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….

The utterly charming feel-good debut novel of 2020 to curl up with.

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryan is published by HQ Stories and is available in hardback, eBook and on audiobook.

My thoughts

This was an absolutely gorgeous novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Dawn is a hugely loveable character. She felt older than her years. I had to keep reminding myself that she was only in her forties but I feel that is because of the weight the years have put on her. She made me smile, chuckle and full on belly laugh. She also made me cry. This strange little community of people at St Jude’s had such heart. They are what some would consider the lowest of the low but within the pages of this novel you see that each and everyone has a sad tale to tell and that any one of us are just a bad turn away from being in a situation like them.

This was a truly heartwarming read. Yes at times it was very sad but it reminded me how resilient we can be and that as long as we have someone to care about and someone to care for us, well, we can make it through the tough times. It also showed me that sometimes the people who really care are there even when we can’t see it and the heart and empathy that can be found when needed. During these difficult times, when so many people are suffering for so many different reasons, this novel seems to capture the magic of the human spirit.

How to sum up my time at St Jude’s with Dawn and the other wonderful characters in this story? It was a wonderfully uplifting read, full of memorable characters and a story that will stay with me for a long time.

Many thanks to the lovely team at HQ Stories for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a digital copy via Netgalley. It was a real pleasure to meet Dawn.

About the author

Jessica Ryn is a former midwife and homeless resettlement worker. She has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at CCCU, and her stories have been shortlisted for the Kimberly Chambers’ Kickstarter Award, Wordsmag and the Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing. When she’s not scribbling away, Jessica can be found meandering through the woods, reading stories that pull on the feel-strings and eating yoghurt-covered skittles. Jessica lives in Dover with her husband, two children and their high-spirited springer spaniel. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside is her debut novel.

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