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The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness

By Laura Kemp

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A fun and feel-good read, perfect for fans of Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan.

'Witty, Warm, and Wonderful. I loved it!' Milly Johnson

Sometimes all it takes to make the world a better place is a small act of kindness...

'A truly wonderful and heartwarming read' Heidi Swain

'I loved it' Clare Mackintosh

The perfect feel-good read for fans of Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan



When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple of nights - long enough to scatter her mother's ashes, and then go back to her life as a successful make-up entrepreneur.

But when a case of mistaken identities means she lands a job as the barmaid in the local pub, she unexpectedly finds friendship, and perhaps a chance at love.

But when the plans for a new housing estate put the local woodland under threat, she fears the way of life here could disappear.

Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village - a string of bunting adorns the streets, a new village signpost appears out of nowhere and someone provides paint to spruce up the houses on the seafront. Who is behind these acts of kindness and can they help in the race to save the village from the faceless developers...?

Welcome to the Village of Love. Where friendship flourishes and love blossoms...

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Readers are loving this gorgeously feel-good uplifting novel:

'An absolute joy. Five stars' Isabelle Broom, Heat

'Heartwarming, wise, funny and romantic...this is a delight' Rachael Lucas, bestselling author of Wildflower Bay

'A truly wonderful and heartwarming read' Heidi Swain, Sunday Times bestselling author of Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair

'I absolutely loved it!' Cathy Bramley, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Cafe

'A perfect feel-good read that will lift your spirits no end' The Sun

'An adorable life-affirming book' Rowan Coleman

'This wonderfully warm, funny and inspirational story from Laura Kemp will have you cheering from first page to last. It's the kind of book that rekindles your hope in good things. I loved it!' Miranda Dickinson

'I have completely and utterly fallen in love with this book; with the characters, the setting and the wonderfully written story. Beautifully brilliant. I love this book. Five stars'. Anne, Random Things Through My Letterbox

'This really is a wonderful book. With fabulous characters and a beautiful setting. This book will make you want to spread your own acts of kindness and make the lives of people that you meet just that little bit better. Absolutely loved it. Five stars.' Karen, Goodreads reviewer

'A beautiful book...I loved it...you can't help but feel better about life once you have read it. It puts a smile on your face. It is uplifting, shares the best of human kindness and makes you appreciate that life is so much more than material possessions. It really is a feel-good book, that is perfect for those cold winter evenings. Five stars.' Jo, Goodreads reviewer

'A very entertaining, page-turning book, that was just that little bit different character-wise, and with a lovely ending. Very enjoyable.' Claire, Goodreads reviewer

'I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as a cosy sit by the fire with a cuppa read, and I defy you to try reading it without the sound of the lovely welsh voices in your head.' Lorraine, Goodreads reviewer

Biographical Notes

Laura Kemp writes tender but hilarious romantic comedies which are unashamed love letters to the everywoman. She is a journalist and has written for the Guardian, Daily Mail and the Sun amongst others. Laura lives with her husband and son in Cardiff, where she pretends to be a domestic revolutionary so she doesn't have to do the ironing.

Follow all her book news at facebook.com/Laurakempbooks or on Twitter @Laurajanekemp

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  • ISBN: 9781409174837
  • Publication date: 22 Feb 2018
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Orion
Warm, witty, Welsh and wonderful — Milly Johnson, author of The Queen of Wishful Thinking
A truly wonderful and heartwarming read — HEIDI SWAIN
Heartwarming, wise, funny and romantic...this is a delight — RACHAEL LUCAS
I loved it — Clare Mackintosh
Gorgeous from start to finish - if this doesn't warm your heart I don't know what will! — HOLLY HEPBURN, author of A YEAR AT THE STAR AND SIXPENCE
A lovely, warm, uplifting read...loved it — CLARE SWATMAN, author of Before You Go
Warm, uplifting and refreshingly original. I absolutely loved it! — Cathy Bramley
A perfect feel-good read that will lift your spirits no end. — The Sun
Utterly beautiful. I am spellbound — Anne Cater, blogger at Random Things Through My Letterbox
An adorable life-affirming book — Rowan Coleman
This wonderfully warm, funny and inspirational story from Laura Kemp will have you cheering from first page to last. It's the kind of book that rekindles your hope in good things. I loved it! — Miranda Dickinson

Praise for Laura Kemp's warm, feel-good reads:

Witty, warm and wise with the funniest one-liners - totally loved every page. Laura Kemp delivers another winner

— MILLY JOHNSON
Warm, funny, sweet *and* spicy, what a fab read — LUCY DIAMOND
A warm-hearted, laugh-out-loud story of the things we do (or don't do) in pursuit of love. Sexy, witty and wise, with moments that will steal your heart — MIRANDA DICKINSON
Gorgeous! Funny, clever, romantic and real, it's brilliant — RACHAEL LUCAS
Fun but with real heart — FABULOUS MAGAZINE
Warm, witty, Welsh and wonderful — Milly Johnson, author of The Queen of Wishful Thinking
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