This was a set of the first four chapters of this book that I received through Netgalley.
In what promises to be a delightful and heart-warming read, this set of chapters introduces us to Abbie Morgan, a twenty-eight-year old Londoner heading to the small town of Littlewood where she is to live with her sister, Louise, having been made redundant and also broken off with her boyfriend. Pretty much as soon as she arrives there and enters the café where she is to meet Louise, she experiences an act of kindness―her lost bag is returned to her by complete strangers, something that takes her by surprise, for no one in London would have done such a thing. But with it, she is introduced to life in Littlewood where people look out for each other, are ever willing to lend a hand, extend random acts of kindness, and now that Abbey is part of Littlewood, and at the receiving end of kindness, she must continue the tradition and do her own bit of kindness for someone. Besides Abbey, other new arrivals at Littlewood, Ezther and her daughter Zoe, who have just come in from Budapest, and were in fact the ones who restored Abbey’s bag, also experience their own share of kindness. Everyone it seems, newcomer or resident, and irrespective of any personal troubles, is drawn in by its infectious atmosphere, and ready to do their act of kindness.
This was a really enjoyable and pleasant read for me. I loved the picture of life at Littlewood that one gets from these chapters―the pace may slower, and there may not be all that one gets in a metropolis, but the warmth and concern in its people and from them, in its atmosphere, makes life a much pleasanter prospect. One is just getting to know the characters and their backstories and the brief meeting was enough to get me interested in knowing what’s going to happen next, how things will turn out for each of them (since they each have personal troubles to work through, problems to face), and how the Littlewood atmosphere will work its magic on their lives. I’m definitely looking forward to the next instalment/s.