The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; due to be published 18 May 2020**
When Dawn is offered a bed at St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless, it means so much more than just a roof over her head. Dawn has been running from her past for 22 years but she’s finally found a group of people who need her and she can rebuild her life. When she discovers St Jude’s is facing closure, Dawn is determined to find a way to save this beacon of hope. But when her past finally catches up with her, will her new life crumble around her once again?
I had mixed feelings about this one really. The start felt a bit slow and not smooth. But by halfway I had settled into the story and liked it well enough. The narrative is actually alternated between Dawn and the hostel manager, a young lady named Grace. Dawn was quite scattered, albeit very kind hearted and genuinely wanting to help the other residents. Grace was a very lovely person who was trying to keep the hostel going despite any difficulties faced. While I wasn’t really into it in the beginning, by the end I was hoping that everything would work out for the hostel so it definitely grew on me. A good debut for the author and one I think that a lot of readers would like.