Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside
Jessica Ryn, Read by Joan Walker

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Narrated By: Joan Walker

Duration: 9 hours and 19 minutes

What to expect

‘This is the book we all need right now: a story of kindness and hope. I absolutely loved it’

Anstey Harris, bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

She’s not lost. She’s just waiting to be found…

‘Completely beguiling – a messy, loveable cast of characters with Dawn at the centre, bringing the light. A truly lovely read’
Beth Morrey, Sunday Times bestselling author of Saving Missy

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.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Contemporary romance

Listen to a sample

‘This is the book we all need right now: a story of kindness and hope. I absolutely loved it’
Anstey Harris,The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

‘Dealing with heartbreaking issues with humour, this will uplift your soul’ Heat

‘Charming, moving and joyous’
Alice Peterson,If You Were Here

‘Jessica Ryn writes with such warmth and sensitivity, I felt my heart crack more than once. Dawn Brightside is the heroine we never knew we needed’
Roxie Cooper,The Day We Met

‘I fell instantly in love with Dawn Brightside. She made my heart soar and ache all at once, and I was immediately rooting for her. It takes a talent to make you love and care for a character, which is testament to Jessica Ryn’s writing – clever, funny and full of heart’
Lia Louis,Somewhere Close to Happy

‘Utterly charming, uplifting and full of warmth. Dawn Brightside has found a very special place in my heart’ Katy Colins,How To Say Goodbye

‘The book equivalent of a glass half-full. It is love and light and brimming with a compassion that will inspire you to see the bright side. Not just within its pages, but within life’
Amy Beashal, The Sky is Mine

‘Beguiling and captivating. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside tackles homelessness, drug addiction, mental illness and the vulnerability that goes with it with warmth, humour and most of all, courage’ Sunday Post

‘A warm-hearted and utterly gorgeous read. The irrespressible Dawn heads up a wonderful cast of characters and the life-affirming story is one of kindness and hope. I loved it!’ Nicola Gill, The Neighbours

‘A joy of a book: funny, sad, enlightening and feelgood’ Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man

‘Spending time with Dawn Brightside has been a joy from start to finish! An uplifting story that will break your heart, then mend it again’ Louise Mumford, Sleepless