Julian’s fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia, flying a hawk high on a ridge. Julian is an English student, heading toward academia; Julia is married and eight years his senior. And yet, ignoring warnings from family and friends, they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life in London offers immense happiness, especially after their daughter, Mira, is born.
But when Julian’s adored—and remote—boyhood home becomes available, he sets out to re-create a lost paradise for his new family. Once again, he allows love to blind him. Only when Mira becomes dangerously ill does it become impossible for Julia to conceal the explosive secret that she has been keeping.
When I started The Kindness I wasn’t really sure about the characters and if I would be able to really understand them or even like either one of them. Once I started reading the story, however, I found that I did like both of them. I liked “Julian” because of how easy he fell in-love and his stubbornness. He saw someone or something he wanted and he kept trying to get it until he finally succeeded. I liked “Julia” because of her wisdom and how willing she was to give their love a chance. Throughout most of the novel I felt like “Julian” and “Julia” had a happy but boring life together. I really liked “Julian” until later in the story when he cheated on his wife. By that point in the book I then started feeling sorry for “Julia” and his daughter. But when “Julia” reveals that she has a secret to her husband I felt kind of sorry for her husband too.
The one constant that I always thought about throughout the story and through the husband and wife’s issues was their daughter “Mira.” I can imagine how she felt the entire time while not only dealing with an illness and but having to deal with family issues too. Because it is set in London I had some trouble with the different “slang” and wording that citizens of another country used. I liked this novel, but I was glad when I finished it; mainly because I found some areas long and boring. I give The Kindness a “6” and Polly Samson an “8.”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Tiffany