Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Kindness

Top Three Reasons This Looks Like a Great Summer Read:

1. London is the perfect book vacation setting.
2. Family and love are dominant traits in this one.
3. Samson's writing sounds gorgeous.

A novel both heartbreaking and hopeful, about love and family, and the major and minor ways we lose people in our lives—from an acclaimed talent.

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.

In this first introduction to American readers, the acclaimed Polly Samson explores how the yearning for the past can affect joy in the present and the future. The Kindness is a haunting story of love, grief, betrayal, and reconciliation—masterfully plotted and exquisitely rendered.

We have two copies of The Kindness to give away to our readers. This giveaway is open to residents of the US. You must be 18+ years of age to win. Reading Lark is not responsible for prize delivery; the publicist will be sending out the book.

The giveaway runs from July 21-28. Winner will be notified via email on July 29.


  1. I've never read a Polly Samson book and this one sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for spotlighting Polly and this book. xo

  2. I'm the other side of the coin as Jen (comment on 7/21); I want to read more Samson after enjoying Perfect Lives! Thank you indeed for this opportunity. Cheers, Kara S


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