Thursday, October 25, 2018

No Good Asking; Fran Kimmel

AUTHOR: Fran Kimmel
PUB. YEAR: 2018
SETTING:  Canada
FORMAT:  - print
RATING: 4.5/5 stars

No Good Asking is a quiet yet moving story, set in rural Canada about the power to heal the human spirit.

Hannah is an 11 year old girl whose mother has died. She was left living with her mother's abusive ex-boyfriend.  As the story opens she is spotted walking on a rural snowy road on a cold December night and appears bloodied.

Eric Nyland is in law enforcement, he spots her, rescues her and brings her home to stay with his family: wife Ellie, son Daniel 14 and autistic son Sammy, age 5, until other arrangements can be made.  Hannah's stay initially places undue stresses on this already troubled family, but as days pass her presence and positive attitude brings about subtle changes which may be just what this family needs to heal.

Told from the POV of Eric, Ellie, Daniel and Hannah, No Good Asking is a beautifully written story about kindness and its power to transform and heal.  Kindness is something the world needs more of these days. I thought this was a beautiful book.


  1. Kindness really is what everyone needs, always!

  2. Sounds like a very important message is in this book!

  3. We certainly do need more kindness. This sounds lovely.

  4. This sounds like one of those stories that can restore one's faith in humanity.

  5. Oh, this sounds like a lovely book. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I'll look for it at my library next week.

  6. Taking a troubled child in is kindness itself. Very few would dare do.

  7. This sounds an interesting book. Thanks for posting about it.

  8. Oh, this one sounds really good and I love that cover. How have you been? I've been buried over here.


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