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A new novel of women's friendship from the author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship and Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.With the remnants of her past rattling in the trunk of her Chevy, Jenna Elliott abandons her Seattle home determined to start life anew. Her journey compels her to the door of two friends: Claire, an ex-Buddhist nun and cancer survivA new novel of women's friendship from the author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship and Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.With the remnants of her past rattling in the trunk of her Chevy, Jenna Elliott abandons her Seattle home determined to start life anew. Her journey compels her to the door of two friends: Claire, an ex-Buddhist nun and cancer survivor, eager to escape her overbearing family for what may be her last chance to fulfill a dream; and Nicole, a professional Life Coach who can’t even control her own teenage son. But what starts out as an impulsive road trip soon becomes an inexorable journey to their past, as the women grapple with who they were, who they are, and the strange twists that have now set them on the road to their hometown of Pine Lake. There, Jenna discovers that her random act of kindness has rippled out into the world like a stone dropped into a deep pond, coming back to rock her life—and those of her friends—in ways they never expected....

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ISBN : 9781455572854
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Random Acts of Kindness Reviews

  • Joy
    2019-04-30 12:37

    I won a copy from goodreads - thanks! Look forward to receiving it. My copy arrived today!Update - I finished this book and I have to say of all the books I have won from Goodreads, this one is my absolute favorite! I plan to read all of Lisa Verge Higgins' books now that I have read this one. It is well written, moving, inspiring and just plain wonderful! I'll write more soon but just wanted to say how much I liked this book. I highly recommend it!

  • Julie
    2019-05-06 20:21

    Mixed feelings on this one - I'll give it a three, but that's a smidge of a stretch. I never really connected with any of the characters so I had a hard time getting into the book. There were portions that piqued my interest and kept me reading, but there were also a lot of low spots that I sort of plodded through. I also had a hard time with the whole quest to find all these old school friends, and the ultimate outcome of that. I just never got the impression that any of them were all that close in school, and certainly didn't keep in touch afterwards, so the whole "bonding" theme just fell flat for me. So overall it was okay, not a horrible book, but not one that I will keep with me for any length of time.

  • Anne
    2019-05-02 15:36

    I won this book in a GoodReads first read. Even before opening the book, I loved the cover, both the title and the picture of the pink peonies. I really enjoyed the book. It offered so much from the different problems the characters faced, and how they faced them with the support of long lost friends. It reminded me of friendships that I had years ago and have resumed in recent years, without missing a beat. The book gave testament to the power of childhood friendships, and the idea that those shared memories from years ago create a bond that we can go back to, and find strength and camaraderie in, if we only make the effort. Many of the characters faced difficulties in the book. The problems were in no way sugar coated and the problems were not resolved by the end of the book. However, I was left with a feeling of hopefulness for all of the characters, as they all formed a plan of action to face the problems head on. Lisa alluded that there would be a follow up book. I can't wait to see what happens to the characters.As someone who believes in the power of mindfulness, I loved her description. "Mindfulness. It's the ability to be intensely present. It's a way of being aware of everything you sense and feel. It is a way to shut off the roll and tumble of your thoughts, You can finally identify what you are really thinking. You'll recognize how you feel. You'll acknowledge those feelings. Then you can respond to them better."This is definitely a book to share with friends, both old and new.Lisa Verge Higgins

  • I read novels
    2019-04-28 12:29

    Breast cancer is a devastating diagnosis every women fear.In the fiction book Random Acts of Kindness, Claire Petrenko always knew it was coming. Breast cancer very sadly claimed the live of both her mother and her younger sister.Six weeks ago Claire had just came out of having a mastectomy. Claire no longer boobs she hadn't bothered with reconstructive surgery, she didn't even bother wearing a padded bra.After Claire's diagnosis her sisters set up a blog for her, now everyone knows where Claire lived.Out of the blue there was a knock on Claire's front door, she knew it was not one of her sisters as they had just left visiting her. Once Claire had opened the door she recognized Jenna her old friend from high school. But Claire's mind raced seeking a reason why her old friend from high school would suddenly turn up at her house of a buddy with cancer. By surprise a few minutes later another friend Nicole turns up to visit Claire.Jenna Hogan has been planning a road trip for three weeks to go to Pine Lake three miles away. Claire wants to escape from the label cancer victim and decides to go with Jenna and Nicole on the road trip. Each three women want to go on a road trip together for their own reasons in life. As the story unfolds we learn more about the three women.I hope many readers enjoy reading Random Acts of Kindness as much as I did.Review by

  • Ellen
    2019-05-02 20:28

    While following Jenna, Claire and Nicole on a road trip, the reader is taken on quite an emotional ride. The three friends are dealing with managing major changes and challenges in their lives. Their friendship, their individual stories and their experiences capture your heart and mind. I loved this book for the journey into these women's lives.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-05-21 12:31

    Review to follow!

  • Jillymom
    2019-05-17 16:32

    Makes me want to take a road trip with women friends... and maybe shave my head.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-23 14:46

    I felt I should have liked this book more than I did. There were lots of good things in it but I did not really connect with any of the characters. I also found it a tad depressing to read about three women all going through such difficult challenges in their lives even though there was hopefulness at the end. Perhaps my biggest problem was the sudden close reconnections with the high school friends. It didn't seem like they'd kept in contact with each other through the years or were good enough friends in high school to go traveling across country with each baring their souls as they did. Claire is an ex-Buddhist nun with breast cancer-the third in her family, Jenna is experiences upheavals with her job and family, and Nicole is dealing with her oldest son receiving treatment for mental issues. On what first seems to be a whim, Jenna decides to drop out of her life by visiting Claire in Oregon. Claire in turn decides they need to take a cross a country trip so she can complete the white water rafting trip she abandoned in high school in the Adirondacks. Along their circuitous route, they reconnect with old friends. There were lots of life lessons about parenting, dealing with cancer, and finding peace with oneself. It should have been more uplifting for me than it was.

  • Karyn Niedert
    2019-05-07 13:32

    "Random Acts of Kindness" is the first book I've read by author Lisa Verge Higgns, and I'm glad Goodreads gave me the opportunity to read it as a winner in their Goodreads Giveaway of this book."Random" is a multi-layered novel, with Jenna, Claire, and Nicole as the main characters taking a trip to their hometown with many pit stops to see old friends along the way. Jenna is running away from home to gather her thoughts after a major fault line appears in her marriage. Claire is along for the ride, battling cancer and her own inner demons. Nicole is the optimistic life coach, trying to understand her son's recent emotional turmoil. Each friend is keeping secrets, not wanting the others to know how far off kilter their lives have become."Random Acts" was a thought-provoking, enjoyable read that kept me interested in all of the characters until the very last page. Higgins did a FANTASTIC job of slowly peeling the layers of each character's story. I will absolutely seek out more books by this author, and sincerely hope for a follow up to this story, as some of the minor characters sounded like they deserved a book of their own.

  • Linda Lombri
    2019-05-05 19:21

    I loved the title and cover design of this book and the content did not disappoint. Random Acts of Kindness is a compelling story of enduring friendships and the life challenges each woman faces. The cross country journey that Jenna, Claire and Nicole take is an inspiring inner journey. I laughed, cried, cheered, and empathized with each one along the way. By the end of the book, you know that each woman has the courage and ability to confront their problems and fears with strength and compassion, no matter the outcome. I look forward to reading more about them in subsequent books.Lisa Verge Higgins writes beautifully, with strength, insight, humor and compassion. This book is a great read!

  • Ann
    2019-05-20 19:29

    Jenna is at loose ends and jumps in her car for a road trip to see Clair, a high school best friend who is fighting cancer. The pair of them decide to drive cross country to their hometown so Clair can fullfill a wish to raft down a river. They pick up several more high school friends and they all find there are things they need to do. Nichole needs to accept her son's weakness, Clair needs to move forward after her husband strays and Clair needs to decide what's best for her treatment, not what her sisters decide is best. A great story of friendship and being selfless. A perfect beach read.

  • Elizabeth Henry
    2019-04-26 18:22

    I absolutely loved this book! I was honestly disappointed when I came to the end. Lisa Verge Higgins has a unique ability to breathe life into her characters, making them seem less like characters in a novel, and more like friends. And I would love to get to know these friends better. This book is a definite must read., not just for the characters, but the message. Stay close to the people you love, no matter how much it hurts.

  • Lynsie
    2019-05-02 12:27

    Three old friends who haven't seen each other in years but have one thing in common--their lives are disasters. They set out on a roadtrip to try to reclaim themselves and relive their past. Great book of female friendship.

  • Pat Morris
    2019-04-30 15:37

    Wonderful story of friendship. Feel good book.

  • Nancy Dignan
    2019-05-03 14:23

    Nice beach read, old High School friends, cross country road trip, 3 problems to resolve. Enjoy!

  • Kaye
    2019-05-06 16:21

    One of the best "girlfriend" books ever.

  • Marj
    2019-05-20 17:30

    Really good book, great character development, and much to love in the friendship of these women, each with life problems to resolve. I especially liked the road trip, done I love road trips.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-05 16:45

    I couldn't wait to read this because of the title. I have not kept in touch with anyone from my High School, we have moved too many times. I often thought how great that would be. I think this book should have been called something else, Girl Friend Road Trip, Reconnecting, Going Home, Unfinished Business or Looking Back. These titles describe what the book was about, not Random Acts of Kindness. I had a hard time getting through this book because I could not relate to the characters.

  • Nichole Taggart
    2019-05-14 20:34

    This book was just amazing. The author really made you feel as though you were traveling across country with these friends. Add to that the real problems each of the main characters faced and you are emotionally connected. It is a powerful story of friendship, life, and getting back to your roots to find who you are.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-02 20:28

    very predictable but I like the narrator. An okay book to listen to as I walk.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-05 16:38

    This book was soooo boring!!! I kept waiting for something to happen .... can’t believe I finished it.

  • Story Circle Book Reviews
    2019-05-06 16:51

    Recoiling from a difficult situation in her life, Jenna got into her car and drove straight through to Roseburg, Oregon. She hadn't seen Claire, her high school friend, in sixteen years, and hoped against hope that her unannounced visit would be welcomed. Claire was not only stunned to see Jenna at her doorstep, but also touched when Jenna invited her on a road trip anywhere of her choosing—Jenna's way of helping her friend recover from a double mastectomy. Claire had one wish: to ride the rapids on the Hudson River Gorge in the hometown of their alma mater in New York. But to pull that off, she would need more friends to help, so the two proceeded to the next one on the list.Yup, she [Jenna] just drove down from Seattle and showed up at my cabin and offered to take me on a road trip for the next three weeks... Isn't it the most selfless, generous random act of kindness?... Back in high school I left something unfinished, something I always wanted to check off but never did. So Jenna and I are planning to head back to Pine Lake.That was Claire's response to Nicole who asked why Claire and Jenna showed up out of the blue at her San Francisco home. The interesting fact was that Nicole also decided to help them gather more friends on their wild road trip to Pine Lake. But what would make three women suddenly drop what they're doing and take off for three weeks?Award-winning and best-selling contemporary women's fiction author Lisa Verge Higgins has spun a tale about three different women with three different needs whose friendship eventually took on greater meaning while they ventured on a 4,000-mile cross-country trip. Indeed, Jenna, Claire, and Nicole (shy, daring, and athletic, respectively) were running away from gut-wrenching situations that they neither wanted to disclose nor discuss, and for a good reason. They hadn't seen each other since high school. Now in their 30s, they would have to overcome past jealousies and girlish opinions before they'd feel comfortable enough to expose the truth that was carefully hidden behind their facades.Amid the turmoil in the lives of each woman, Higgins created scenes—un-hackneyed and often uproariously funny—to knock sense into these hardheaded women to help them realize that they had to face their pain if they wanted to get on with life. Little by little, they began to soften, sharing their woes and offering advice one to another. Often times, Claire's Buddhist logic would hit the nail right on the head, as in the case of Nicole who tried to wrap her head around the concept of Nirvana.Nirvana is a state of past and present. Yes, the future is joyous. But to reach it, you also have to accept the most painful times in your past. But more than that, you [Nicole] have to understand that it's in those most troubled times where the seeds of happiness are sown.Higgins confessed "that the cross-country expedition in Random Acts of Kindness mirrors a road trip" she once took with the man who eventually became her husband. Undeniably, she has incorporated a mix of breath taking, idyllic, and monotonous "endless stretch of road" scenes of the countryside, as well as popular and local landmarks into the narrative, which kept it fresh and flowing, especially during poignant moments.The characters in Random Acts of Kindness are women not so very different from you and me. Although it's heart-warming and very engaging from beginning to end, this novel draws awareness to real-life issues that women face daily, such as insecurity and loneliness. I look forward to its upcoming Anita Lockfor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by, for, and about women

  • Karen Laird
    2019-04-23 20:49

    RandomActs of KindnessByLisa Verge HigginsLisa Verge Higgins has a wonderful way of taking the mundane of life, the everyday crisis that we live through and turning it into a delightful read that leaves us giggling, laughing, and dabbing at our eyes as our mascara slides down our cheeks either in sheer mirth or in gut wrenching sobs as we connect at an intimate level with what is happening to the characters in one of her novels.I have had the unique pleasure of participating in lively and spirited book club reads with Lisa over the last few years as her books have been released, as hosted by Debbie Haupt through the General Fiction board at the now defunct Barnes and Nobles Book Clubs. Each book was a month long road through one of her works and punctuated with spirited dialogue and camaraderie with Lisa’s willing participation. The days were filled with laughter and tears, arguments and debates, but most of all lots of fun. The last book that came out in 2013 was Random Acts of Kindness. As we all discovered very quickly, this was a story of a different flavor. Even though there was some light hearted banter between the characters of Random Acts of Kindness, the subject matter of this book seemed to hit most of us a little closer to home and on issues a little more difficult to talk about. What do you say to your sister who is dying of cancer? Or to your sister if you have cancer but have a different viewpoint on how you want to deal with facing the possibility of imminent death? How do you keep your head above the water and blues?What do you say to your friends when you can’t even admit to yourself that you can’t handle the failure going on in your own life? You have always been the rock, the one who could be counted on to come through, but you know you can’t be perfect anymore. What do you do? How do you share your worst nightmare of your married life with your friends? How can you let them share with you something that you can’t even face or share with yourself?The characters within the pages deal with such real turmoil on levels that the reader can identify with and feel, as if the emotions roiling within are their own. You know that the writer has truly hit home when you have to set the book aside and pick up the box of tissue and hold it as the sobs wrack your soul, for you have lived that experience, that trial. In the guise of a farewell road trip for one of the characters, each of the characters faces their own demons and discovers the strength and friendship of the other friends along the way, that help them through their own crisis. Though a much darker novel than her others, Random Acts of Kindness does not lack for Lisa’s magical touch of well-placed hilarity where it is needed, in a timely manner. Even though this was probably the most difficult of all the novels for me to read because I identified so closely with the subject matter, I would consider this probably the best of her literary works to date. Random Acts of Kindness is worthy of five stars (and 3 boxes of tissue). A job well done.The sequel to Random Acts of Kindness will be coming out in the Spring of 2015. You will not want to miss the continuing story of the friends we first met on the road trip across America in Random Acts of Kindness. There is nothing like life time friends that you can depend on when life just "happens", for that is when you find out who your friends truly are. Shade Tree Book Reviews and Blog

  • Tonya
    2019-05-06 14:47

    A new novel of women's friendship from the author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship and Friendship Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.With the remnants of her past rattling in the trunk of her Chevy, Jenna Elliott abandons her Seattle home determined to start life anew. Her journey compels her to the door of two friends: Claire, an ex-Buddhist nun and cancer survivor, eager to escape her overbearing family for what may be her last chance to fulfill a dream; and Nicole, a professional Life Coach who can’t even control her own teenage son. But what starts out as an impulsive road trip soon becomes an inexorable journey to their past, as the women grapple with who they were, who they are, and the strange twists that have now set them on the road to their hometown of Pine Lake. There, Jenna discovers that her random act of kindness has rippled out into the world like a stone dropped into a deep pond, coming back to rock her life—and those of her friends—in ways they never expected.-- This was my first book by Lisa. The first 100 pages or so, I liked the friendship between the women but I needed a map or something to keep track of where we were, who was who, and then all the sudden it got good. You know the kind of good, where you must stop everything, tell all your reader friends to grab it good? Yea, that kind of good! These days everyone has been affected in some way by cancer, divorce, cheating, so this book will be relevant in some way. Lisa has done an excellent job. I loved it so much, I just sat last night and I couldn't get enough of it. My eyes wanted to close, but my mind said no. Three friends go on a road trip, each with their own journey, not really knowing what the other is going through. Picking up others along the way.With the promise of another book hopefully, I am there!! This definitely will NOT be my last book by Higgins!! I highly recommend this read, but grab a box of Kleenex you will need it. Cheer the ladies on!!!

  • TarHeelGirl00
    2019-05-02 12:24

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a spontaneous, extensive road trip with a few of your old high school friends? That's what happens when Jenna, an introvert with marriage problems, shows up on the doorstep of Claire, a former Buddhist nun who has cancer. They pick up Nicole, a life coach battling her own issues, and a journey with endless possibilities begins!This is a well-written novel about rekindling true friendships. The author takes the serious situations these women face and mixes in humor to create a wonderful story. The character's real inner personalities are slowly revealed as they travel across the country, remembering so much from their past, as well as making new memories. You'll feel like you are traveling right along with them, and it will make you yearn for a similar road trip of your own!Jenna, Claire, and Nicole all encounter much needed personal insight from their journey, but the most valuable lesson is experienced by the reader! I anxiously await the second installment of this series!

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-25 12:27

    Reading Random Acts of Kindness was like being wrapped up in my favorite old blanket. It is a story of three long lost friends, each dealing with her own crisis in her life, who come together for a cross country trip to the place where they grew up. Along the way they help each other to deal with the tragedies they have each endured to come out on the other side stronger and more able to face their lives knowing that they are each only a phone call away with each other. This book about friendships is a wonderful book to curl up with, whether it's on a snowy, cold day or you are sunbathing on the beach!This is the first book I have read by Lisa Verge Higgins but I plan to read others! * I was given a free copy of this book to read and review as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

  • Amy Yingling
    2019-04-29 19:29

    Random Acts of Kindness made me want to call all my friends and get together for a road trip. The bonds of great friendships, even over such a long time, do not fade and through life's ups and downs they remain a constant in your memories for those friends helped form who you are today and this book really drives that principle home that everyone we meet or befriend, or marry and so on effects who we are they all touch our lives in some way. And any random act of kindness whether towards a sick friend or a homeless man you give a cup of coffee to the ripple effect of RAK is far reaching and life changing. This book was an inspiring read and if you loved the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or any of the books by author Cathy Lamb you will love this book!

  • Jill Anderson
    2019-05-06 17:37

    This book made me want to take a few weeks off from "life" and take a road trip with some old high school girlfriends! Claire, Jenna and Nicole each have their own life burdens they've packed up to take along on this road trip of self-discovery. They'd hoped to leave those burdens behind, but along the way, they help each other deal with their "issues" instead of burying them.The book shows the layers and depth of women's friendships. Friends who maybe haven't seen each other for years, but can pick up where they left off, and be there to support each other when they need it most!A wonderful story reflecting that although life doesn't always work out perfect, having friends there for you no matter what, makes it all easier to bear!!

  • Gay Ann
    2019-05-08 20:51

    Having cared for her mother and youngest sister as they lost their battles with cancer, Claire is devastated when she discovers a lump and ends up with a double mastectomy. Jenna an old friend, arrives unannounced on Claire`s doorstep. Jenna is running away from her husband`s request for a divorce. Together they hop in Jenna`s old Chevy to make a cross country trip back home to Pine Lake, stopping to visit mutual friends, as they go. Jenna`s random act of kindness to grant Claire`s wish to return home ends blessing all the women along the way. You will laugh and cry as you journey with the women. This poignant women`s contemporary fiction calls out to women everywhere `to stay close to people you love no matter how much it hurts.

  • Tammy O
    2019-05-10 17:41

    I liked the cover and title more than the book itself. It took awhile to connect with the characters. I had a hard time with the whole quest to find these old school friends. It didn't seem like any of them were close in school, and they didn't keep in touch afterwards, so the girl bonding thing didn't work for me. Their adventures seemed cliche' and forced. There were portions of the story that caught my interest and kept me reading, but there were also a lot of pages that I skimmed through until more "real" conversation began. I usually love books like this, but found this one disappointing.