by Deborah Jenkins


Shortlisted for the Writers Guild First Novel Award 2022
and Society of Authors’ ADCI Literary Prize 2023


Published: 30/06/2022
ISBN: 9781914148132
RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback

Hazel has never felt normal. Struggling with OCD and anxiety, she isolates herself from others and sticks to rigid routines in order to cope with everyday life. But when she forms an unlikely friendship with Virginia, a church minister, Hazel begins to venture outside her comfort zone.

Having rebuilt her own life after a traumatic loss, Virginia has become the backbone of her community, caring for those in need and mentoring disadvantaged young people. Yet a shock accusation threatens to unravel everything she has worked for.

Told with warmth, compassion and gentle humour, Braver is an uplifting story about the strength that can be drawn from friendship and community.

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Braver is a feel-good story of vulnerability, friendship and community. It’s an easy, heart-warming read that left me with a warm glow.’ — LoveReading

‘A heart-warming book about how you can change your life, and that of those around you, when you fight your fears and stand up for what is right. Jenkins shows us the world through the eyes of someone who blossoms in the company of new friends she literally crashes into. A wonderful story which shows us how it feels to be different and still accepted’Debbi Voisey, author of Only About Love

‘Deborah Jenkins’ wonderfully uplifting novel deftly captures the impact of fear, guilt, loneliness and shame on the lives of her characters and then generously touches them with the healing power of friendship and acceptance, enabling them to become braver. Utterly human, and deeply compassionate’Loree Westron, author of Missing Words

‘A charming, lyrical read for fans of good fiction that combines skilful writing with a story that makes you feel hopeful.’Fran Hill, author of Miss, What Does Incomprehensible Mean?