Bella Osborne returns to the blog with a story of friendship and healing, and how libraries (and books) help two souls heal and fill the holes in their lives with
Tom is a sixteen-year-old boy left motherless at eight, and content to fade into the background in his life. His father, however, wants Tom to be the outgoing little boy he remembers from years ago, and pushes Tom to move forward with his life: find a job, stop hiding in the background, you name it. Tom had never really seen a reason TO stand out until he met Farah – and she makes him want to be noticed, specifically by her: but he’s got no idea how to start. Then he realizes that the local library will have romance novels, and wouldn’t that be the best way to discover just what women want – from a romance novel?
Maggie has been widowed and alone for the past ten years, and now at seventy-two, she’s finding that her weekly jaunts to the book club at the library are all she has to look forward to. Her life is lonely, and she’s been able to ignore and fill that void with reading and her weekly meetups with others who love to read, but there’s not much else that she has to occupy the long hours.
Of course, the two shall meet- as Maggie notices the very young Tom, doing his best to be invisible, and she proceeds to take him under her wing – feeling very much that Tom needs her attention and her determination to continue her life as she’s made it – heading to the library once a week to discuss a book, and discuss others with him on the other days.
But budgetary cuts and a lack of patrons threaten their library, and Maggie, Tom and the others are banding together to save the library – and in turn, help one another heal and move forward in new and different ways. A lovely read that is sure to reinforce your (or mine, as an avid reader) of libraries, the magic within books, and the friendships that can develop when one has a book in common and a purpose.
Title: The Library
Author: Bella Osborne
Genre: Contemporary Fiction - Adult, British, Coming of Age, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Older Heroine / Hero, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town, Woman's Fiction
Published by: Aria
Published on: 2 September, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours (approx)
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An unlikely friendship forms between a sixteen-year-old boy and a seventy-two-year-old woman as they rally the community to save their local library.
Tom is invisible. He happily blends into the background of life. But Farah Shah changes everything. Farah makes Tom want to stand up and be seen – at least by her. So Tom quickly decides the best way to learn about women is to delve into romance novels, and he finds himself at the village library where he befriends 72-year-old Maggie.
Maggie has been happily alone for ten years, at least this is what she tells herself. When Tom comes to her rescue after a library meeting, never did she imagine a friendship that could change her life. As Maggie helps Tom navigate the best way to ask out Farah, Tom helps Maggie realize the mistakes of her past won't define her future.
But when the library comes under threat of closure, it's up to Tom and Maggie to rally the community and save the library!
Will these two unlikely friends be able to bring everyone together and save their library?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.