Thursday, 6 January 2022

Book Review - The Library by Bella Osborne - #HolidayReading Tenerife

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Title: The Library
Author: Bella Osborne
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Aria
Publication Date: 2nd September 2021
Rating: 5 Stars

Teenager Tom has always blended into the background of life. After a row with his dad and facing an unhappy future at the dog food factory, he escapes to the library.

Pensioner Maggie has been happily alone with her beloved novels for ten years – at least, that's what she tells herself.

When they meet, they recognise something in each other that will change both their lives for ever.

Then the library comes under threat of closure, and they must join forces to prove that it's not just about books – it's the heart of their community.

They are determined to save it – because some things are worth fighting for.

Although a change of direction from Bella Osborne's previous books, this one is also so accomplished it really does add another string to her writing bow, 

And it hooked me in quite quickly with Tom saying how invisible he felt.  And I loved his unexpected friendship with Maggie. 

What the troubled teen and the older woman have in common is they are both lonely, both bookworms and both rather keen to help save the library.

It's a book that booklovers will adore, and I think we can all resonate with the the fact that libraries must be allowed to stay open and help their communities. 

This is a really heartwarming story that I completely adored.  

Thank you to Aria and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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