Two lonely bookworms. An unexpected friendship. A library that needs their help.
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.
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'A touching story of a friendship between a troubled teenager, a yoga-practising farming woman in her seventies and a local library. A delight!' – Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Fforde
'Such a heart-warming and thought-provoking novel! A touching tale of true friendship, overcoming adversity and the genuine joy books can bring to our lives' – Jill Mansell
'A touching tale that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face' – Hazel Prior
'A story that was deeply moving, and ultimately uplifting ... Definitely recommended – it was one of my best reads this year' – Janet Gover
'Heart-rending and inspiring in equal measures. A wonderful story. I adored it!' – Celia Anderson
'Beautifully and sensitively written, the characterisation is superb' – Sue Moorcroft
'Absolutely LOVED IT! It's Bella's best book yet! A glorious heartfelt novel' – Christie Barlow
'The Library is a beautifully uplifting story full of wit, warmth and tender moments, with community at its heart and characters you truly care about' – Cressida McLaughlin
'I absolutely loved this book. Heart-warming with genuine characters, the plot pulled me in and I was rooting for the library every step of the way. A great tonic for the times and highly recommended!' – Talli Roland
'A truly special book, brimming with charm, heartwrenching moments and inspiring characters. The Library is one of those feel-good books that is sure to delight readers' – Carmel Harrington, author of The Moon Over Kilmore Quay
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I read this in one afternoon. And I'm so sorry it ended. I loved Tom and Maggie. A beautiful story of family.
This book was absolutely phenomenal! It was heartwarming and I loved it so much. I'm honestly at a loss for words b/c I don't know how to express how wonderful I think this book is. The Library is definitely a contender for my favourite book of 2021. Trigger warning for alcoholism. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Aria & Aries through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, Aria & Aries!
Yes yes yes! This book is a written hug. I’m a huge fan of stories that let us watch character grow and the concept of found family, both are in abundance in this book. The characters are imperfect but you can’t help by like and root for them. There are laughs and tears throughout. One of my favs of 2021.
Oh you sly little book you! I'm crying...this was such a lovely book. I LOVED Tom and Maggie and what they brought to each others lives. The story of community and family and the library! And the farm! Just..well after psychological thrillers and WW II books this was a nice dip into a small town, sending over some warm and fuzzies. 3 1/2 stars.
Absolutely loved this feeling good book! Enjoyed the characters and the story. The story flowed nicely and had me reading until the end. This is a wonderful story and a great read, I highly recommend this book!
What a lovely book, I was hooked from the very beginning. So far, this is my favorite book for 2021. And secretly I'm hoping for a second book with one of the characters from The Library, perhaps Christine the library lady, or the farmer who lives on his own near Maggie. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
What a joyful, heartwarming book! I read this in one sitting as I was fully invested in Tom and Maggie’s story and their unlikely friendship. Although this book deals with some difficult subjects such as alcoholism, it is not difficult to read - the subjects are dealt with in way that acknowledges the illness with understanding and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Bella Osbourne is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and although this is a slightly different genre for her, it is still recognisable as her writing, full of believable and fully developed characters. I loved it!
Thank you to Netgalley and Aria Fiction for a free digital copy. This book is a DELIGHT. I requested it on Netgalley on a whim and it worked its way into my favorite books of the year so far. It's not my usual genre, but it's so heartwarming that I couldn't put it down. Tom is a 16 year old boy being raised by his alcoholic father after his mom years ago. He likes a girl, but doesn't know how to talk to her. He seeks guidance at his local public library in the romance section. There he meets Maggie, a 72 year old independent lady, who frequents the library weekly for book club and runs her own farm. When the library is threatened to be closed, it propels these acquaintances into an unlikely friendship. These two form a bond that goes beyond what you would expect, but it's because they are both what the other needs. If you love sincere characters that are sweet but not too much so, you will enjoy this book that is not just about a library, but about finding your family and where you belong. Content Warning: Alcoholism, Death of a Parent, Bullying