About the book:
Two lonely bookworms. An unexpected friendship. A library that needs their help
‘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
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.
The Library by Bella Osborne is a change of direction for Bella. It really captured my heart and I honestly did not want it to end.
The story follows, in alternating chapters, two users of the village library. Tom is 16 and is missing the support of his late mum who died when he was 8. In an effort to reconnect with her he joins the library and borrows romance books as his Mum loved them.
Maggie is in her 70s, and runs a smallholding alone, and is a member of the library book club who meet once a week.
When an incident brings Tom and Maggie together an unusual friendship develops between them.
Getting so much from the library they begin a campaign to save the library and bring the community together. Although there were some tough moments and some very serious issuess covered in this book, it was such a warm story with a very special friendship at its core.
I loved the time they spent on Maggie’s smallholding, and I adored the Jacobs. This story really made me think of my late mum because she had a smallholding that had chickens and a pedigree flock of Jacob sheep, including a very boisterous ram a lot like Colin.
Tom was such a sensitive young man and was the perfect foil for feisty pensioner Maggie. They both got so much out of their unlikely connection, and both helped one another immensely.
I loved this story, with its strong central characters and the library front and centre. By the end of the story it made me determined to make the most of my local library before it is too late. There is a part of me that hopes I find a Maggie there.
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About the author:
Bella Osborne has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. In 2016, her debut novel, It Started At Sunset Cottage, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays. She lives in the Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
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