Author: Bella Osborne
Genre: General Fiction
Publication Date: April 1, 2022
Book Description: 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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Set in England, we are introduced to Tom and Maggie. Tom is 16 years old and is dealing with the loss of his mother and his father his spiraling downwards. Maggie is 72 and is appears to be a happily retired woman working at the local library. When Tom enters one day asking to check out some books for his “mother”, Maggie has an instant connection to this young man.
This story takes place over a short period of time and captures so much emotion. Both characters have the opportunity to narrate their stories, and you realize they share a lot more in common despite their age difference. This story has charm, sadness, and triumph all wrapped up in a wonderful rich story.
This book is for anyone who loves a good library, but wants a more in depth story. There is a lot to unpack especially with Tom, but you will walk away smiling. Enjoy!
Thank you NetGalley and Aria for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.