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The Library (Paperback)

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Synopsis

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.



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



EVEN MORE PRAISE FOR THE LIBRARY!



'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

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Head of Zeus Publication Date: 06/01/2022 ISBN-13: 9781801100489  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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Customer Reviews

An absolutely superb read – touching, tender and so very true-to-life! Tom is a bit of a loner; it’s just him and his Dad and they struggle through week to week. The height of his father’s ambitions for his is to secure a job in the dog food factory but Tom has other ideas. Seeking sanctuary in the library after a row over his future, Tom ends up with a bag of romance books which piques the interest of Maggie, there for her weekly book club meeting. Maggie keeps busy and tries not to class herself as lonely. When Tom comes to her rescue, an unlikely friendship begins. This is a truly lovely tale, but there is more than a bit of truth between the pages. Tom’s life is more common than we would like to think and Maggie – like a lot of the elderly – hides her loneliness as she doesn’t want to be seen as a burden. The tentative relationship between these two is a joy to behold; both have something to give in return to what they take from their closeness. It’s not all plain sailing though, and Bella Osborne has wonderful insights into both ends of the age spectrum and everything inbetween. With a hint of social commentary, this is a beautifully written and very enjoyable novel – and one I enjoyed very much. An absolute delight to read and one I’m happy to highly recommend and give all five sparkling stars!

- 02/09/2021
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