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Book Review: The Library – Bella Osborne ๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“’

I was really pleased to be invited to join the blog tour around the paperback release of Bella Osbourneโ€™s new book. The Library is such an interesting book in that it presents two very different central characters who are both experiencing a similar sadness and isolation in their lives.

Tom is a teenager who lives with his Dad after the death of his mother. But his Dad really isnโ€™t coping and they live on fish fingers and beans while his father downs a bottle of scotch a night.

Maggie is a pensioner living alone on her farm just outside the village. Her only real friends are the characters in her beloved books and her only regular human interaction is at the weekly book group held in the library.

Tom has fond memories of his mum taking him to the library when he was a small child and when he finds himself without his games console he needs something to pass the time but he also needs some help. There is a girl that he really likes and he has no idea how to interact with her. Time to read a few Rom Coms.

When the library is suddenly under threat of closure it will change the lives of all of these people. They all need to pull together to try and save it for their own selfish reasons.

Bella Osborne has created a really interesting take on what is a now familiar tale of public libraries closing. The friendship that develops between Maggie and Tom is an unusual relationship and as it becomes closer issues begin to arise that threaten the happiness that they experience together. The Library would be a great Book Club choice as there are some obvious discussion points here.

Supplied by Net Galley and Aria & Aries in exchange for an honest review.

UK Paperback Publication Date: 6 Jan 2022. 384 pages.

Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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