I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Elodie's Library of Second Chances by Rebecca Raisin
Also by this author: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe, Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe, The Bookshop on the Corner, Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe
Published by HQ on 4th August 2022
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
An uplifting story about fresh starts, new beginnings and the power of stories, from the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop!When Elodie applies for the job of librarian in peaceful Willow Grove, she’s looking forward to a new start. As the daughter of a media empire, her every move has been watched for years, and she longs to work with the thing she loves most: books.
It’s a chance to make a real difference too, because she soon realises that there are other people in Willow Grove who might need a fresh start – like the homeless man everyone walks past without seeing, or the divorcée who can’t seem to escape her former husband’s misdeeds.
Together with local journalist Finn, Elodie decides these people have stories that need sharing. What if instead of borrowing books readers could ‘borrow’ a person, and hear the life stories of those they’ve overlooked?
But Elodie isn’t quite sharing her whole story either. As the story of the library’s new success grows, will her own secret be revealed?
Thank you to HQ for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I have been reading Rebecca’s stories for many years now and each one is always a delight.
Elodie is such an easy character to identify with. At her heart she is a book lover just like us. Yes her life has other complications but at her core she just wants to curl up with a good book and that is something I can get behind.
The key message that Rebecca is trying to convey in this book is to not judge people on appearances. To be kind and to look deeper. Willow Grove is a town that is a bit stuck in its ways with your typical small town gossip. Elodie is the breath of fresh air they need.
While I loved all the ‘books’ Elodie had for the People library, my favourite character has to be Alfie. Alfie is a straight shooter and you will always know where you are with him. I just wanted to be his friend and show the world what a special person he is.
This story is a book lover’s dream. It’s so easy to fall in love with. I was very happy to spend hours and hours in the world that Rebecca has created. This story is the perfect escapist story.
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