The Library by Bella Osbourne

The Library


Two different generations. Two unusual people. Thrown together to save their local library.

Tom is a teenager and blends 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. Tom unwittingly ends up with a bagful of romance novels and comes under the suspicion of Maggie.

Maggie is a pensioner and has been happily alone for ten years, at least that’s what she tells herself. When Tom comes to her rescue a friendship develops that could change her life. As Maggie helps Tom to stand up for himself, Tom helps Maggie realise the mistakes of her past don’t have to define her future.

They each set out to prove that the library isn’t just about books – it’s the heart of their community.

Together they discover some things are worth fighting for.

My Thoughts

This story was an unexpected delight. Tom is a typical angsty teenager with an unhappy home life and Maggie is a confident but lonely seventy-something pensioner. Their paths collide and from there begins an endearing and mutually beneficial friendship. In the background is the fight to save their local library from being closed down, but this definitely took a back stage to the development of Tom’s and Maggie’s friendship.

Highly recommend this. It has a bit more depth than I expected.

Thankfully I chose this book based on the blurb. If I’d seen the ‘clip art’-ish cover first I might not have picked it up.

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