Review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Title: The Library

Author: Bella Osborne

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Aria Books

The Blurb

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.

The Review

I am loving that there are so many books out there at the moment that are singing the praises of libraries. The Library by Bella Osborne is one such book.

The library is a communal space. A space that isn’t just a place to find the best books but a place for young mums to have playdates, a place for people to use the internet, apply for jobs, a place for the elderly to meet – a place that squashes loneliness. For Tom and Maggie it is a sanctuary. Tom needs sanctuary from his dad – a man that is grieving and who is struggling to parent Tom. Tom needs the library too. It makes him feel closer to his mum.

For Maggie, the library offers a place where she can feel at one with the community. It gives her purpose and something to do each week.

When Tom and Maggie’s lives intertwine they both give each other a little bit of what they need.

The Library is a lovely celebration of friendship and the magic of libraries. It is a novel that shows that friendship has no barrier and the massive impact that people can make when fighting for a mutual cause and I loved it.

The Library by Bella Osbourne is available now.

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