Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Elodie’s Library of Second Chances by Rebecca Raisin as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy. This is also book sixteen of the 20 Books of Summer challenge I am taking part in. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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?
Elodie’s Library of Second Chances was both a heartwarming and sweet tale!
It was very easy to get caught up in Elodie’s plans to save the library. Wondering if she would be able to manage it. I was right there with Elodie, rooting for her from the very beginning. The story itself moved at a lovely pace and I loved getting to know the characters. It was great to see Elodie grow in confidence and see the her connect with people.
The story had an uplifting and heartwarming feel to it especially as the reader begins to see the wonderful friendships being made. I got so much more than a story about a library that needed saving. I ended up with a beautiful story that put people’s lives at its centre. In turn we see that there is much more to a person than first appearances might show.
Elodie’s Library of Second Chances ticked so many boxes. It was a story that was very easy to get caught up in. Especially with the characters, their friendships and even a hint of romance. Then add in the fact that a library can be many important things and not just a place to lose yourself in books. Well, let’s just say that I loved the messages this book portrayed. It really was a delight!
Rebecca Raisin writes heartwarming romance from her home in sunny Perth, Australia. Her heroines tend to be on the quirky side and her books are usually set in exotic locations so her readers can armchair travel any day of the week. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous heroes who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true, once in a lifetime love. Her bestselling novel Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has been optioned for film with MRC studios and Frolic Media.
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