I am delighted to be a part of the blog tour and to be sharing my review for; Elodie’s Library of Second Chances by Rebecca Raisin.
Elodie’s Library of Second Chances
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 other people in Willow Grove 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?
I love Rebecca Raisin’s books, true I haven’t read as many of them as I should have, but the ones I have read absolutely loved them, so I was so pleased that I had the opportunity to sit down and read another.
I instantly loved this from the moment sat down and started reading to when I closed the last page, I loved everything about it. I was particularly drawn to the saving the library storyline, we are losing our libraries so fast, we lost our local library years ago so I loved that this is all about a few people coming together to save theirs and in a very original way.
Elodie is a great character, she has had enough of the rat race and the constant stress of her high-powered job in her mother’s compant. Even though ‘company’ isn’t the right word for the empire her mother has built and which Elodie is connected with, it’s all too much and she wants a breather away from it all. This is when her unspoken dream is answered in the form of a newspaper advert, she walks away from her life, creates a new persona and heads for sleepy Willow Grove where she accepts the position of a librarian. Elodie is a woman after my own heart, she trained as a librarian but never really got the chance to follow her dream si here she is, back in Willow Grove and ready for a new challenge.
She soon finds that it’s not just her that needs a fresh start or a helping hand, through the library she befriends a whole selection of people who have found themselves in hard times and like the library, itself need someone to come along and help. I love the genius ways Elodie starts getting people through the doors of the library, I won’t say too much as it would give away too much but let’s just say it’s incredibly imaginative and refreshingly original.
Elodie proves that she is far more than a spoilt little rich girl whose mother owns a powerhouse, she is a kind generous passionate loyal caring woman who despite initially lying about who she is does have a heart of gold and just wants to help. I love that while helping save the library and assisting people to she is also helping heal herself. After all, a life of being watched for who you are is no life at all is it, she needed a breather and she has got it in spades, plus done some genuine good and made firm friends in the process.
Everything about this book is heartwarming, it speaks to your heart and has the most beautiful message of not judging on appearances and of kindness to others. The writing is (as always with Rebecca Raisin) impeccable you are drawn into the story and go on this journey with the characters as though you were right there with them, it’s a beautifully gentle and charmingly emotional story, a definite must-read!
Rebecca Raisin writes a 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. 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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