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Summary

It takes a village....

Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages and, more recently, its Library of Things. Need a ladder, a hedge trimmer or a waffle maker? You can borrow it from the Library of Things.

Single dad Adam is doing a good job of raising his daughter Zoe whilst burying his past and moving forwards. When he joins the Library of Things and agrees to run a mending workshop, new friendships start to blossom.

Jennifer is a volunteer at the Library of Things. When her younger sister Isla moves back to Cloverdale after their mother dies, Jennifer finds herself wondering whether Isla is hiding something.

And when Adam's daughter Zoe makes a startling discovery, it's time for the people at the Library of Things to pull together and help one family with its biggest challenge of all.

This is a novel with community at its heart. It's about the kindness we can find when we least expect it and the bonds we can form when we're not even looking.

©2019 Helen Rolfe (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Deceptive Title

I was looking forward to a story set around the library . Maybe how they went about setting it up and more of the story of how the items were donated.
What the story was more about was secrets and hidden pain. Although the topics spoken about are very important. I would not of chosen this book.

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The story delivery had a strange delivery speed that I couldn’t alter to be a comfortable listen through the playback speeds. I felt a it a literally hard listen.

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Excellent

Really meaningful hard to put down. A truly lovely book. Different to what I thought but never the less delightful

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Excellent!

narration is especially good and I would highly recommend this audiobook. nice easy and relaxing listen!

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Enjoyable with a twist

I enjoyed this it was well told. It shows preconceived ideas are a dangerous downfall

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A must read for people who care.

frothy novel on the outside but multilayered underneath. Real, believable characters. so much depth.

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Great ending.

Loved the last few hours of the book. strangely though I couldn't abandon it but the tale dragged for awhile before I understood what happened.

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Enjoyable listen

Not at all what I expected, but very enjoyable indeed kept me thinking and intrigued all the way through.

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Disappointing

The title of this book is misleading. It could have been called many other things that more accurately reflected the content. It was so slow to start and nothing at all hooked me in. The much-mentioned secrets were crudely dangled so many times I stopped caring. I almost gave up. When the crux of the story did emerge, the denouement was not developed enough. I didn’t care enough about the characters, the writing wasn’t engaging. I do care about the subject matter around which the story is based, but this just didn’t touch me. I put it on double speed and raced to the end. It left me feeling quite unsatisfied. The narrator was excellent though.

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A different story

Though it was a slow start once the story got going it did have something. You’ll feel like you know what’s going to happen- for me never a deal breaker.
It raises awareness of an issue that most won’t ever consider.