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Summary

The Little Village Library is a heartwarming story about kindness, community and new beginnings, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Rachael Lucas

One of Woman & Home's top five feel-good fiction.

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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Too predictable

I wanted to like this book. The idea was good, but the story was slow and predictable.

There were supposed to be 3 secrets. These dragged on for ages. The big one was obvious what it would be. The two smaller ones had a couple of options but no surprises.

Of course, books in this genre are normally totally predictable from the first chapter. But 3 secrets should have left some twists and surprises.

The worst thing in this book is the way the author mentions the library of shared things as a whole phrase ALL the time ! In my experience, around 95% of authors in this genre do the same thing. It makes me wonder if they are paid to say them or told by their agents; but I find it 100% annoying.

It goes something like this (I am making up this section as an example) - Today I have to go to the library of shared things and when I get to the library of shared things I am going to create a new hiring list for the library of shared things. People in Cloverdale love the library of shared things and they love Cloverdale. And Cloverdale loves all the people here. The library of share things is such a great idea...........

Now - no-one talks like that. What would be said is something along the lines of - Today I have to go to the library of shared things and when I get there I am going to create a new hiring list. People in Cloverdale love the library and they love this village. And the village loves all the people here. This project is such a great idea.

I think if authors wrote as people spoke then their books might seem more realistic.

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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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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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Better than I thought

Uplifting story with relatable characters. unexpected important message at end not one saw coming. Worth a listen to!

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I tried to like it

I did want to like this, but found it an effort to get through. The characters came across as self-obsessed, middle class, busybodies. One particular nosey parker did something that was bang out of order and there was no going back for me. I had little sympathy for any of them in the end.

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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.