Sunday 7 August 2022

Elodie's Library of Second Chances by Rebecca Raisin Blog Tour

 Rebecca Raisin is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

I've already been lucky enough to read and review two of her books on my blog. Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop and Aria's Travelling Book Shop.

And now here I am on the blog tour for her latest novel, Elodie's Library of Second Chances.

Well you had me at library.


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 divorcĂ©e 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?

Rebecca Raisin does it again! She isn't a best-selling author for no reason.

I just love her writing style. Simple yet meaningful.

The characters are all so personable. No cast member is left without details about who they are. I definitely have a soft spot for Alfie, now you'll have to read the book to find out why.

Of course the added romantic side helps. Everyone loves a book boyfriend.

But the story itself is just wonderful.


And obviously this was made better with the library being made centre stage with all the bookish references. A little nod to Matt Haig (another fantastic author).

Everyone/thing deserves a second chance. Referring to both the library and it's members new and old. And this was very much reflected with the sense of community that was displayed.

This is story that definitely makes the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover' really meaningful.

And although romance does of course feature there is so much more to this story. It is a tale to make you think, to make you re-assess, to make you learn. There is much focus on growing independence, the concept within of forging ones own path in life.

Elodie's Library of Second Chances is hope and joy combined.

Idyllic and inspiring.

Very much recommended. 


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