Elodie’s Library of Second Chances by Rebecca Raisin – Blog Tour

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Rebecca Raisin, HQ and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

Synopsis

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?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elodies-Library-Second-Chances-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B09YH6YXR9

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Elodies-Library-Second-Chances-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B09YH6YXR9

Amazon Aust: https://www.amazon.com.au/Elodies-Library-Second-Chances-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B09YH6YXR9

My Thoughts

Oh My Word!!

I am absolutely smitten by this book.  I fell into it from the very first pages and lived in Willow Grove until I was ejected (against my will) at the end of the book.  It’s a wonderful, uplifting read about community spirit, family and romance, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Elodie is an amazing character – so sweet and kind but born into a lifestyle that really doesn’t suit her or that she simply isn’t passionate about.  Her passion for books and libraries is strong and what perfect way for her to spread her wings and reach her dreams.  I loved how she treat every member with respect and even when people were less than well behaved towards others, she still empathized and tried to understand.

I’m a sucker for books with a community spirit feel and this one really hit the spot.  The community of Willow Grove have been less than thoughtful about some members and it was great to see how their opinions changed through the ‘Borrow a Human Book’ initiative.  It’s something I have read about before and I think it’s an amazing idea.  I am tempted to start one at school to allow children to share (safe and appropriate) things with each other and develop friendships.  I adored all the ‘human books’ but my absolute favourite was Alfie and his amazing calendar skills.      

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of Elodie’s, the library’s and some of the character’s journeys to find their place in the community and to be accepted.  I ended this book feeling hopeful and uplifted and it’s simply wonderful.

Author Bio – Rebecca Raisin

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.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRaisinAuthor

www.twitter.com/jaxandwillsmum

https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaraisinwrites/

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