Book Review: The Library By Bella Osborne


Two different generations. Two unusual people. Thrown together to save their local library.
Tom is a teenager and blends into the background of life. After a row with his dad, and facing an unhappy future at the dog food factory, he escapes to the library. Tom unwittingly ends up with a bagful of romance novels and comes under the suspicion of Maggie.

Maggie is a pensioner and has been happily alone for ten years, at least that’s what she tells herself. When Tom comes to her rescue a friendship develops that could change her life. As Maggie helps Tom to stand up for himself, Tom helps Maggie realise the mistakes of her past don’t have to define her future.

They each set out to prove that the library isn’t just about books – it’s the heart of their community.

Together they discover some things are worth fighting for.


Charming novel about friendship between a lonely teenager and an interesting older lady.

I am so happy I picked this little read.

This novel is about a teenage boy Tom that lives with his alcoholic father. With his mother passing at a young age it has been very difficult for both of them. After some events, Tom finds himself in the library and discovers he loves reading. That is where he meets Maggie. An elderly lady that lives alone on her farm with her sheep.

Maggie discovers within Tom are qualities of a young boy she has missed out on and through events such as the council trying to close the local library. They and others team together for some solutions.

Due to his upbringing and some scary events, Tom finds himself living with Maggie for a while.

It was so heart-warming to watch them grow as people, together. I really enjoyed the farm scenes and how these two strangers got into a routine. She is basically his grandmother and friend at this point.

It was such a lovely read and authentically written with the elements that was mentioned. I really enjoyed it throughout. Just pick this up if you are a reader looking for solace within a library.

5/5 Stars

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