by Lucy Gilmore
Published: 04 Apr 2023
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca, Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 5 stars
A young librarian and an old curmudgeon forge the unlikeliest of friendships in this charming uplit novel about one misfit book club and the lives it changed along the way.
Because books have a way of bringing even the loneliest of souls together…
Sloane Parker lives a small, contained life as a librarian in her small, contained town. She never thinks of herself as lonely…but still she looks forward to that time every day when old curmudgeon Arthur McLachlan comes to browse the shelves and cheerfully insult her. Their sparring is such a highlight of Sloane’s day that when Arthur doesn’t show up one morning, she’s instantly concerned. And then another day passes, and another.
Anxious, Sloane tracks the old man down only to discover him all but bedridden…and desperately struggling to hide how happy he is to see her. Wanting to bring more cheer into Arthur’s gloomy life, Sloane creates an impromptu book club. Slowly, the lonely misfits of their sleepy town begin to find each other, and in their book club, find the joy of unlikely friendship. Because as it turns out, everyone has a special book in their heart—and a reason to get lost (and eventually found) within the pages.
Wow, just wow, my favorite book of the year. Oh my God, I loved this book. It has something for everyone family drama, love and most of all friendship. A rag tag group of misfits end up coming together out of loneliness and end up with deep enduring friendships.
The book is well paced, the characters leap off the page and their emotions are so well described you can feel it. How these amazing people end up together through various mis-steps in their lives will tug at your heart strings, and i think we can all relate to the experiences each one has gone through.
My only issue was I was left wanting more. I wanted to see how they ended up, did the relationships persist. The author really knew how to wrap up the story.
If you’re looking for a book to make your cold heart warm while inspiring deep reflection this book is for you.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.