It takes a village…
Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and more recently, its Library of Shared Things. Need a ladder, a hedge trimmer or a waffle-maker? You can borrow it from the Library of Shared Things.
Single dad Adam is doing a good job of raising his daughter, Zoe, whilst burying his past and moving forwards. When he agrees to run a mending workshop at the Library, new friendships start to blossom.
Jennifer is a volunteer at the Library. 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 Shared 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.
So much going on in this book, it’s impossible not to enjoy every little bit of it!
Cloverdale is a lovely scenic village surrounded by rolling countryside. Jennifer has always lived here and wants to get back to having more of a community feel, hoping that the inhabitants will mix more. As part of her plan, she sets up ‘The Library of Shared Things’ – a unique idea, and one I haven’t come across before. Into the area comes Adam and his two children – but how much do they actually know about the new arrivals?
As with any village, there is plenty happening (I should know, I live in one) and it all fits together seamlessly! Helen Rolfe’s experience shines throughout; with a bit of mystery, friendships, relationships and family dynamics I was glued to the pages from the beginning to the very last page. This is a terrific story, not all as straightforward as it seems at first and definitely one to get your brain ticking over. Well written and very enjoyable, this is worth every one of the four shiny stars I’m happy to give it.
My thanks to publisher Orion for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest and original review.
Tags: women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orion
- Publication Date: 6 February 2020
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Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.
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Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to.
Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe.
Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job.
Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children.
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