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The Telephone Box Library is an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings, set in a picturesque Cotswold village, by bestselling author Rachael Lucas.

Burnt out after ten years at the chalkface, Lucy’s taken a sabbatical from her job as a history teacher to focus on some research. She moves to a tiny Cotswolds cottage that comes with a reduced rent in exchange

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Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Pan
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Emma Crowley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been quite a while since I read a book by Rachael Lucas but this new story The Telephone Box Library reminded me just how much I enjoy her writing. This is simply a gorgeous, warm read that you will easily lose yourself in for a few hours and when you reach the end you will be so glad you picked it up. It was just the kind of book I needed after having finished a fairly intense read. The cover is beautiful, so colourful and inviting and let's be honest that title screamed read me now as any ...more
Nicola Clough
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My word this book was amazingly brilliant just didn’t want it to end and just so gripping and a fantastic read from start to end. A very heartwarming and enchanting read and the characters and story plot are just brilliant. It’s full of starting over again and friendship and community spirit will there be any romance at all or not.
Lucy has been a teacher for a long time but is very stressed and takes time out when she has a time of not being well. She finds a lovely little cottage in the
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Fabulous Book Fiend
I have to admit that going into this book I thought it was purely going to be about a community turning an old phone box into a library, and I was ok with that, but this was about so much more. This book is about community, about your priorities in life and also about challenging what you think you know.

My biggest takeaway from this book, aside from those that I just mentioned is the accurate representation of teaching in England and the stress that that can bring. Having left teaching myself a
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Susan Buchanan
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, my first by this author. Have already looked into her others. Loved the warm characters but also the historical aspect to it. And who can’t love a telephone box library?!
Lynn Brown
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in seventh heaven reading this book! I just can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it. Probably aided by the fact that Lucy has a West Highland Terrier and I loved how very true to life all of its antics and mannerisms were. If I had one gripe it would be that the dog on the cover of the book is no Westie!



Lucy has taken a break from a stressful teaching post and finds herself in a Cotswold village in a lovely cottage at a low rent, in return for looking in on an elderly neighbour each
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Anjana
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I should begin by saying the title is a misnomer. The story is not about the Telephone Box Library. The final scenes include it, and the telephone box itself features prominently in reminiscences by the older population. It actually becomes a talked-about topic only halfway into the narrative. I spent a long time waiting for it to take centre stage, but it never did, and I lost a little bit of time resetting my thought process. If you go in not expecting to see it that way, you will definitely ...more
Joan
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this heart-warming and beautifully written novel is called Lucy. She is a very talented and conscientious Head of History in a challenging Brighton school, living with her brother and commuting to school daily. She has recently had a work related medical emergency and has been given a six month sabbatical from her post. She has sourced a part time job with a small cottage to let at a low rent going along with her new position. She has been hired by Margaret, the ...more
Joanne D'Arcy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who could not fall in love with this cover, but the words within it are just as delightful to fall in love with.

After teaching for ten years Lucy has to take a break otherwise she will burn out completely. To get away from it all, to rest recuperate and perhaps find out what she wants to do next she spends the next six months in a little cottage in a Cotswold village.

The catch she can live virtually rent free in this cottage if she looks after another village resident, Bunty.

Trouble is Bunty
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This is another fantastic read from Rachael Lucas, I admit I am 100% biased I adore all of her work. To me sh has never written anything bad and she isn’t going to start today ! This book is wonderful, an emotional read at times, yes it has a lovely slow burn romance between two of the main characters Lucy and Sam, but it was the relationship between Lucy and Bunty I loved the most, watching it grow over time and Bunty beginning to share. It’s a lovely story, well written and a lovely end. If ...more
Nedime
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a lovely read this turned out to be! Initially purchased on my Kindle as it was only 99p on Amazon but I wholeheartedly loved it! Definitely will be looking at reading other books by this author, a lovely cosy heartwarming read!
Sandra
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s a few aspects to this story, first we have Lucy trying to recover from being burnt out, Bunty with her secrets, Mel who misses her friend who moved across the world, Sam and Freya’s relationship as Freya gets older and the village phone box which is no longer used and therefore has fallen into disrepair. Each aspect is handled brilliantly, all of the characters are clear and distinct and although their stories weave together it doesn’t get confusing at any point. The location is also ...more
Kim
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Evans is a History teacher in Brighton, she is having more and more put on her by the head and in the end, her health has taken a tumble and she becomes poorly. She decides to answer a job vacancy in the village of little Maudsley which offers accommodation for looking out for an elderly lady.

When she arrives with her little dog Hamish at the village it is beautifully picturesque with an old telephone box sitting outside the little cottage of the lady she has come to care for. The telephone
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Kim
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Evans is a History teacher in Brighton, she is having more and more put on her by the head and in the end, her health has taken a tumble and she becomes poorly. She decides to answer a job vacancy in the village of little Maudsley which offers accommodation for looking out for an elderly lady.

When she arrives with her little dog Hamish at the village it is beautifully picturesque with an old telephone box sitting outside the little cottage of the lady she has come to care for. The telephone
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Emma
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had never read any books by Rachael Lucas before, but I was drawn to it by the gorgeous cover. I also love libraries, so this book appealed to me.
This is a nice, gentle romantic book. It is set in a small village near to Bletchley Park, and the storyline is split between wartime and modern day.
Lucy is taking a sabbatical in the village, and has been given the task of looking after Bunty, her new neighbour who is in her Nineties. Lucy has an interest in Bletchley Park, and she suspects that
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Mandy
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another really enjoyable book by Rachael Lucas! This one particularly appealed to me as I’ve seen a village where their defunct telephone box has been converted into a little library.

Lucy has taken a six-month sabbatical from her job as a history teacher, as she’d reached breaking point with all the stress and was unwell. A great opportunity presents itself when she answers an advert for a tiny cottage with a reduced rent in return for keeping an eye on an elderly lady. The bonus is that it’s
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Jane(Janelba)
Lucy is a stressed out History teacher. When she has a health problem she decides to take a sabbatical and accepts a rent free cottage in exchange for keeping an eye on an elderly resident of Little Maudsley, Bunty.
Throughout the book Lucy gets to know the locals and starts fitting into the country village life. As an historian, she is fascinated by Bletchley Park and what went on their during the war and is asked to write a booklet for the Women's Institute. As her preparation gets going she is
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Claire Watson
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Telephone Box Library is one of those books you can completely immerse yourself into and before you know it you’ve read nearly half the book.

Rachael Lucas has a wonderful way with words. The whole book flows well and is a joy to read.

History teacher Lucy arrives in the small village of Little Maudley on a six month sabbatical from work. She’s taken a job where she has to keep an eye on nonagenarian Bunty in exchange for cheap rent on a quaint little cottage. Armed with boxes, bags and her
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Gee
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Evans has taken a 6 month sabbatical from her job as a history teacher, and finds herself a temporary home, in return for helping out 95yr old, Bunty. The location is ideal for Lucy, as its close to Bletchley Park, which is somewhere that fascinates her, and she intends to do more research in the area to find out what life was like there during WWII. Bunty is not keen on the idea of someone ‘taking care of her’ and is resistant at first. As the story goes on, we get the idea that there is ...more
Roz Radmore
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely , heartwarming book . full of friendship , neighbours and village life .
Lucy loves teaching but the stress involved has made her ill . She decides to take six months away from it all . She finds a cottage to rent in the Cotswolds at a very cheap rent , In return she has to keep an eye on the old lady next door . Bunty turns out to be a very feisty old lady of ninety six . She has a lovely cat called Mr Darcey and O M G a snake . Nobody told Lucy about the snake !
Lucy had intended
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Roberta
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it had such a pretty cover, and I loved the idea of a telephone box being turned into a library. It turned out to be a lovely gentle story about life in a village, with a romance.

I immediately loved Bunty as soon as I met her. She says things how they are and doesn’t make pretence about things. It was her that totally hooked me into the book to start with. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about village life, and Lucy and Sam’s romance. It’s great that they don’t
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Sally Tyrer
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was so excited to receive this book as I absolutely adored finding hope at hillside farm and this book has been even better!
A real feel good factor, based in a lovely rural village steeped in history with a random assortment of likeable characters! Add in a dose of romance and you get the perfect read and an insight into the work that was carried out during the war years in and around Bletchley park!
Lucy a single burnt out teacher decides to take a sabbatical and answers an ad for a job keeping
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Loves
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an early review copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and freely given.

I haven't read anything by this author and I was not disappointed that I requested an early copy of this book. I was hooked right away from the first few pages, it was really addictive reading. You get drawn into the storyline and the way it was written made you want to go and visit the idyllic places being described. It was really well researched and The
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Sally Tyrer
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was so excited to receive this book as I absolutely adored finding hope at hillside farm and this book has been even better!
A real feel good factor, based in a lovely rural village steeped in history with a random assortment of likeable characters! Add in a dose of romance and you get the perfect read and an insight into the work that was carried out during the war years in and around Bletchley park!
Lucy a single burnt out teacher decides to take a sabbatical and answers an ad for a job keeping
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This is another fantastic read from Rachael Lucas, I admit I am 100% biased I adore all of her work. To me sh has never written anything bad and she isn’t going to start today ! This book is wonderful, an emotional read at times, yes it has a lovely slow burn romance between two of the main characters Lucy and Sam, but it was the relationship between Lucy and Bunty I loved the most, watching it grow over time and Bunty beginning to share. It’s a lovely story, well written and a lovely end. If ...more
Sarah
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy is a dedicated teacher who has taken a sabbatical due to health problems caused by the stress of her job. She chances upon a village cottage at a peppercorn rent so long as she assists an elderly neighbour, it’s in an area of great historical interest to her so she jumps at the chance if six months R&R with some research thrown in, Lucy soon realises just why the rent is so affordable when she meets the stubbornly independent Bunty who despairs of her family’s attempts to look after ...more
Sarah Lee
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read quite a few books by Rachael Lucas and I have enjoyed them. The Telephone Box Library is another good book by her. This book tells the story of Lucy, a stressed out teacher, who takes a sabbatical and moves to the village of Little Maudley to help look after Bunty a resident of the village, who is getting a little elderly. I really enjoyed the village life and the relationship between Lucy and Bunty. A really nice book, with a good plot and great characters, good back story to Bunty ...more
Sophie Helyer
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Without exaggerating, I adored this book.
The character of Lucy was so believable, the stress of her job, her love of history her her belief in doing the right thing.
The diary of WWII was perfect - it seemed authentic and so real. I want to become Bunty as I grow older - she is a stalwart, a character and just a gorgeous human being. Her friendship with both Lucy and Freya were gorgeous.
This book is so much more than just a love story. It’s the perfect book for a balmy evening, enjoying the
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Alex
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. From a stressful beginning, Lucy is thrust into a new place with no idea what she is getting herself in for, especially after meeting Bunty who she is meant to be caring for (although doesn’t need it), for the first time.

This is a warm story of village life and the characters within it, alongside a heavy dose of history and war stories.

I would warmly recommend this book esp as it tells tales about Bletchley Park.
Annarella
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this engrossing and entertaining story: it's well written, heartwarming and poignant at times.
The story is well crafted and I was hooked since the first pages, the setting is lovely and it made me crave to the be there.
The cast of characters is likeable and well thought.
it's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Catherine Clapperton
This is the first time I've read a Rachael Lucas book and what a lovely introduction to her works! Rachael whisks you away to an idealic village in the Cotswolds. We follow Lucy as She tries to unwind from the stresses of her busy life, something I'm sure, we can all relate to.

Deliciously cosy and uplifting yet still managed to bring me to tears on multiple occasions!

I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Rachael's stories!
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