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The Little Village Library

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  14 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Orion
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
An enjoyable read with serious issues, emotional reading, not so light and fluffy. Again it is an emotional read, but also uplifting I loved the idea it focused around the village library and community. A great book with strong characters, good storyline and important messages. Great to see the author can deal with sensitive issues as well as the lighter stories she usually writes, well written and a highly recommend this book, thought provoking entertaining

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher
Oct 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Village Library: 1 star

This book was really not to my taste. The first quarter had continual ominous hints that something had happened to Adam and Jennifer. It seemed like these occurred every paragraph, with no more information revealed. This made the first 25% so tedious that I almost gave up. However, some editing would sort that out.

The other thing I didn’t like was the amount of (off page) domestic violence. I do think it is important to have stories about this out there, but the blurb gave
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a deep and emotional but uplifting book this is.

It is clear from the off that Adam, Jennifer, Viola and Isla are all hiding things, and their secrets are alluded to often.

Strangely the largest reveal is also the one I kind of saw coming but not in that manner, the rest did surprise me.

It took me a while to get into the swing of this book, possibly due to the amount of characters I needed to keep in mind, but once I did I really fell for the village of Cloverdale and I love the concept of
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fantastic read by this author. This is my first book by this author but I have already added a number of others to my TBR list.
I absolutely love the writing style on this book and found it easy to get lost in the story.
Clare Moore
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to netgalley for a chance to read this book.

Another good book from this author. Adam moves to Cloverdale with his two children and a secret. He meets Jennifer who runs a library that’s lends things out to the community and they become really good friends until Adams secret comes out. Is it the secret Jennifer thinks it is?
Claudia Doke
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I started reading The Little Village Library by Helen Rolfe, I had certain expectations of this book. I was expecting it to be a sweet, romantic story. I formed this judgement based on the cover alone; there is just something about the cover that gives off the impression of a cute, light-hearted, snuggle up by an open fire and drink a hot cocoa kind of book. By no means did I envisage a story of such strong substance as The Little Village Library. This, my friends, is why we we should not ...more
Joanne D'Arcy
Cloverdale has a different sort of library, the sort of library you can borrow useful things - a hedge trimmer, breadmaker or ladder. But the library is also fast becoming the centre of the community as its founder Jennifer wanted it to be. Dance classes, sewing and using a drill all feature but so does that sense of community, friendship and belonging.

Some residents including jennifer are hiding things and until all these secrets and anger can be forgiven and forgotten Cloverdale will yet to
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed books by this author before, and I was pleased to receive an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well thought out and it was well written. I was really interested in the plot which evolved around the Library which lent out items to the community, such as drills, ice-cream makers, all manner of things for people to try out.
The story focuses on Jennifer and Adam. Jennifer runs the lending library,
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Caroline O'Neill
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this was a no-brainer as libraries are my favourite place to be. I loved the idea of a library of shared things and I didn't expect the turn that this book took taking on a serious issue as it did. The twist was a little predicable but it didn;t spoil my enjoyment of the book at all and I'll definitely read more from this author.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy.
Karen Whittard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The little village library is a really lovely feel good romantic book. It is really well written. Easy to read and I throughly enjoyed reading this book.
Suzanne Waters
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by Helen Rolfe that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. The story was lovely, the characters were good and it left you smiling as you finished the last page.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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The Little Village Library
by Helen Rolfe
Pub Date: 9 Jan 2020
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jeanie m, Reviewer
Last updated on 28 Nov 2019
My Recommendation

Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review
Having read all of this author's books I was delighted to get an early copy.
This book is quite a different style of writing from Helen's other books and it was a sheer joy to read something so poignant this is a tale of survival and none of us know what happens behind closed
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess this book was not what I was expecting. I admit I was swayed by the cover, it looked like it was going to be a sweet village romance set in a library, the usual boy meets girl, one of them has a past or a secret that will separate them, but then they will live happily ever after. In some parts, this was there. Adam is a newcomer to the village, Isla is returning to the village after being away a long time. They both have secrets in their past and there is a little romance ...more
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