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4.0 out of 5 starsLovng books , especially book clubs
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2018
Book clubs have been the best way to meet strangers who turn into friends. Like pages in a book, learning, listening, laughing with one another intertwine with the characters as they reveal themselves. Mystery, gladness, romance, ups and downs, everything and anything can and does happen in a book club, the same as happens in a book. Lucy's Little Village Book Club enchanted story brings five different people together and ends up as a family of friends. But another surprise given to us the readers, we become family too.
A truly heartwarming book. I fell in love with each of the characters, their lives & problems all too real. Lucy is a breath of fresh air, Callie was such a sweetie. Lia with her life dedicated to caring for her mother. Hattie & wee Poppy tore at my heartstrings & dear Oscar, well I wish he was my grandfather too. Emma’s books have all enthralled me & I hope there are many more to come.
5.0 out of 5 starseasy to read, comfy feel good with meaning
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2017
I started reading this book because I wanted a quick lightweight happy read, but it turns out I couldn't put it down for long. It was good all the way through, and also quite moving, containing some very real insights about life.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2017
Well, this book is the very definition of heart-warming. It seems to fit really well with this time of year. It's not a Christmas book but it makes you feel all warm and fluffy and is perfect for curling up in front of the fire of an evening (not me, I'm always too warm to have the fire on but you get the general impression).
Lucy, as you might expect, is the main character but actually it's very much an ensemble piece. Lucy works as a librarian and inevitably comes into contact with people who may be lonely or struggling with life, seeking companionship at the library. She runs this little book club consisting of herself, Lia, Callum, Oscar and new member, Hattie. Each of them has their own little story going on and for whatever reason their home lives are not that easy.
Each character is really likeable. Perhaps my favourite might be one that I haven't mentioned - Jasper. He is part of Lia's story and I really liked his personality. But I liked everybody and was rooting for them all to get what they wanted out of their lives, including Lucy, who wants to be a writer. The ending was rather clever, I thought, as Lucy's ambition becomes a real part of the story.
I didn't know this book had dug so far into my soul until something happened that caused unexpected tears from me and I realised that the characters had become like friends. It's such a sweet, gentle story and one that I think cannot fail to charm the reader.
4.0 out of 5 starsBook Club Will Never Be The Same
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2018
Lucy is, not to put too fine a point on it, a meddler. She can't help herself, she has to put people's lives to rights. Having given up on her dream of becoming a teacher she starts work at the local library and that's where her penchant for interfering really kicks in. Starting a book club mean she becomes overly involved in the lives of it's handful of members. Her age is also very hard to pin down, at times her reactions are like those of a mid-teens school girls and at others she behaves like a much older woman - I guess this is realistic as our responses to situations can be all over the place. I did find her irritating and couldn't really understand why the populace of the book seemed to almost revere her.
Fortunately, it is the supporting cast of characters that make this book. This is particularly so with Lia, carer to her mother and desperate to learn to dance, desperate for a simpler way of life, desperate to emulate her mother's youth. The difficulties of looking after someone with Dementia are clearly articulated but with a sense of this is just how things are rather than "poor me pathos" which it could so easily have slipped in to. Her friendship with single mother Hattie is just beautiful and the sort of friendship that we would all love to have.
Hattie's tale of being a single mother is poignant and you have to admire her strength in choosing her situation when you find out what a rat her fiance was. The tension with her family relationships is well told, even though you have a good idea of where this is going and how it links with other characters in the book. We don't choose our families and Hattie's determination to make things right with her mother - even though she doesn't know what she did wrong - is drawn perfectly.
I also loved the fragile gentility of widower Oscar. Definitely a gentleman from another era with the manners and reticence to prove it. The glimpses we get in to his life are heartbreaking but they haven't broken him. He has some rather strident views and misconceptions about people but isn't afraid to apologise when he is wrong and he does his best.
The other "main" character is 19 year old Callum, a young man struggling to better himself, struggling to distance himself from his family who he sees as feckless. He is painfully shy and this comes across so well on the page and when he is "taken in" by bride-to-be Phoebe you do feel for him. The development of his close relationship with Lisa and her family is believable, although I couldn't help but wonder if her cared far more for the idyllic family set up than for Lisa.
I may not have liked the main character at all but the people she is surrounded with are so well drawn that I couldn't help but fall in love with the book. You feel like you are going on their journeys with them and all through the book you are wishing for them to get their happy ending - whatever that might be for each person. The plot is soothing and gentle and even a little thrilling in person as secrets are uncovered and divulged. This could so easily have dissolved in to mawkishness but somehow Ms Davies has avoided this pitfall.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2017
I seem to be missing what most other reviewers appear to have liked about this book. I found the characters to be very one-dimensional and the story disjointed. There are lots of different themes tackled such as dementia and single parenthood, but it all turned out to be just a bit too 'fluffy' for my liking.
When I originally purchased the book it was titled 'Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found' and had a completely different cover, if I had been looking at the new title and cover I would have got a much better idea about the type of book it was and wouldn't have purchased it.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Library Assistant with a mission.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2018
This is a lovely little book and I really loved it. The main character, Lucy, works in the village library and as a nice, caring young lady she likes to help people. She runs a small book club and as it happens she has her work cut out for her as all the members - Calum, Lia, Oscar and Hattie - have family problems of some sort and Lucy is determined to help in any way she can. A line from one of Robert Burns' poems comes to mind here - the best laid schemes o' mice an men etc. etc. All the characters have their own stories - there's sadness and also romance in the air - and as you get towards the end you hope that all of Lucy's 'meddling' will have good results. I thoroughly enjoy this book - a really 'feel good' read.