The Library at the Edge of the World

The Library at the Edge of the World

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"As she drives her mobile library van between villages of Ireland's West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned after finding her English barrister husband in bed with another woman. Or that she's back in Lissbeg, the rural Irish town she walked away from in her teens, living in the back bedroom of her overbearing mother's retirement bungalow. Or, worse yet, her nagging fear that, as the local librarian and a prominent figure in the community, her failed marriage and ignominious return have made her a focus of gossip. With her teenage daughter, Jazz, off traveling the world and her relationship with her own mother growing increasingly tense, Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a derelict cottage left to her by her great-aunt."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062663726
Branch Call Number: FIC HAYE
Characteristics: 340 pages, 16 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 23, 2021

This was an enjoyable read mainly because of the strong central character Hanna & good plot - although maybe too much excitement & conflict is left so close to the climactic end of the book.

I had read the Book Club prior to this book in the series - & didn't enjoy the Book Club book because of too many confusing characters. It helps to read this series of books according to year printed to help keep track of re-appearing characters.

I was pleased that the author didn't turn the plot into a predictable soap-opera romance & predictable happy ending - more to true life. I hope to read Summer at the Garden Cafe - next in this series. (even though it's sometimes said that the first book in a series is usually the best!)

ontherideau Aug 28, 2020

Very descriptive

This book was delightful. The pace was fairly slow, but pleasant- a very relaxing read. Listen to the audiobook to enjoy the Irish accent of the narrator and really transport yourself to the Irish coast.

Nov 16, 2019

Unexpected delightful find!

Sep 06, 2019

I liked it

Aug 29, 2019

This is book One in the 3 book series, Finfarren Peninsula. (Ireland) / thru yr 2017 pub
book two is title, Summer at the Garden Cafe.
3rd title in series published .. out about Oct 2019

This is an intelligent, bright, charmingly written book, well above the normalcy and dreaded mediocrity of the "typical" kind of "maybe-cozy fiction."

I saw this title categorized as Romance, which is a peculiar categorization.
More so, it's simply fiction, i.e. Martha is living her librarian life, newly set back home in Ireland, having fled London;
Stuff happens. Problems, people, questions, choices. Her mother is....oh, well. The future of the small town is sliding down hill, unless ...

Set in rural Ireland, small town. Finfarren Peninsula location. Rutted roads, shiny light.

Will Martha be able to shake the weight of her past? She's shown courage, fear, doubts.
Will the goats continuing life in the pasture?
Will old Mr. Fury become something more than a man of talent and eccentricity? Maybe a fix-minded angel in Irish disguise?

JessicaGma Jun 06, 2018

I really expected this to be more of one of those "she goes off to find herself after the relationship ends, add in cliches and voila, you know the tale" but this had more twists and unexpected characters. Yes, some feel it is a beach read, but what's wrong with that?? Hannah also grows as a main character so that is good. I look forward to more visits here at the Edge of the World

CircMary Apr 18, 2018

Looking for a gentle read for a change of pace? A library patron recommended this one to me, and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot had enough twists and turns to hold my interest and the characters had room to grow. Plus it centers around a library! This is the first of a series, so I am looking forward to revisiting this village soon.

SCL_Leanne Feb 15, 2018

The main character, librarian Hanna Casey, has come home to a bedroom in her mother’s monstrous retirement bungalow after an ugly divorce. Hanna tries many attempts to put her life in order which is no easy feat as she purposefully left her marriage with nothing. She finds a ramshackle cottage that her great aunt left her and she hires an eccentric contractor. They bump heads as they figure out how to work together. Hanna is against library programs, book clubs, sitting and visiting, computer classes etc. but as the library is threatened with closure Hanna with the dysfunctional community steps up to the fight. Towards the end the story feels very predictable but then the author throws in a surprise twist. A humorous story set in Ireland.

Jan 30, 2018

The first half of this book was more than tedious. Fortunately, I persevered and enjoyed the second half which really was the story. My recommendation is to read the first chapter and then skip to chapter 28

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