Summary of the Book
When the Chatsworth town library is found to have asbestos it is forced to close indefinately. Dodie is so frustrated for herself and the town that she decides to create a lending library in the sunroom of her home.
Dodie is very committed to making the library a success and she uses her skills as a baker providing treats and her love of books to recommend books for each person who comes into the lending library.
One person that comes regularly to the library is a construction worker named Shep Jamison. Shep is very handsome and Dodie spends a lot of time picking out books that she feels Shep would like.
The first part of the book is setting up the library and the people that Dodie meets. The second part of the book becomes bogged down with many side stories, including love interests of friends, death of a friend, adoption processes and Dodie's stressed out desire to become a mother.
I picked up this book at a time when I was looking for something lighter to read. The book, for the most part filled that need. I particularly enjoyed the parts about Dodie and her work with the library. I also enjoyed the interesting cast of characters, including Dodie's friends and the people that frequented the library.
There were times though in the second half where the story became a bit intense and perhaps unbelievable. Even so, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
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