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From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.
Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance.
There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora.
As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.
No. of pages:- 299 pages
Date published:- will be published on 19th October 2021
Publisher:- Lake Union Publishing
Genre:- Literary Fiction
Rating:- 3/5 stars
After reading Melissa Payne’s The Secrets of the Stones, I am excited to read this book. Secrets of the Stones captivated me so I had high hopes for this book as well.
Unfortunately, this book was simply OK to me.
Nora is working in the library and is struggling to deal with her brother’s sudden disappearance who is also a drug addict. When a snow storm hits the small town, she provides shelter for two people–Jasmine, a young girl and Lewis a drug addict along with Vlado and Marlene. The story is basically about these five people stuck in the library, learning about each other and how they all ended up becoming friends.
The thing I liked about this book is Payne’s style of writing. The vivid descriptions made the reader picture the vivid images in the reader’s mind which I enjoyed very much. However, the pace was slow and at times, it was a bit boring that I almost DNF the book. Each and every single character in the book–Nora, Marlene, Vlado, Lewis and Jasmine has flaws and some history with their family members that it was actually intriguing to read. Nonetheless, the ending was OK.
Overall, it was not really a bad book but it wasn’t as great as her book, The Secret of the Stones. Worth only thee stars.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.
As a middle child, Melissa Payne was born to tell stories. What started with blaming her brother for breaking the car window evolved to a graduate thesis that she desperately wishes she could rewrite to blogging on motherhood and marriage. Now she likes to create stories set in wild and beautiful places with characters in flawed and imperfect relationships, whether that’s between a mother and a daughter, friends or strangers. And imagining all of it with just a hint of the ethereal, a whisper of something beyond what we can see and a sense that it’s all for a purpose.