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The library at the edge of the world
Hayes-McCoy, Felicity, author.
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
525 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"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."--Back cover.
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In the bestselling tradition of Fannie Flagg and Jenny Colgan comes Felicity Hayes-McCoy's U.S. debut about a librarian who must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life. Set on Ireland's stunning West Coast, this is a joyous story about the meaning of home and the importance of finding a place where you truly belong.

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Booklist Review

When Hanna-Mariah Casey returned home to the Finfarran peninsula of Ireland after her marriage fell apart, she never imagined that, five years later, she'd still be living with her mother and driving the local library bookmobile. Wildly unhappy, she decides to renovate a cabin left to her by her great-aunt so she can get out of her mother's house, a choice that plunges her into the lives of her neighbors. Her gruff contractor, Fury, has taken over her renovation project, which she is told he'll give back when he is good and ready. Her bookmobile patrons are bringing her housewarming gifts. Even worse, she is dragged into a local budget debate that could mean the end of her job. Hanna gradually realizes that reviving connections among Finfarran's residents may be what will save them all. The spot-on descriptions of Ireland's dusty country roads and expansive sky all but leap off the page and provide the true joy of Hayes-McCoy's first novel. Hanna's background story fails to paint her as a librarian to love, but Maeve Binchy and Patrick Taylor fans will find much to enjoy.--Babiasz, Tracy Copyright 2017 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Fleeing from a failed marriage, Hannah returns with her daughter to Hannah's hometown in rural Ireland. She swallows some of her pride, moves in with her mother, and uses her librarian degree to accept a job as the mobile-library van driver and branch manager. In a postponed effort to reclaim her life, she takes on the renovation project of a long-abandoned stone cottage inheritance. When her library job, project, and library users are threatened by impending change, she learns that she must work with and not against her community. A richly layered narration by Emma Lowe places the listener firmly on a wonderful (albeit fictional) part of the Irish coast. Secondary characters are fleshed out and hold their own in this cozy escape of a novel. -VERDICT Highly recommended. ["An appealing novel that will delight Maeve Binchy fans. There are plenty of good discussion points about the nature of community for book clubs and thoughtful readers": LJ 9/1/17 -review of the Harper hc.]-J. Sara Paulk, -Houston Cty. P.L., Perry, GA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.