The Lending Library
Author: Aliza Fogelson
First Published: July 1, 2020
Length: 300 pages
Dodie Fairisle is a book-loving art teacher who is relatively new in sweet, small New England town. When her local library closes for renovations, she decides to open up a lending library of her own in the back sunroom of her cozy home. Through the lending library, Dodie makes many friendships and comes to feel rooted in Chatsworth. When there seems to be an opportunity to adopt a child, Dodie becomes preoccupied with her wish to become a mother.
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For fans of Jane Green and Loretta Nyhan, a heartwarming debut novel about a daydreamer who gives her town, and herself, an amazing gift: a lending library in her sunroom.
When the Chatsworth library closes indefinitely, Dodie Fairisle loses her sanctuary. How is a small-town art teacher supposed to cope without the never-ending life advice and enjoyment that books give her? Well, when she’s as resourceful and generous as Dodie, she turns her sunroom into her very own little lending library.
At first just a hobby, this lit lovers’ haven opens up her world in incredible ways. She knows books are powerful, and soon enough they help her forge friendships between her zany neighbors—and attract an exciting new romance.
But when the chance to adopt an orphaned child brings Dodie’s secret dream of motherhood within reach, everything else suddenly seems less important. Finding herself at a crossroads, Dodie must figure out what it means to live a full, happy life. If only there were a book that could tell her what to do…