The Finders Keepers Library, a review by Shelley

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Annie Rains

Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
352 Pages
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“If you ask me, a cup of tea and a good book is the best kind of medicine.”

I love books about books and I really enjoyed Through the Snow Globe by this author when I read it last September. What I liked about her last book was that every chapter felt fresh and new and had me feeling all the feels. That is missing from The Finders Keepers Library. It was very repetitive and schmaltzy, I felt like I was reading a script for a Hallmark Movie wrapped in pretty paper. I mean let’s be honest what book lover isn’t going to love that cover? Hallmark movie-type books have their place in the world and that’s okay if you’re into those (I am not) but this was overly sentimental and cheesy. I don’t mind sweet but corny grates on me. What most people enjoy about those types of books I hate…I like suffering! Everything just seemed to wrap up in a nice little bow and HEA and I wanted more difficulties and conflicts.

There is a lot to like about this book as well though. Two characters are dealing with health-related issues, one with a disease and one who lost the use of her legs due to an accident and is now in a wheelchair. I liked how the book showed you can still lead a normal life being differently abled. It is no secret that I am deaf but my life is as normal as it gets. I have kids, a job, hobbies and go to family parties and out with friends. I also liked that there was a character who was a single dad just trying to do his best and the character of his daughter June had flaws but she wasn’t a total brat and when she did misbehave he didn’t let her away with it. Another thing that I loved was that there was a late-in-life romance subplot. Ellie and Charlie were adorable.

Each chapter started with a book quote but I wish the author had used to library as part of the story more. It should or could have been a character as well. I would have enjoyed more Books and Blooms meetings there and would have appreciated more of the community involvement, I did enjoy what little bit there was I just wanted more of it. All in all, this was a halfway decent read and June and the books saved it for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.








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