The Library at Wagtail Ridge by Janet Gover is a rural romance.
Lou Taylor is happy with her life. She finished her master’s degree in Environmental Science and after a gap year of working in the country, she’s ready to find a serious job in the field that she has trained for.
Lou lives in Sydney with her loving and supportive parents, Fiona and Richard. They adopted Lou when she was a small child and she loves them dearly.
Lou’s life is perfect until a letter arrives from a lawyer’s office, the firm that handled her adoption. Lou has been left a cottage, a mobile library truck, and books from her birth mother.
Lou has spent many years in anger towards the woman who didn’t want her and gave her away. But, with some persuasion from Fiona, Lou decides to go to Wagtail Ridge. After all, she might as well have a look at the property before she sells it.
Luca is Lou’s birth mother and has never stopped loving Lou and now as her journey with cancer comes to an end, she would like her daughter to get to know her. With the help of her neighbour, Jake Barnes, Luca has left letters along the library route. Each letter explains Luca’s life, her secrets, and why she gave up two-and-a-half-year-old Lou for adoption.
After finding the first letter and reading it, although still angry with Luca, Lou now understands that there are two sides to every story. Lou decides to stay for a little while, to look for all the letters.
Jake is rather handsome and a great guy, and Lou finds she is attracted to him. With so much on her mind and a life waiting for her in Sydney, the last thing she needs right now is a country romance!
The community of Wagtail Ridge and the surrounding towns want to share their stories of Luca in the hope that Lou will stay and keep the mobile library running. It means so much more to the community than just books.
Lou finds that the more she learns about her mother, she would also like to find her father.
This is a story of a mother who made a difficult choice to give up her child for adoption.
And, this is Lou’s journey to understand and accept her adoption, to discover who she really is and what is important to her.
I absolutely loved this book because it is such a feel-good story. While at times it’s very sad, there are lots of happy moments. It is easy to read with likable characters. There are secrets to discover and it is set in a great country community.
I have read other Janet Gover books and loved them. This book too is an excellent read. I thoroughly recommend it.
Thank you to HQ Fiction and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this excellent book.
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I love to read, any book on any topic. I now love ebooks as they are easier to store, I was running out of bookshelves! My other interests are family, gardening and our beautiful King Charles spaniel dog who is my reading companion.