THE TELEPHONE BOX LIBRARY, by Rachael Lucas, Pan Macmillan

The Telephone Box Library is an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings, set in a picturesque Cotswold village, by bestselling author Rachael Lucas.

Books. Wine. Secrets. You’ll find them all at the telephone box library . . .

The Cotswolds: the perfect retreat for a stressed-out teacher. And Lucy has found just the right cottage for a bargain rent. All she has to do is keep an eye on Bunty, her extremely feisty ninety-something neighbour . . .

With her West Highland terrier Hamish at her side, Lucy plans to relax and read up on the women of nearby Bletchley Park. But the villagers of Little Maudley have other ideas, and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn a dilapidated telephone box into a volunteer-run library.

Along the way, she makes friends with treehouse designer Sam, and finds herself falling for the charms of village life. And it seems Bunty has a special connection to Bletchley and the telephone box, one that she’s kept secret for decades . . .

Praise for Finding Hope at Hillside Farm by Rachael Lucas:

‘A heartwarming and enchanting read’ Cathy Bramley

‘Wonderfully warm, brave and wise’ Miranda Dickinson

‘Full of warmth, heart and humanity’ Laura Kemp

Out January 2020

401 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

What a great book. A perfect book highlighting new beginnings laced with fresh starts. A beautifully written setting in a picturesque Cotswold village. Lucas’s voice is encompassing, hypnotic and enticing. She brilliantly takes you along her character, Lucy’s, journey to recoup and rediscover herself. She lands herself in the middle of family disputes between her charge/roommate and the woman’s extended family.

You fall in love with village life just like Lucy does and as Bunty, her charge slowly warms up to her, you learn more about the telephone box and why it is so important to Bunty.

This story is warm and cozy, fun and comfortable and engaging. I found the characters charming and fun. There are secrets abound to wade through and as each truth is exposed, more and more about Cotswold and its tenants. Friendship, kindness and understanding help Lucy discover what was missing from her life.

This is a Contemporary Women Fiction, adult read.

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