When I read Aliza Fogelson’s sparkling debut, I was absolutely transported. It had me contemplating big questions about secret hopes and dreams. What more could you ask for in a charming book club read?
Our heroine, Dodie Fairisle, is a quirky, endearing woman who leads what some may call a fairy-tale life. She teaches elementary school art in an idyllic town, has good girlfriends, has two sisters who are her soul mates, and she’s a passionate lover of books. So much so that when the town library closes indefinitely for repairs, she decides to open a small lending library for the community on her own sunporch.
However, underneath it all, she has a secret heartache and an overwhelming preoccupation. She wants a family. And Dodie is getting pretty stressed about fertility, aging, and still being single. Enter Shep Jameson. But the perfect meet-cute, great job, fun hobby, and supportive friends don’t always add up to a happily-ever-after. Sometimes, you have to map your own way home to happiness, even if it’s just on the other side of a library’s book stacks.
— Danielle Marshall, Editor