The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

The Library at the Edge of the World

In the bestselling tradition of Fannie Flagg and Jenny Colgan comes Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s U.S. debut about a local librarian who must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life in this touching, enchanting novel set on Ireland’s stunning West Coast.As she drives her mobile library van between villages of Ireland’s West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about a lot of things. Like the sophisticated lifestyle she abandoned afte...

Details The Library at the Edge of the World

TitleThe Library at the Edge of the World
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreFiction, Cultural, Ireland, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, European Literature, Irish Literature

Reviews The Library at the Edge of the World

  • Dale Harcombe
    Who could resist a book with the title of a library at the edge of the world? Not me. The story revolves around Hanna Casey. After separating from her cheating husband, Hanna, in her early fifties, ends up living with her mother on the outskirts of a town in Ireland where she grew up. Her daughter Jazz has a job with an airline company and spends her time flying around the world, coming back every now and then to visit her mother and grandmother ...
  • Desiree
    It sure is a feel good book and I especially enjoyed the setting in a small town Ireland. It sounds like a lovely community. The ending is okay as all goes well, but I feel like there are some few loose ends that need to be tied. I guess there will be a sequel to this. I can’t seem to connect to Hanna most of the time and I don’t think it’s because of the age. There are also a lot of characters that it got so confusing to follow who is who....
  • Tracy
    4.5 starsWhen I was a student 20 years ago I went to Ireland and subsequently became obsessed with All Things Irish. As an avid reader my reading choices were also influenced, and I read everything I could find by Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy (20 years ago chick lit was HUGE).Fast forward to 2017. I received an ARC of The Library at the Edge of the World (thanks Netgalley) and hoped it would bring back some of that old Irish magic. It did.I foun...
  • Kim
    Such an enjoyable read. I really loved meeting all of the characters in this book and wish the author would write more about the inhabitants of this lovely Irish town (and surrounding area). My favorite was Fury O'Shea what a name! All in all a great relaxing book that would make a perfect lazy day read. Lose yourself in this lovely Irish town.
  • Alva
    This is a gorgeous Irish story about Hanna, Mary, Jazz, Fury and their supporting cast in fictional Finfarran. A sparkling tale of determination and goodness with a real sense of family and home. Wonderful storytelling by Felicity Hayes-McCoy who's working on a sequel and I for one can't wait!
  • Laurie
    This was a bit hard to get into and rather slow-going at times; a lot of characters to keep track of and not all of them were fun to spend time with. I was especially annoyed that the main character, a trained librarian, was opposed to providing her community with the most basic of library programming and services -- she was against book clubs, for heaven's sake. No wonder her library was threatened with closing. Maybe libraries are different in ...
  • Mike
    After separating from her husband, Hanna Casey returns to her mother's home in Ireland and soon finds herself in the middle of a battle to save her rural hometown. A pleasant story about a town coming together and the ragtag locals who stand up to 'city hall'. Unfortunately none of the characters really grew on me and the main character, Hanna, was borderline unlikable. However, it does offer a compelling view of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland and its...
  • Adriana
    I have bought this book while on a training in Ireland and decided that i wanted to look for a book written by an Irish author and The Library at The Edge of The World caught my eye, because I liked the title and the cover is very pittoresque. So I went into it not knowing what to expect. The Library at The Edge of the World is about a community finding it's unity and coming together for a common cause. The book is about a woman in her 40s trying...
  • Karen Whittard
    I absolutely loved every moment of this book. It is a gorgeous book from its front cover to the very last page. Full of love, happiness, discovering oneself and happily every afters. Such a delight. I loved it. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book. You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On on Amazon under k.e.whitt...
  • Alison Smith
    The story of Librarian Hana Casey's return to her home in rural Ireland, after a divorce. The tension of living with her mother who is difficult and temperamental; the complications of trying to have an old cottage renovated and being at the mercy of an uncontrollable local Irish builder, who turns out to be the hero of the tale, in more ways than one. Life in modern day rural Irelands - the challenges and the characters. An easy relaxing read. R...
  • Lorna Sixsmith
    A good holiday read which shows the importance of community. I thought it was going to turn out to be a romantic novel but it was much more interesting than that. Great characters, Fury was definitely my favourite. If you're looking for a good novel about Ireland, make it this one.
  • Sworster1
    Loved it! Thoroughly enjoyable read. Makes you want travel to Ireland!
  • Beata Dobrogoszcz
    I got this book from Net Galley & Hachette Books Ireland in exchange for a fair review.A simply story about Hannah, 50 plus divorced woman who tries to put her life together. That means, among others, to move from London back to her family town in Ireland, somewhere far away, in a forgotten place. That also means leaving again with her mother (not very agreeable person) and doing the job, which she would have never picked up if not the circumstan...
  • Kathleen Gray
    SO happy that this is being reissued in the US (thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC.). Hanna is a woman who is at loose ends and in a difficult spot. She's in her 50s, her husband is gone, her daughter is off on her own adventures, and she's dealing with her mother, who is crotchety to say the least. She opts to move home to Western Ireland, where she finds work on a mobile library (I have wonderful memories of the bookmobile that c...
  • BrocheAroe
    This book, while set in a charming Irish village, with a charming plot about a mobile library van, was difficult to love at first. Though I wanted to be sympathetic towards librarian Hanna (middle-aged, divorced, living with her mother), at first she is determined to make irritating decisions and have a thoroughly unlikeable attitude, which is only slightly better than the meddlesome and overbearing personality of her mother. But over time as the...
  • Fi
    A wonderful tale of going home after a divorce and trying to find your place in the community again. Too old to be living with her mother Hanna struggles to make sense of what's happened in her life. With her adult daughter living in another country and a fiercely independent mother she's not sure where she belongs. Deciding to renovate a dilapidated cottage on the edge of the cliff and leading the fight to save Lissbeg library where Hanna works ...
  • Marge
    I got this copy free as an advance read. (The book is not coming out till November 2017.) When I saw on the cover that it was for fans of Maeve Binchy I thought I had made a mistake. But it turned out to be a fun, light read.After she finds her wealthy lawyer husband has been cheating on her in their London home, Hanna Casey goes back to a small village on Ireland's west coach where she grew up. Because she had angrily told her ex-husband she wan...
  • Ellen
    Hanna is the local librarian in a small town in an out of the way part of Ireland. After her husband cheated on her, she returned to the small town from London, living with her mother, Mary Casey, a force of her own. Defending the library and the locals from a development scheme enriching a few, Hanna begins to get the town working together. Great sense of place and characters I hope we get to revisit.
  • Linda Quinn
    Centering around Hannah, a woman who has left her cushy London life and cheating husband to return home to Ireland and her mother's house. This started a little slowly but definitely worth finishing. Really, what's not to like? It's set in a small Irish village on a small peninsula and centers on a librarian trying to save a dying town and a library due for extinction. Quirky characters throughout.
  • Caitlin
    I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was very eager to read this book because of the beautiful cover and creative title. The contents of the book definitely lived up to the cover and title.The blurb on the book description describes it perfectly "feel good". This was such a delightful book that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I cannot wait to read more by this author.
  • Caitríona Shanahan
    Based on publisher's description, this book could be taken as a light summer trifle - a wronged woman rediscovering her independence through circumstance beyond her control. In fact, this book is so much more. Yes, it does centre on Hanna Casey's story - the story of a middle-aged woman renegotiating the terms of her life after the shock of betrayal has finally passed. But it is also the story of community, and in particular how rural communities...
  • Lisa Houston
    Review will follow when I get home from holiday
  • Jane Gregg
    Sure, but it was quite a fine bit of craic.
  • Linda O'Brien
    I enjoyed this book. Fabulous characters & lovely descriptions of the countryside. How adversity can bring a small community together. It's her debut novel, although she has written non-fiction & I think she's done a good job. Looking forward to what her next novel will be.
  • Janette
    An absolutely charming book with characters who are easy to identify with. Set in a beautiful location this is a story of community and new starts.I loved the fabulous descriptions of the location - I would love to visit Co. Kerry. The characters are well rounded and I like them all. I enjoyed Hanna's story and seeing her bring back her cottage to life. The fight for the village library is one faced frequently at the moment and I loved how the co...
  • Martine Brennan
    Vivid, compelling, the characters are so real. I know people like them who live around me in Ireland. Couldn't wait to read the second Finfarran book, Summer at the Garden Cafe. I wasn't disappointed. The third book is already on my Xmas list.
  • Patti
    I really enjoyed this story of a librarian starting over, and inadvertently bringing her community together--not at all what she envisioned for her library career!
  • Snug-As-A-Bug
    Great book! Cannot wait to read more by this author
  • Sonia Bellhouse
    Charming easy reading but a story that kept me entertained