For the last two weeks, we've been wiped out by Covid. It's the first time we've had it, and despite our vaccines, it's really done a number on us.
The one perk? Lots of time for reading,
and this book was the perfect balm for a rough few weeks.
The Blackout Book Club by Amy Lynn Green appealed to me from the start. Historical fiction, a library, letters from the front, and a secret backstory - what's not to love?
Avis Montgomery unexpectedly finds herself as a librarian in a privately owned library in small-town Maine. When the owner threatens to close the library, Avis creates a book club in an attempt to save the special place. A disparate group of men and women start to gather on Saturday mornings to read classics and favourites. As their lives weave together, they start to learn the power of story - fictional and real - to save communities and themselves.
I loved this book! Amy's writing is beautiful, creative, and clear. I could see every person and imagine every corner of the library. Different characters lead different chapters, and each voice was perfectly clear. Amy also mixed in a few letters from the front, as well as "notes" from the book club meetings, all of which made for a fun narrative experience.
And check out this beautiful piece from Amy's Facebook page. Isn't this charming and kind?
I completely recommend getting two copies of this book -
one for yourself and one to give as a Christmas gift.
You can learn more about Amy's books and writing at
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.