The Lonely Hearts Book Club (Paperback)

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This book was an utter delight from beginning to end. Easily my favorite read this year!

The Lonely Hearts Book Club can only be described as a love letter to book lovers. To the readers that feel they are alone until one day they stumble upon a book that takes them to another world, or a fellow reader who understands the magic of reading!

And it is a love letter to anyone that has ever felt true loneliness and how one book, one chapter, or even one sentence, can make you feel less alone. How one act of kindness seemingly unrelated, can change everything in a person's life. 


This is the story of a lonely librarian that does not realize how truly lonely she is until the cranky old man she verbally spars with over books every morning stops coming to the library.

It is the story of a grandson who made promises he is not sure he can keep. Who found in a group of strangers with little in common with each other a place where he can be himself, and less alone.

It is the story of a lonely mother who finds solace in books and cooking, and slowly but surely cannot see her life without this group that has gathered around her neighbor, the crankiest man she knows.

It is about a nurse/librarian/singer/writer afraid to pick a path.

And it is about a cranky old man who has nothing but books to make him company until the day a lonely librarian comes to check on him and starts a book club as an excuse to stay around. 


The book is told in sections, each from the perspective of one of the characters mentioned above. The transition from one to the other is done smoothly and adds to the story. Each character has his own story to tell, and that story adds to the whole. 

There are also very well researched and selected book references and quotes throughout, enchanting the book lover and adding charm to the story. 


Lucy Gilmore has the amazing ability of bringing the emotions off the page. I don't often tear up while reading, but it can be said I almost always tear up while reading a Lucy Gilmore title. This author has the uncanny ability to make you feel alive and strongly connected to the characters on the page. I cannot recommend this beauty enough!

And if you would like to buy this book directly from the hands of Lucy, come see us this Saturday! Lucy Gilmore will be one of the many Pacific Northwest authors outside our doors for our Author Spring Fair this June3rd, 1-3pm. 

— Anne Zastrow


A young librarian and an old curmudgeon forge the unlikeliest of friendships in this charming, feel-good novel about one misfit book club and the lives (and loves) it changed along the way.

Sloane Parker lives a small, contained life as a librarian in her small, contained town. She never thinks of herself as lonely…but still she looks forward to that time every day when old curmudgeon Arthur McLachlan comes to browse the shelves and cheerfully insult her. Their sparring is such a highlight of Sloane's day that when Arthur doesn't show up one morning, she's instantly concerned. And then another day passes, and another.

Anxious, Sloane tracks the old man down only to discover him all but bedridden...and desperately struggling to hide how happy he is to see her. Wanting to bring more cheer into Arthur's gloomy life, Sloane creates an impromptu book club. Slowly, the lonely misfits of their sleepy town begin to find each other, and in their book club, find the joy of unlikely friendship. Because as it turns out, everyone has a special book in their heart—and a reason to get lost (and eventually found) within the pages.

Books have a way of bringing even the loneliest of souls together...

About the Author

Lucy Gilmore is a celebrated novelist in a wide range of genres, including literary fiction, contemporary romance, and cozy mystery. She began her reading (and writing) career as an English literature major and ended as a book lover without all those pesky academic papers attached.

She lives in Spokane, WA with her family.

Visit her online at

Praise For…

"Gilmore’s complex characters jump off the page, and readers should have their handkerchiefs ready for some cathartic tears. This is a treat." — Publishers Weekly

"A fun, sweet read." — Library Journal

"Funny and charming." — Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728256214
ISBN-10: 1728256216
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English