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From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance. There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora. As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.


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From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of Memories in the Drift, comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance. There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora. As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library. They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined. No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.

30 review for The Night of Many Endings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Nora Martinez has a serious messiah complex. After losing her parents in a tragic accident as a young girl - an accident that her brother, Mario, blames himself for - she’s determined to save him from the life of drug addiction he’s been lost in for years - even if it comes at her own expense. Furthermore, she also seems determined to help everyone else while she’s at it, hoping the good karma will bring her brother back. One night, when a blizzard hits her town of Silver Ridge, Colorado, this yo Nora Martinez has a serious messiah complex. After losing her parents in a tragic accident as a young girl - an accident that her brother, Mario, blames himself for - she’s determined to save him from the life of drug addiction he’s been lost in for years - even if it comes at her own expense. Furthermore, she also seems determined to help everyone else while she’s at it, hoping the good karma will bring her brother back. One night, when a blizzard hits her town of Silver Ridge, Colorado, this young, good-hearted librarian is trapped in the darkened, cold library with four others: a cranky widow named Marlene, a sweet-natured teenager named Jasmine, the sensitive mythology-loving security guard, Vlado, and an abrasive elderly homeless gentleman named Lewis whose favorite word is apparently “goddamn” or any of its variations, which he says ad nauseam. Despite what felt like an “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to serious topics, including drug addiction, chronic illness, accidental or unexpected death, loss of parents, family dysfunction and estrangement, loneliness, homelessness, and suicidality, this surprisingly isn’t a heavy book. If you ever saw the 80’s comedy The Breakfast Club, where five teenagers from very different walks of life spend an afternoon detention in the school library bickering and bonding over their mutual dysfunctions, this felt like a dramatic grown-up version of that, complete with the same sense of bonding and character growth that the movie offered. I almost DNF’d it after being annoyed with Nora and then Marlene in the first few chapters, but I’m glad I pushed past it, because while I didn’t love it, I actually ended up feeling pretty engaged in the story. It had some really sweet and heartwarming moments, even if some verged on cloying. It won’t stick with me for long, but if you’re looking for a book with human connection and character growth and you like a bit of drama, it’s a quick, enjoyable read. ★★★ ½ Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. It will be published on October 19, 2021.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    CAN ONE NIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIFE? The “feel” of this book is “cozy” but the issues tackled-LONLINESS, HOMELESSNESS, GUILT and ADDICTION are ANYTHING BUT. A severe Winter Storm is brewing in Silver Ridge, Colorado and five residents are forced to shelter in place at the town library, until it passes. Fortunately, Nora Martinez is a librarian with an open heart and an open door. She realizes that libraries are one of the few places left where you don’t have to buy something to enter, and where every CAN ONE NIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIFE? The “feel” of this book is “cozy” but the issues tackled-LONLINESS, HOMELESSNESS, GUILT and ADDICTION are ANYTHING BUT. A severe Winter Storm is brewing in Silver Ridge, Colorado and five residents are forced to shelter in place at the town library, until it passes. Fortunately, Nora Martinez is a librarian with an open heart and an open door. She realizes that libraries are one of the few places left where you don’t have to buy something to enter, and where everyone is welcome. Her brother is missing, and possibly homeless after battling with addiction and she volunteers at the homeless shelter, and passes out food and other supplies to others who share this fate. She and her security guard, Vlado are inside with the last remaining patrons, Marlene-a lonely Widow and Jasmine, a troubled teen when they spot Lewis, a homeless man, outside in the raging storm, and usher him in. The SNOW ❄️ will come down all night. And, little by little, the walls each of them have built up to protect themselves, will come down too. I struggled to connect with the first half of the book, as you are told about the characters through their reflection and reminiscing, through alternating POV’s. The second half, was better, as the characters began to engage with one another and pull together to survive the many challenges they will face overnight. Although there was a heartwarming scene or two, I expected this story to touch me more emotionally than it did. The ending is definitely FEEL GOOD FICTION-wrapped up a bit TOO neatly with a bow! 🎁 3.5 ⭐️ Another buddy read with DeANN! Check out her amazing review! AVAILABLE NOW! Thank You to Lake Union Publishing for the gifted ARC provided through NetGalley! It was my pleasure to offer a candid review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3 library stars This one has a compelling premise – a winter snowstorm hits a mountain town in Colorado and a diverse group of people take shelter inside the library. It’s a gorgeous Carnegie library in Silver Ridge, but as the night goes on without power it’s drafty, cold, and dark. Librarian Nora has become a community leader and she is always helping people, especially the homeless and those with addiction. Once you learn that she has a brother in just this situation, you understand her passion 3 library stars This one has a compelling premise – a winter snowstorm hits a mountain town in Colorado and a diverse group of people take shelter inside the library. It’s a gorgeous Carnegie library in Silver Ridge, but as the night goes on without power it’s drafty, cold, and dark. Librarian Nora has become a community leader and she is always helping people, especially the homeless and those with addiction. Once you learn that she has a brother in just this situation, you understand her passion. She doesn’t know where her brother is but hopes that someone is helping him like she helps others. Also in the library are the security guard, Vlado; a grumpy senior Marlene; a teenager with a few secrets, Jasmine; and finally, Lewis, a homeless man. As the snow piles up outside, we learn more about each of these people and secrets begin to come out. Some of Marlene’s assumptions are challenged and Lewis opens up about why he is in his situation. This one had a slow start, and I did prefer the second half. This one doesn’t feel dark, but does have themes of addiction, homelessness, loneliness, and depression. It’s ultimately hopeful, but I was not emotionally pulled into this one. It did make for a great buddy with Jayme and we both enjoyed thinking about snowstorms in the middle of hot summer days. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne is a women’s fiction title about a group of strangers forced into spending a night together. This is a novel that changes the point of view between main characters giving you all sides of the story. Nora Martinez is the librarian in the small town of Silver Ridge, Colorado. Nora has a kind heart wanting to help all those she can which stems from her own upbringing with a brother who struggled with addiction. Nora feels that if she puts out good energy it The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne is a women’s fiction title about a group of strangers forced into spending a night together. This is a novel that changes the point of view between main characters giving you all sides of the story. Nora Martinez is the librarian in the small town of Silver Ridge, Colorado. Nora has a kind heart wanting to help all those she can which stems from her own upbringing with a brother who struggled with addiction. Nora feels that if she puts out good energy it may circle around to her brother one day who she was never able to help. One night at the library Nora is on duty when a storm is brewing outside and she begins to worry about her patrons getting home safely. Before anyone can even think about leaving though they find that the storm is already too bad for them to travel. Left at the library that night with Nora is Marlene, a lonely widow, Jasmine a teenager with troubles of her own, Lewis who is homeless and has nowhere to turn and Vlado, the security guard. The Night of Many Endings got off to a bit of a rocky start for me when I picked it up. The beginning was a bit too much of an fast forward info dump about the characters before it settled into a nicer paced story. However, once the actual story began I actually became quite engaged in learning about these very different people and their lives. There was plenty that went on through the night to keep the pages turning and the character growth was plentiful so when I finished I actually found that I had enjoyed the read quite a bit. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 5 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    In a Nutshell: Don’t know if I simply picked this up at the wrong time, but it didn’t work out for me as I had expected. A slow, thought-provoking, slightly-saddening-slightly-frustrating read with a hopeful ending. Story: Five individuals somehow find themselves in a library during a snowstorm. Nora Martinez: librarian; compulsive do-gooder; has been searching for her estranged drug-addict brother since many years; use ALL her spare time in voluntary work. Marlene: seventy year old library patr In a Nutshell: Don’t know if I simply picked this up at the wrong time, but it didn’t work out for me as I had expected. A slow, thought-provoking, slightly-saddening-slightly-frustrating read with a hopeful ending. Story: Five individuals somehow find themselves in a library during a snowstorm. Nora Martinez: librarian; compulsive do-gooder; has been searching for her estranged drug-addict brother since many years; use ALL her spare time in voluntary work. Marlene: seventy year old library patron; suffers from fibromyalgia but hates being pitied for her pain; outspoken, judgemental, and proud on the outside. Lewis: a homeless old man; in town hoping to catch a glimpse of his granddaughter. Jasmine: a fifteen year old who lives with her grandma; defensive and secretive. Vlado: the library security guard who is more interested in books and Nora than in security. The only thing they have in common is that they are all lonely. What happens when these diverse characters are stuck with each other in the library on that stormy night with no means of escape? *insert melancholy music here to set the right mood. Otherwise, it sounds more like a horror-thriller tagline.* About 80% of the book is set on the night of the snowstorm and reveals the interactions (good and bad, peaceful and argumentative) the characters have with each other. The final 20% covers the aftermath of their association. It’s almost like a group of strangers trying to play therapist to each other until the storm, literally, passes over. Before the night is over, they realise that all of them are hiding deep pain, none of them is without secrets (some obvious, others not so much), and each of them is in need of a friend and a new focus in life. Because (almost) everything is revealed in the course of one night, there are many flashbacks and reminiscences to explain the back story of each character. In spite of all this detailing, there are no layers to the characters. Each of them has one and only one dominant emotion/action almost throughout the book. This is a bit monotonous to read as they become quite predictable in their verbal exchanges. For instance, Nora only sees the best in people while Marlene only sees the worst in them. So whenever these ladies open their mouths to speak, you can guess what will be said. The first half of the book is extremely slow and somewhat repetitive. I felt like DNFing it many times but persisted only because it was an ARC. The second half is much better if you can stick with the story. To me though, it felt like too little, too late. The Author’s Note at the end reveals that she wrote the story after considering how our experiences affect our interactions and perceptions of people and strangers. I like this idea a lot. And if I keep this point in mind, the story does what it set out to do. But this kind of book calls for the right mood as it is so slow and contemplative and contains many heavy themes such as loneliness, homelessness, drug abuse and grief. I was unfortunately not in that mental zone. There were some heartfelt moments throughout and the ending gives the perfect and realistic conclusion without going much over the top. But because of the dragging first half and the unidimensional characters, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had expected to. Add to this the fact that the library is just the location and has hardly any role to play in the story. The only relevant library-related point was how Nora sought to make it more accessible to everyone and go beyond its core purpose. I’m not sure if I agree with her concept entirely, but it’s worth a thought. If you are in the mood for a slow-burn stimulating read, do give this a try. My thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC of “The Night of Many Endings”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 19, 2021 Melissa Payne, author of “The Secrets of Lost Stones”, sheds a light on humanity, addiction and the connectedness we find through books and reading, with her newest novel “The Night of Many Endings”. Nora Martinez is the librarian in Silver Ridge, Colorado, volunteering with the homeless in her spare time and trying t Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: October 19, 2021 Melissa Payne, author of “The Secrets of Lost Stones”, sheds a light on humanity, addiction and the connectedness we find through books and reading, with her newest novel “The Night of Many Endings”. Nora Martinez is the librarian in Silver Ridge, Colorado, volunteering with the homeless in her spare time and trying to bring the love of reading to the small community. But behind Nora’s exterior attitude of positivity and joy is a great loss- after the death of both her parents in a car accident that left her brother, Mario, grievously injured, Nora has spent her life trying to reconnect with Mario, to bring him back from the life of homelessness and drug use that has plagued him since that fateful day. When a snowstorm hits their town, Nora finds herself stranded in the library with some of the library’s frequent guests; Marlene, the town loner who, after the loss of her husband, feels bereft and lost; Lewis, the homeless man who also has his own battle with addictions; Vlado, the librarian security guard who is trying to make a new home in America after leaving his country and Jasmine, the young, quiet teenager who everyone assumes is up to no good. As the snow continues to fall the five strangers begin to realize just what they have in common, and bond in unexpected ways. Payne’s “Endings” is like an adult “The Breakfast Club”, as five seemingly different people are stranded together and bond over their similarities. However, Payne touches on some achingly emotional topics as well, including grief and loss, and addiction. The honest portrayal of addiction, from both the addict and the loved one, is both haunting and painful, but also exceptionally realistic. Above all else, “Endings” is a story of the human condition, and humanity winning out against all evils. Going into the story, judgments are made about the characters, but as Payne’s novel goes on, each character beings to reveal their human side. My attitudes and opinions about each character changed several times throughout the story, until, at the very end, I wanted each and every character to succeed. “Endings” is also a story about books and libraries, how stories can bring people together and how libraries can cater to every walk of life, which is also relatable to any long-time reader. The ending of the story was both bittersweet and exceptionally believable, providing the reader with exactly what they didn’t know they needed. The story is well-developed, the plot flows well, and Payne creates characters that are easy to bond with. “The Night of Many Endings” connected with me on many levels, not just in the characters’ love of books and reading, but at my deeper, human core. I am a new reader of Payne’s work, but this will not be my last novel by this author. I eagerly anticipate Payne’s next work.

  7. 5 out of 5

    thewildreaderwithacat

    The Night of Many Endings is a great read and the cover is pretty cool! I was engaged from the start and enjoyed the reading experience. The story is about people from different paths of life meeting each other under unforseen circumstances and how they grow towards knowing and liking each other. The characters are well developed and relatable, I liked how throughout the book they seemed like normal people just going through life. The book talks about drug addiction, grief, love and friendship. We The Night of Many Endings is a great read and the cover is pretty cool! I was engaged from the start and enjoyed the reading experience. The story is about people from different paths of life meeting each other under unforseen circumstances and how they grow towards knowing and liking each other. The characters are well developed and relatable, I liked how throughout the book they seemed like normal people just going through life. The book talks about drug addiction, grief, love and friendship. We see how it changes a person and everyone around them. This is my first book by Melissa Payne, I liked her writing style and the ease with which the book takes you through so many lives. If the blurb interests you, then you've got to give this one a try. The Night of Many Endings is a pleasant and insightful read. Thank you Netgalley, publisher - Lake Union Publishing and author - Melissa Payne for the ARC

  8. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! It has been a while since I read a book that was able to evoke this many emotions in me. THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS by Melissa Payne is a thought-provoking book about family, drugs, homelessness, sacrifice, and redemption. Five people are stuck in a library during a major snowstorm. Their lives will never be the same once the night is over. The characters are beautifully written, and the story is touching and sincere. It was unexpected and moving. #bookstadog #poodles #poodl 📚 Hello Book Friends! It has been a while since I read a book that was able to evoke this many emotions in me. THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS by Melissa Payne is a thought-provoking book about family, drugs, homelessness, sacrifice, and redemption. Five people are stuck in a library during a major snowstorm. Their lives will never be the same once the night is over. The characters are beautifully written, and the story is touching and sincere. It was unexpected and moving. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #thenightofmanyendings #melissapayne #amazonpublishing #lakeunionpublishing #bookreview

  9. 4 out of 5

    TL

    *read for free with Kindle Unlimited and audible audio * --- This was such a wonderful/sad/beautiful read for me. Each person had their own story that was more than it appeared, and as it was revealed, bit by bit... It connected you to them that much more, and the threads became a little deeper. Some things more than others broke my heart and some I could understand that person's side of it but still wish they could see themselves better. I had a suspicion about one person before the others realize *read for free with Kindle Unlimited and audible audio * --- This was such a wonderful/sad/beautiful read for me. Each person had their own story that was more than it appeared, and as it was revealed, bit by bit... It connected you to them that much more, and the threads became a little deeper. Some things more than others broke my heart and some I could understand that person's side of it but still wish they could see themselves better. I had a suspicion about one person before the others realized it and turned out to be right:(. (view spoiler)[I have people in my family who are borderline or full blown diabetic. I was so glad when Jasmine was okay, I was gripping the steering wheel pretty tight the whole time (hide spoiler)] The growth of the group during the snowstorm and after was a beautiful thing to watch. Marlene became a favorite of mine. I fell in love with everyone though. Hopefully, that was coherent, haha, but I just can't think of all the words I want to use about how much this story struck me. It hooked me from the very beginning and I couldn't read it fast enough. The narrators did a wonderful job, sank their teeth into it all, and just ran with it:). The narrator for Lewis I had more trouble with at times. Not that he didn't do a good job but he didn't seem to fit his person as much as the others for most of the story. (This could have been deliberate as well, with Lewis keeping everyone at arms length, in which case, wonderfully done..if that all made sense) I would highly recommend this 👌 👍 👏. Narration: 4 stars 🌟 overall Story: 5 stars 🌟 🤩

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    An odd group of strangers are isolated due to a major snow storm in their public library.... a long cold night with a wonderful outcome. Great book, thanks for the giveaway!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    Bestselling Author, Melissa Payne's new novel, THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS (LakeUnion) is an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances and seeing the world through someone else's eyes. It tackles some deep issues such as guilt, loneliness, homelessness, depression and addiction. That's a lot to take on, but the story is beautifully written and the ending feels optimistic. Imagine a blizzard is moving in, you can't leave the place you are, in this case a library and you're stuck Bestselling Author, Melissa Payne's new novel, THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS (LakeUnion) is an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances and seeing the world through someone else's eyes. It tackles some deep issues such as guilt, loneliness, homelessness, depression and addiction. That's a lot to take on, but the story is beautifully written and the ending feels optimistic. Imagine a blizzard is moving in, you can't leave the place you are, in this case a library and you're stuck with strangers. It's a great premise for a novel and it's THE NIGHT OF MANY ENDINGS. There are five characters: librarian, Nora. troubled teen, Jasmine, widowed, Marlene, homeless Lewis and security guard, Vlado. Nora's parents were killed in a freak accident when she was little and her brother, Mario blames himself. Mario has disappeared into a world of drugs and addiction and Nora has been searching for him. Unable to find her brother, Nora has developed a fix the world complex. On the night of the blizzard the characters are all on the defense, but eventually they share and each one changes in many ways. The characters are complex and well developed. My favorite? Nora, the bleeding heart. She can't help her brother, so she tries to fix everyone she comes across.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I didn’t have any expectations when I started The Night of Many Endings, but found myself really enjoying the story. It took me a few chapters to get really into it but after that I was fully invested in every characters story. Librarian Nora, security guard Vlado, Marlene an elderly loner, Lewis a homeless man, and Jasmine a troubled teen are all stranded and take shelter together at a library during a winter storm. Here they find th **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I didn’t have any expectations when I started The Night of Many Endings, but found myself really enjoying the story. It took me a few chapters to get really into it but after that I was fully invested in every characters story. Librarian Nora, security guard Vlado, Marlene an elderly loner, Lewis a homeless man, and Jasmine a troubled teen are all stranded and take shelter together at a library during a winter storm. Here they find themselves fighting and eventually opening up to each other. They all teach other a valuable lesson about life and letting go. All the characters have their own issues and secrets. I really found it beautiful how they all towards to end started to open up and work together. My heart broke for the characters and they all had their own heartbreak they had to deal with. This story was fast-paced and a bit rushed at times. Especially towards the end it left me a bit unsatisfied. The writing style had a great flow and it was very easy to read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews

    Many thanks to author for providing ARC, in exchange for an honest review. The Night of Many Endings was touching and emotional fiction that revolved around three strangers stuck in library during storm. The story was about addiction, loss, grief, PTSD, depression, homeless life, guilt, regrets, presumptions, stereotypes, loneliness, hope, and following dream and living life before it’s too late. Writing was gripping, vivid, and touching with its heavy subject and yet it never felt overwhelming. Thi Many thanks to author for providing ARC, in exchange for an honest review. The Night of Many Endings was touching and emotional fiction that revolved around three strangers stuck in library during storm. The story was about addiction, loss, grief, PTSD, depression, homeless life, guilt, regrets, presumptions, stereotypes, loneliness, hope, and following dream and living life before it’s too late. Writing was gripping, vivid, and touching with its heavy subject and yet it never felt overwhelming. This was character driven story and all characters were brilliant written. They all were flawed, had lost something, dream or loved ones and were stuck in life, struggling to move on until they were stranded in library. The setting of Sliver Ridge library, Colorado during storm made the story atmospheric. I loved how author showed there is more to all people than meet the eyes, all have story, all are going through something in life, how there is normal person in addicts and homeless people, how people having stereotypes against them makes them feel, and no one is lonely if only one can let others in. Overall, The Night of Many Endings was heart touching, deep, and emotive fiction with heavy topic making it perfect book club read. I highly recommend this if you like, Character driven stories steady pace emotional stories group read worthy heavy topics set in library sad but very hopeful story satisfactory ending Full review - https://booksteacupreviews.com/2021/0...

  14. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    It is hard to believe The Night of Many Endings is already Melissa Payne's third book! I have been reading her since the beginning with The Secrets of Lost Stones, and just like her previous 2 books, she tackles some heavy subjects. In this novel, she delves into loneliness, addiction, grief, and loss and I love that she doesn't shy away from topics like this. The story is told from 3 different viewpoints, we have Nora whose brother struggles with addiction and has since gone MIA on her; Marlene It is hard to believe The Night of Many Endings is already Melissa Payne's third book! I have been reading her since the beginning with The Secrets of Lost Stones, and just like her previous 2 books, she tackles some heavy subjects. In this novel, she delves into loneliness, addiction, grief, and loss and I love that she doesn't shy away from topics like this. The story is told from 3 different viewpoints, we have Nora whose brother struggles with addiction and has since gone MIA on her; Marlene a cantankerous elderly woman who is dealing with some problems of her own; and we have Lewis who is currently homeless and struggling with addiction and something that happened in his past. I loved the variety we get with each person, and I fell in love with all of them almost instantly as well as the secondary characters. I also wanted to quickly note how good the audiobook for The Night of Many Endings is. We get a different narrator for each viewpoint and they all did a great job with their characters. The narrators are Almarie Guerra, Janet Metzger, & Patrick Lawlor for anyone interested, and I was happy to learn I had listened to Lawlor before in previous books. They made the experience even better, and I think they did a nice job of helping me connect to each of the characters. While this was an emotional read, I didn't find it quite as emotional as Payne's last 2 novels, although I'm not sure why. I didn't feel quite as invested in these characters as I have in her others, which brought my rating down just a bit, but this was still a completely solid read. I loved the library setting as well, and I definitely know about those big Colorado storms like the one mentioned in this book. I love Payne's writing, and I highly recommend checking out all of her books including The Night of Many Endings. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Taylor

    Thank you to both #NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an advance copy of Melissa Payne’s latest novel, The Night of Many Endings, in exchange for an honest review. #TheNightofManyEndings is an aptly titled contemporary fiction novel about five characters (Nora, Marlene, Jasmine, Lewis, and Vlado) from different walks of life who get stranded in their community library during a huge snowstorm in Silver Ridge, Colorado. The story is essentially modeled on a locked-room mystery no Thank you to both #NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an advance copy of Melissa Payne’s latest novel, The Night of Many Endings, in exchange for an honest review. #TheNightofManyEndings is an aptly titled contemporary fiction novel about five characters (Nora, Marlene, Jasmine, Lewis, and Vlado) from different walks of life who get stranded in their community library during a huge snowstorm in Silver Ridge, Colorado. The story is essentially modeled on a locked-room mystery novel sans the mystery; though I guess if you really wanted to, you could make a case for Mario being the “mystery” here. I was intrigued by the rave reviews that the author received for her previously published works and the fact that so many readers commented on her beautiful prose. After reading this novel, I agree that the author can write and that the book is easy to read. I also think the characters are very well developed. The writing and characters, however, were not enough to hold my attention the entire journey. At times, I felt myself drifting off and struggling to maintain focus. There are many redundancies throughout the chapters that could benefit from some sharp editing. Also, while a snowstorm is the perfect backdrop for the bleak material, I did not find it as uplifting or redeeming as other readers did. Additionally, I thought the protagonist’s story (i.e., Nora) lacked a proper ending when compared to the other characters like Marlene and Lewis. Since the plot is primarily driven by the characters’ backstories and takes place in mainly one setting, the town library, I find there is not much to discuss without spoiling anything and am left answering two basic questions for readers: Is the author a good storyteller? For the most part, yes. Is this a book that anyone can read? Not necessarily. I do not recommend reading if you cannot tolerate or are not in the mood for the following subjects: addiction, death of a loved one or family members, chronic pain/illnesses, and loneliness. If you enjoy character studies, especially those for despondent and bitter characters, then I would say go for it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    Melissa Payne, does it again. After reading Memories in the Drift, I was left with my jaw on the floor. Melissa Payne has such a unique writing style that instantly captivates you and draws you right in. The Night of Many Endings is a book about hope and second chances. Take a step back, try to see the world through a different set of eyes. Nora became an orphan as a little girl. Not only was she left parent less but she also had a front row seat to watch her brother spiral out on control, consu Melissa Payne, does it again. After reading Memories in the Drift, I was left with my jaw on the floor. Melissa Payne has such a unique writing style that instantly captivates you and draws you right in. The Night of Many Endings is a book about hope and second chances. Take a step back, try to see the world through a different set of eyes. Nora became an orphan as a little girl. Not only was she left parent less but she also had a front row seat to watch her brother spiral out on control, consumed by his addiction. Nora is a librarian in a small town. She hasn't given up on hope that her life can change. Maybe someday even reunite with her brother who has been missing for years. Nora knows the library isnt just a library but it has provided itself as a safe place to those in need. This is a story about Jasmine, Marlene, Vlado and of course, Lewis. All of them have been brought together within the library. A storm has brought these people together under the roof of the library. Throughout their time together they learn things about each other but also about themselves. This is going to be a night of change. Nora is left questioning everything . What really happened to Nora's brother? Tune in October 19, 2021 to uncover the power of fate, second chances and long buried mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    Goodread Review to come (see Instagram @mom_loves_reading for more info)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Minna

    This one goes on the growing pile of DNFs. It features sheltering in a small town Colorado library during a mammoth snowstorm. Sounds appealing, but it’s a maudlin pity party.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Agnes (BookBubbe)

    Whats better than getting stuck at a Library during a winter snow storm. But again that depends on who you get snowed in with. The story centers around Nora who is the librarian, with a brother who is an addict. She is relentlessly trying to find him. But then the snow storm huddles her with a variety of characters like Vlado the security guard, Marlene, a 70 year old widow, Lewis who is also an addict and Jasmine, a teenager with problems of her own. I suppose you can say that disasters bring pe Whats better than getting stuck at a Library during a winter snow storm. But again that depends on who you get snowed in with. The story centers around Nora who is the librarian, with a brother who is an addict. She is relentlessly trying to find him. But then the snow storm huddles her with a variety of characters like Vlado the security guard, Marlene, a 70 year old widow, Lewis who is also an addict and Jasmine, a teenager with problems of her own. I suppose you can say that disasters bring people closer and so we look into the souls of all these people and how they connect under certain circumstances. Who wants help, who wont take help and how their lives change over one night. Loved the story and the people. #fourstars #kindleunlimited

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Goodrich

    I enjoyed this book--it was a freebie from Goodreads. It follows the story of five people who end up stranded in a small town library during a blizzard. I liked the various plot lines following the lives and interactions of the librarian, the security guard, a local widow, a homeless man and a lonely teenager. Now I would like to explore more titles from this author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol (Reading Ladies)

    4.5 Stars Thanks #NetGalley #LetsTalkBooksPromo @LetsTalkBooksPromo @Getredprbooks @AmazonPublishing (Lake Union) for a complimentary eARC of #TheNightOfManyEndings by @MelissaPayne_writes upon my request. All opinions are my own. Nora Martinez is a kind and compassionate librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge. Nora has a heart for the homeless population and after work she can be found delivering blankets, coats, and food to those sleeping on city benches. She welcomes the home 4.5 Stars Thanks #NetGalley #LetsTalkBooksPromo @LetsTalkBooksPromo @Getredprbooks @AmazonPublishing (Lake Union) for a complimentary eARC of #TheNightOfManyEndings by @MelissaPayne_writes upon my request. All opinions are my own. Nora Martinez is a kind and compassionate librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge. Nora has a heart for the homeless population and after work she can be found delivering blankets, coats, and food to those sleeping on city benches. She welcomes the homeless into the library to use the restroom, treats them compassionately, believes in second chances, and tries to learn their names. Nora finds great comfort herself working in the library, and it becomes her home away from home. One reason she works tirelessly on behalf of the homeless is the concern she has for her brother who is living on the streets and is addicted to drugs. If she can’t help him, maybe she can help others. One night, a blizzard hits the small town and Nora and four others are stranded in the library overnight. As the storm rages outside, Nora and the patrons struggle to keep warm and to share their personal stories. A cast of colorful and relatable characters propels this story forward. First, there is Nora, the “bleeding heart” librarian; Marlene, an older, bitter, and lonely widow; Jasmine, a quiet and troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man who is a drug addict; and Vlado, a book-loving security guard who admires Nora. It may surprise you to find that by story’s end, you’ve fallen hard for each character! To me, that’s an especially satisfactory ending! Where would you like to be stranded during a blizzard? An old library in a small Colorado town and a blizzard raging outside is vividly described and imagined. I think the setting is essential to the story, and the blizzard serves to provide drama as it propels the plot forward and introduces elements of danger and survival. I love a story with thoughtful themes! At first glance, this seems like a quaint book about books and a library; however, The Night of Many Endings includes an ambitious collection of substantial themes including homelessness, addiction, grief, loneliness, second chances, library love, siblings, complicated relationships, imperfect people, survival, understanding, compassion, assumptions, addiction’s effect on family members, loss of a spouse, loss of parents, guilt, suicidal thoughts, found family, and hope. Bottom line, this is a heavy story that ends satisfactorily with an abundance of hope. It often caused me to think of this quote by Andre Agassi in Open: “This is the only perfection there is. The perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting value or meaning. This is why we’re here, to make each other feel safe.” ***May Contain Spoilers*** Content Considerations: grief, suicidal ideas (not fulfilled) by overdose and gun; loss of parents, loss of spouse, homelessness, addiction I’m recommending The Night of Many Endings for fans of stories set in librararies, for readers who appreciate substantial themes with a hope-filled ending, and for those who love engaging and heartfelt stories. The story contains many discussion possibilities for book clubs, and book club questions are available at the end of the story. For more reviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com where this review was first published.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lani

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story and appreciate the way it left me thinking about those struggling with drug addiction as well as the stereotypes that we often place on complete strangers. Brief description: A powerful winter storm passes through Silver Ridge, Colorado leaving five individuals stranded in the town library overnight. There's Nora, the librarian who has devoted her entire life to trying to find and help her brother recover from his drug addiction. There's Marlene, the woman who see I thoroughly enjoyed this story and appreciate the way it left me thinking about those struggling with drug addiction as well as the stereotypes that we often place on complete strangers. Brief description: A powerful winter storm passes through Silver Ridge, Colorado leaving five individuals stranded in the town library overnight. There's Nora, the librarian who has devoted her entire life to trying to find and help her brother recover from his drug addiction. There's Marlene, the woman who sees the negative in all people and situations. Vlado is the security guard who seems more interested in reading his books and admiring Nora from afar. Jasmine is seemingly the typical teenager who is up to no good and hiding something from the others. And then there's Lewis, the homeless man who battling his own demons. As the cold night unfolds, those stereotypes they've all assumed are broken down and their stories are shared. What I liked about this book: I appreciated the character and relationship developments in this story. Their struggles and secrets felt so real and relatable. This book left me thinking about how we never know someone's full story or background and how easily we often place a stereotype on strangers. It was a heartwarming story and I really enjoyed it. What didn't work for me: At times it felt very repetitive, particularly with Nora and her relationship with her brother. Overall, I liked this one and would recommend it. Thanks to the publisher and GetRedPR for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi

    From the description, I was comparing this book to the Breakfast Club movie from the 80s. A group of people from all ages and backgrounds, stuck in a library during a terrible snowstorm with no light or heat. The way they help each other and the truths they share about their lives will change them in a positive way long after that night. Heavy topics like drug use, loneliness, homelessness, and guilt are discussed in a way that doesn't seem depressing and sad, but leaves you at the end feeling h From the description, I was comparing this book to the Breakfast Club movie from the 80s. A group of people from all ages and backgrounds, stuck in a library during a terrible snowstorm with no light or heat. The way they help each other and the truths they share about their lives will change them in a positive way long after that night. Heavy topics like drug use, loneliness, homelessness, and guilt are discussed in a way that doesn't seem depressing and sad, but leaves you at the end feeling hopeful. Never judge a book by its cover... everyone has their own issues and battles to fight. Sometimes the kindest and happiest people have the most tragic past they're trying to conquer. I love Nora's helpful approach to everyone in need, believing that by helping others, maybe someone else is helping her brother. I'm a sucker for books about libraries and bookstores, and while this book wasn't quite what i expected, I still really enjoyed it. I received an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley. The views and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and given voluntarily.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Sadly, I was not very engaged with the characters, except for Lewis and Jasmine. His story and voice just touched me. He was someone that just hit a few bumps in life and yet, he was trying to turn his life around. Where Jasmine is concerned. She is the example of don't judge a book by its cover. She may have looked like a troubled teen but she had more underneath that layer. This story started out slowly but when the storm came and everyone was tra I so wanted to like this book more than I did. Sadly, I was not very engaged with the characters, except for Lewis and Jasmine. His story and voice just touched me. He was someone that just hit a few bumps in life and yet, he was trying to turn his life around. Where Jasmine is concerned. She is the example of don't judge a book by its cover. She may have looked like a troubled teen but she had more underneath that layer. This story started out slowly but when the storm came and everyone was trapped together, it moved at a fairly better pacing. So, if you can stick with this book, it does pick up and get better. I did see promise in this book but just wished that I could have connected with the characters better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I bought this book when it was on sale for 99p because I really enjoyed Memories in the Drift. I thought this was a terrific book, a real tear-jerker that packs an emotional punch. I fell in love with all the characters who become embroiled in each other’s lives through their shared loss and loneliness. Nora is lost because her brother caused the car accident that killed their parents and his inability to cope led him into a spiral of addiction. She seeks https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I bought this book when it was on sale for 99p because I really enjoyed Memories in the Drift. I thought this was a terrific book, a real tear-jerker that packs an emotional punch. I fell in love with all the characters who become embroiled in each other’s lives through their shared loss and loneliness. Nora is lost because her brother caused the car accident that killed their parents and his inability to cope led him into a spiral of addiction. She seeks to help those who remind her of her brother and are lost souls as well. When the characters are stuck I the library during a storm this could have been cheesy but the author makes it work. This is well worth a read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    On_a_sandbar (Carol)

    This was a very engaging book that really drew me on to the characters. It’s centered in a library in a small town outside of Denver, Colorado. An odd assortment of characters become stranded together during an intense snowstorm. There’s Jasmine - a teenager, Lewis - who has become homeless and addicted, Vlad - the library security guard, Marlene - who is older and not particularly pleasant, and Nora - the lovely, hopeful librarian who feels that helping others is the best way of life. Each of t This was a very engaging book that really drew me on to the characters. It’s centered in a library in a small town outside of Denver, Colorado. An odd assortment of characters become stranded together during an intense snowstorm. There’s Jasmine - a teenager, Lewis - who has become homeless and addicted, Vlad - the library security guard, Marlene - who is older and not particularly pleasant, and Nora - the lovely, hopeful librarian who feels that helping others is the best way of life. Each of the characters has their own troubled past, even Nora. If you enjoy character driven, personal journey stories, this will be for you. It deals with heavy topics including addiction and homelessness, which may be difficult for some readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Adult Breakfast Club During A Disaster. Ok, so I love me a good disaster movie, and The Breakfast Club (look it up, kiddos) is one of the most iconic movies Hollywood has ever produced, at least for those of us who were anywhere from young kids (and mostly learning of its amazingness a few years after it released) to young adults (who were actively living it) in that era. Here, Payne manages to hit both notes while admittedly not having quite the same tear-jerking punches of both of her prior no Adult Breakfast Club During A Disaster. Ok, so I love me a good disaster movie, and The Breakfast Club (look it up, kiddos) is one of the most iconic movies Hollywood has ever produced, at least for those of us who were anywhere from young kids (and mostly learning of its amazingness a few years after it released) to young adults (who were actively living it) in that era. Here, Payne manages to hit both notes while admittedly not having quite the same tear-jerking punches of both of her prior novels. The front part of the book sets up the disaster, and actually does nearly as good a job as the Tommy Lee Jones movie Volcano in showing just how "normal" the day of the disaster is. Then the disaster strikes and our more Breakfast Club mode kicks in. Here, our cast isn't trapped by an overbearing Principal in detention, but in a life and death struggle to stay alive and stay warm during a brutal snowstorm - but the ultimate tones and themes are very similar, up to and including various relevant tragic backstories. (Note that only the currently-relevant-backstories-at-time-of-publication part is similar between the two. The actual backstories are actually wildly divergent and yet great looks into under-told stories of each type of person.) And yet - get ready for yet another movie reference - the ending drags on a bit similar to The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. Ok, the "coronation" has finally happened. We don't need half the tale being what happens after! (Note, nowhere near that bad here - more like the back 20% ish of the tale.) Still, the writing is as beautiful and poignant as ever, the overall backstories are inventive in their rarity in literature, and ultimately this *is* a really strong book that everyone should read. Very much recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura Schoener

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I more had issues with the formatting of the book. The author’s style of writing made it hard to put the book down. However, I found myself so invested with Nora and Mario’s story that I didn’t connect with the other character’s the same way. So the constantly changing POV was a bit frustrating. But I loved the setting of a library during the snow storm and I would recommend this book just on Nora’s story alone!

  29. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    This book is about five people( all different) who are stranded at their community library ( I know!! We probably all dreamed of this at some point) LOL! For me it was a slow start but I did enjoy parts of it. While this is my first book by this author, it won’t be my last!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

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