Sep 132022
 

 

The Littlest Library: A Novel

The Littlest Library Poppy Alexander

A heartwarming literary-themed novel about a woman who turns an ordinary red phone box into the littlest library in England and brings together a struggling town.

A little red telephone box full of stories, a chance to change her life…

Jess Metcalf is perfectly content with her quiet, predictable life. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, Jess’ life is turned upside down.

Determined to pick up the pieces, Jess decides it’s time for a new beginning. Unable to part with her grandmother’s cherished books, she packs them all up and moves to a tiny cottage in the English countryside. To her surprise, Jess discovers that she’s now the owner of an old red phone box that was left on the property. Missing her job at the local library, Jess decides to give back to her new community—using her grandmother’s collection to turn the ordinary phone box into the littlest library in England.

It’s not long before the books are borrowed and begin to work their literary magic—bringing the villagers together… and managing to draw Jess’ grumpy but handsome neighbor out of his shell.

Maybe it’s finally time for Jess to follow her heart, let go of her old life, and make the village her home? But will she be able to take the leap?

Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! I liked that although Jess was afraid of change and life without her grandmother, she decided to make a change anyway. I loved reading about the relationships with the friends she made, the good and the bad. I love learning how the littlest library came about, and when the library was threatened to be closed I was eager to find out if would stay open.

Jess had a great relationship with Aidan’s young daughter from the time they met. As for her dad and Jess, it was rough from the start. As they started to loose some of the tension between them, along comes his ex-wife to complicate it even more.  I wondered if it would work out in the end.

The book is narrated by Karen Cass who did a great job. Very easy to listen to!

The book gave me all kinds of feels and now I want to read her other books:
25 Days Till Christmas
12 Days Of Christmas

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  19 Responses to “The Littlest Library Poppy Alexander”

  1. This sounds like a nice story and I love the little library!

  2. Oh, I like the sound of this one!

  3. Sounds like a good one! How can you go wrong with a library at the heart of everything? 🙂

  4. I’ve heard nice things about this book and it’s on my TBR list. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the British town Hay-on-Wye, but every house is a bookshop. It is amazing!

  5. This sounds like a fun story. I love anything to do with libraries.

  6. I have seen this book on a few blogs and I want to read it too. I love the cover and your review makes me want to get to it now. Having not been able to read for a week I am a bit behind in my current mystery.

    • I’ve been behind on my reading since the beginning of the year.
      I was doing better, but it didn’t last very long.
      Trying to find a book that I think will grab me.

      • If you find one that gets you reading again that’s great. I missed reading last week when my eyes were swollen.
        Our library does not have this book but they do have 25 Days until Christmas so that’s waiting for me to pick up!

        • I hope you can find a copy soon, it’s very good. I was going to share my Audible copy with you but it seems that they have discontinued that 🙁

          • I appreciate that but I just can’t get into audible but still – I appreciate you! Have not started the 25 days until Christmas yet.
            What I wanted to tell you was I was surprised that you are getting notifictaions about kaiyo’s family!! I thought that was more of a people ancestry thing so….this ought to be interesting. I can’t wait to get those results back!

  7. I like the premise of the book and will add it to my list. I read Helen’s comment about Hay-on-Wye and was reminded that my mom and stepdad went there many, many years ago.

  8. This book sounds absolutely wonderful and like a perfect read for me.

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