The Littlest Library follows thirty-two year old Jessica “Jess” Metcalfe as she moves to the small village of Middlemass finding new friends and adventure. There are a series of events that play a role in her decision to move. At the forefront though is the recent death of her grandmother who raised her since she was a little girl. The move is a bit of a spur of the moment but when she sees the ivy cottage for the first time, she feels like she is coming home.
The cottage has not been lived in for a while so there is much work that needs to be done. Jess has a strong mental picture of what she would like it to look like when it is finished. There is also this old phone booth on the property that is shared with the community. Before she knows it, Jess is pulled into deciding what to do with the phone booth and helps turn it into a small library. There is no public library so the small library immediately becomes a hit. All of the books that are being used belong to Jess or her grandmother so they all have a special place in her heart.
Living in the village of Middlemass helps open Jess up. She has always kept to herself afraid to miss out on time with her grandmother. She only has one close friend that she keeps in touch with. The women of the village immediately take her under their wing giving her advice and helping support the little library. I really enjoyed the creation of the library within the phone booth and the way it brought the community together. There are literary references and tiny tidbits of wisdom coming from the little library though out the story.
There is a hint of romance within this story but it often felt like it was an afterthought. There really is not enough evolution of the dynamic between Jess and her neighbor Aiden. At first they bump heads and annoy each other but slowly they become friends. It never felt like it really moved past that though. There was quite a bit of this story that felt repetitive to me. Much of what was being said or done could have honestly been condensed. I also felt that some things were rushed in order to be finished and I just didn’t feel that was necessary. Alot seems to happen away from the page and it was just expected that the reader would catch on to help the story move forward.
The Littlest Library has the feel of a small community that is in need of books. When the little library is created there are sever characters who immediately become attached to it. I enjoyed the creation of the library in such a unique space. It brought something special to the community. The rest of the book did not really bring anything to me. It felt redundant and honestly just hit me as an “okay book”. There is nothing wrong with an ‘okay book” but in this case it really felt like there was something missing.
Rating: 3 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**