Book: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles
Publication date: November 23, 2016
Reviewed by Meredith
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
Immediately I fell in love with the title. It screamed “Wonderful Christmas Story.” And it was a really lovely story at that. Told completely in Toby’s POV, he’s the Junior Librarian at Sandy Lake Local Library. Mr. Miggles (Sean) is the Head Librarian. Mr. Miggles adores Christmas and he goes overboard every year. I love that!
Now, this year things don’t go so great and not only is Christmas at risk but so is the library. After a town scandal threatens Mr. Miggles job, Toby decides he needs to fight for him and so does the whole town.
Toby is such a wonderfully written character. He’s smart, sweet, and deserving of someone who will remember the little things about him, as his mother tells him. Mr. Miggles' sad path threatens to block any romance between the two but Toby is stubborn. He has to be when dealing with Mr. M!
My favorite part about this story was the community unity! To see everyone come together to fight for what’s right to go face to face with the politics. I really needed this book right now in my life and without question you all do too.
With great holiday fun, wonderful characters, and a sprinkle of magic this is a perfect Christmas story!
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