Title: The Little Library
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
Length: 285 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.
Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.
In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.
Sometimes the perfect book is one that kind of sneaks up on you. One that's kind of quiet, with low angst and characters that are easy to relate to, and the story pretty much just ambles along from beginning to end with no major highs or lows. That's what I found in Kim Fielding's new release, The Little Library. The blurb caught my attention when I first saw it because I find the idea of a little library utterly charming and while Kim isn't an author I've read very often, what I have read, I've enjoyed immensely so I couldn't wait to see what The Little Library was all about.
Elliot Thompson and Simon Odisho are two characters that you just can't help but fall in love with. Both are trying to overcome life changing events in their careers and are in the process of starting over, or trying to at least. When they meet they are immediately attracted to one another, if a bit awkward. Their first date had me smiling and laughing so much they were just so endearingly adorkable. Things progress so naturally between the two and there is next to no angst that comes up. Simon is not out to his family and while this is a stumbling block, it's not a big one and I so appreciated that.
This is a slow burn romance with lots of heart and feelings. It's about books which is a subject near and dear to my heart. It's about friendship and family and starting over. If you're looking for a book that will make you feel good and smile, then check out The Little Library. You won't be sorry you did!
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