Tuesday 16 March 2021

Book Review: The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander

Sometimes all you need is a comfort read and The Littlest Library couldn't have been more that. This is Poppy Alexander's second book, her first being 25 Days in December, which I am now going to have to read this Christmas after falling in love with The Littlest Library


Jess has never been one to take risks. She likes her quiet, predictable life where she knows what each day will bring, but when she loses her job and her Grandmother passes away, Jess's life no longer feels steady and her comfortable world is turned upside down. However fate has a funny way of intervening and on a whim to avoid traffic, Jess turns down a country lane and spots the most picturesque house for sale in the quaintest of villages. She decides to just go for it and buy it and once she's moved in, she finds she is the unexpected owner of a telephone box. She turns it into a library using her Grandmother's books for those in the village to borrow at their leisure. Has Jess finally found her forever home and lifelong friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It had everything in it that I love about a comforting read, a wonderful community, a quaint little village and taking chances in life that lead to better things. 

The village of Middlemass is exactly the type of place I dream of living. It's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city and has such a comforting community of people, where everyone knows you by name and her there to help you out no matter what.. Poppy writes all of her characters so well, it was easy to imagine they were real people. I also had a real affinity with Jess, seeing myself a lot in her decisions. It was also a poignant read with Jess losing her beloved Grandmother, but still bravely striving on ahead despite her worries.

The telephone box library was such a lovely touch, especially as there is one in a village where my Mum lives and I think its such a wonderful way to get people reading. 

A truly uplifting, heartwarming and comforting read that I think we could all do with right now. 

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