The Littlest Library

Avon. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780063216938. pap. $16.99. F
Jess Metcalf and her grandmother were always a team. Losing her parents at age four meant Mimi became Jess’s sole caregiver and confidante. When Mimi dies, 32-year-old Jess is jobless, alone, and ready to make some changes in her life. She puts her house on the market, then drives until she runs out of gas, ending up in the small English town of Middlemass. There she finds the perfect cottage; what she doesn’t expect is the grouchy, very handsome neighbor Aidan, with whom she has a contentious first encounter. Nevertheless, Jess purchases the cottage and attends a rousing meeting with the town council concerning the phone box in her front yard, where she agrees to start a lending library, using the books she and Mimi collected. New friends, new kittens, and a new house give Jess newfound confidence, but will this bliss last? Or like everything in her life, will it all come crashing down?
VERDICT Alexander’s second novel (following 25 Days ’Til Christmas) is a fun, sassy jaunt. Readers will love Middlemass and the sweet people who live there.
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