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The Littlest Library

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  2,775 ratings  ·  686 reviews
A heartwarming literary-themed novel about a woman who turns an ordinary red phone box into the littlest library in England and brings together a struggling town.

A little red telephone box full of stories, a chance to change her life...

Jess Metcalf is perfectly content with her quiet, predictable life. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at t
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2022 by Avon Books (first published March 18th 2021)
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Sujoya (semi-hiatus till the end of the year)
Orphaned at a young age, our protagonist, thirty-two-year-old Jessica “Jess” Metcalfe was raised by her maternal grandmother, her loving “Mimi”, who instilled in her a love for books and reading. Having encountered tragedy at such a young age, Jess prefers her life to be predictable and safe. However, when tragedy strikes and Mimi passes away from a terminal illness and a few months later Jess loses her job as a librarian at the local library where she had been working for the past eleven years, ...more
Jul 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If this doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will.

Seriously, this book was a heartwarming book about community, family, books, and love.

Jess Metcalf has had her life turned upside down when her grandmother passes away and she loses her job. She purchases a small cottage in a small close-knit community. Her house even comes with an old red phone box. Who doesn't love them?

When she first stopped to look at the cottage, she met a grumpy man who had ties to the house....

Jess, a libra
Apr 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you this book was so cute!! The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander did NOT leave me dry eyed!! The cover was absolutely adorable!! After reading this book, I wanted to travel to England and find this cute telephone library box. At the beginning it was a little bit of a slow burn, but as the story went on it was just amazing!! I was hooked from the very first page, and it does NOT disappoint. As Jess was telling the story of her grandmother, Mimi I had tears running down my face. Let ...more
Jun 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet book! I picked this up because of the cover and because the title tells be it's about books. I also thought it was probably one of those cozy mystery stories because the last three I've read with bookshop or library in the title have been just that. I was surprised when there was no mystery, but truly enjoyed this book with themes of grief, loss, finding yourself, and taking chances. And yes, there's a romance as well.

Jess Metcalf's grandmother died, and then she lost her job. She d
Jun 22, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Littlest Library is the story of Jess, a librarian who finds herself moving to a quaint, old cottage in a tiny English village after experiencing some major life changes. It's a charming story filled with lovable side characters and the importance of libraries and books in a small community.

I would recommend this book to readers who love books about books and/or small-town dynamics. Thank you to the publisher for providing the advanced copy of this book.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jess lost her job at the local library and then her beloved grandmother passed away.

Jess decided she needed a change. She took a ride, saw an abandoned phone booth with a for sale sign on it and stopped. Well…she had no choice but to stop because her car konked out.

Was it fate that she stopped, went into the open house, and immediately bought the house in this quaint village?

She didn’t know what to think, but she loved it in Middlemass, loved her cottage named Ivy Cottage, and loved that she cou
Anna – ARC reader extraordinaire!
What a cute idea of converting a telephone box into a library. I came across someone running a tiny cafe from a telephone box in Birmingham once, so this is totally something I can imagine. And for Jess to honor the memory of her grandmother by starting a library in a tiny village, it’s just fantastic. Plus, the impact these books have on the locals is what the power of reading is all about. The Littlest Library is a joyful and light-hearted read.
the littlest library

Visit Middlemass in Devon where this book is set.

You really need to travel to Devon and find the Littlest Library!

What a joy this book is from start to finish. It starts quite poignantly with a woman who’s lived with her gran for some time and cared for her. When her gran dies, Jess wants a new start so she sets off on a road trip. She stumbles across a village and ends up moving there. Well, this really resonated with me as I felt I was Jess, needing a fresh start, having lost someone dear and
Jul 18, 2022 rated it it was ok
This sounded like a really cute and light story and while it did hit those marks for the most part, unfortunately there was just something missing. I felt like the story was a little drawn out and at times could be overly descriptive to the point that I got a little bored. I'm going to chalk it up to a "it's-me-not-you" thing and I think the writing just wasn't a style I enjoy all that much.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
Heather Adores Books

Featuring ~ single 3rd person POV, starting over, grief, library, books, community, small town, slow burn

This was a sad, turned nice, story following Jess as she helps bring a little library to a town that needs a pick me up. While I see the potential for this to be heartwarming, it was more heartlukewarming for me. I did enjoy the descriptiveness throughout, but it was slow moving. The cover is cute and the plot interesting. Little Libraries are very popular these days and I even have one
Apr 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. 

A really solid book. The only reason that I didn't give this 5 stars is that things started getting a wee bit repetitive regarding Jess's need to get a job and her ongoing thoughts surrounding Aiden. And I thought that some things about Jess's personality were not 100 percent consistent throughout. We know that she has a hard time maintaining friendships and getting out of her comfort zone, so it felt a
Sep 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is like a nice warm hug!
The Littlest Library follows Jess Metcalf who loses her nana, Mimi and her job as a librarian in Bourton-on-the-Marsh within months of each other. She decides to buy a cottage with a red telephone box outside in another village which she turns into a small library, using her gran's books. The reader lives in the pockets of Jess as she settles into her new home, Ivy Cottage in Middlemass in the West Country.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Littlest Library and found it very appealing. Protagonist Jess i
Sharon Orlopp
Sep 02, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
It must be me. I love books about books, libraries, librarians, etc but the pace was way too slow for me.

I was hoping there was more purposeful intention regarding the 10 boxes of books that had been saved by Jess's grandmother. I thought The Littlest Library would go into depth about why those books were chosen, other than typical popular books that the local community loved borrowing.

The very detailed descriptions about the cottage, garden, paint colors and potentially budding romance with Ai
This was an entertaining, feel-good British romance set in small town England that I had a hard time putting down! The story revolves around the lives of one community after former librarian Jess Metcalf moves into a small cottage with a defunct telephone box that she turns into a Little Free Library.

Perfect for fans of Freya Sampson's Last chance library, this book will warm your heart and make you want to install your own LFL! I loved Jess and the way she shared her love of stories with the t
Wendy W.
The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander is a sweet story of self-discovery and community spirit. I enjoyed this book very much and loved the charming village and its inhabitants.

Jess Metcalf leads a quiet peaceful life with her grandmother. When her grandmother passes away, Jess is left feeling lost and a bit lonely, but when she loses her job at the library, she decides it’s time for a change. She finds a small cottage in a small village in the English countryside. She decides to purchase the
Aug 08, 2022 rated it liked it
Jess is in the dumps having just lost her beloved grandmother AND her job as librarian when the library is closed.

Encouraged by her best (and only) friend who lives abroad she finds the courage to pack up, sell the house where she lived with her grandmother and buy a rundown cottage in a tiny village.

To her surprise the cottage includes an unused phone box on the property and after some suggestions she turns the phone box into a small library with all the books she brought with her, books
Julie - One Book More
If you are looking for a sweet and charming read that highlights the healing power of books, then you should read The Littlest Library. The story is about Jess, who moves to a new town after losing her grandmother and job in a matter of months. When she purchases a cottage, she doesn’t realize that it comes with an old and no-longer-used telephone booth, and community leaders are eager to learn her intentions for the landmark.

Since she brought a large collection of books that her grandmother lef
Simply Love Book Reviews
I’ll admit the cover and they synopsis for The Littlest Library caught my eye and from the description I could tell this book was more women’s fiction than romance, so I wasn’t too disappointed that the “romance” in this book didn’t come to fruition until the very, very end, but honestly I think the book would have been stronger if that part of the story had been left out because it was flipping frustrating.

Jess is a young 30 something woman who lived with the grandmother who raised her since ag
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely gentle book, about finding yourself, and bringing a community together.

Jess is a rather unassuming character, she is lacking in confidence, and is rather set in her ways and has what to others at least would be described as a rather small life, very few friends, doesn't do that much. Then she loses her job and her grandmother Mimi dies and she ends up taking a long drive, and finds a house in a small village she can't resist purchasing.

Which is the catalyst for everything in her life
Gigi ✨
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishing team for sharing this story with me!

Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with the writing style and this impacted any enjoyment I had of the story. For lack of better words, this was dull. I was really excited about the concept of the book because it's so wholesome and a book lover's dream but, it fell very flat.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Jul 22, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander was exactly what I hoped for, a feel-good story about friendship, community, love and books.

After Jess loses both the beloved grandmother who raised her and her job in short succession she impulsively purchases a cottage in the tiny rural hamlet of Middlemass. Ivy Cottage is a little run down but Jess sees its potential despite the bats in the attic, the overgrown garden, and the empty, urine soaked red telephone box in the front garden. Hard works soon tr
Dana Stabenow
Barbara Peters of the Poisoned Pen Bookstore calls this kind of book a "palate cleanser," something you read between crime fiction novels whose villains keep you up nights. No villains here, just a sweet summer tale of love and loss and new love not only romantic but of home and community, of friendship, of risk and reward, of a life not just lived but well lived. I slept like a baby after reading it, and I will always love the idea of the littlest library and of books as a redeeming force. ...more
What a lovely surprise this little novel turned out to be! Warm escapist fiction with enough literary references to satisfy anyone who appreciates the written word. Those who follow my blog will know that romance is not my usual genre of choice, but I found this book ticked all the boxes for me just now. It made me escape into the charming Devon village of Middlemass for a time.

Though as with most romance fiction, I knew from the onset that things would end on a positive note, the journey was an
Mar 04, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I only got a very short way into this book before being so badly turned off I quit. On the very first page, the protagonist and her bestie are celebrating protagonist's "freedom" from a decade spent "buried alive" working at a public library. Wow. Ok, so, fine, you're not happy with your workplace, fair enough. But a few pages later up pops this sentence: "Being a librarian...was no longer an option and being a librarian anywhere else was a doubtful ambition; council funding cuts and the digital ...more
Amanda M (The Curly Reader)
This was a cute little story (pun intended) in which we follow Jess who is starting over in life in a small country town. As part of her new living accommodations she has become the caretaker of an abandoned telephone box and decides to turn it into a library. While I did enjoy the focus on books throughout the story, I did feel that there were a few too many convenient plot points. One of which was the resolution to the main conflict. I definitely did a bit of eye-rolling, but I was still enter ...more
Jun 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
I loved this delightful story about a librarian who loses her job due to library closure around the same time she loses the grandmother who raised her. She goes for a ride and discovers the house of her dreams in a Devonshire village and purchases it--complete with a phone booth with a stipulation. It must be used for the community. She comes up with the idea of turning it into a library to serve the community. She sees how the books--carefully curated by her grandmother--bring the community tog ...more
Brenda Knight
Jul 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book from a Goodread's, firstreads giveaway. I absolutely loved this book and did not want to put it down for any reason. I practically read it straight through. Great read. ...more
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Jul 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 18, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander is a delightful read for anyone who loves small villages and poetic, romantic stories. After the death of her grandmother, the main character moves to a small village in England and finds herself becoming alive and whole again. I loved the character of Mimi (the grandmother), I’ve never loved a dead character so much. The writing is beautiful and poetic, and the story is charming and wholesome. This would be a great book to read on a cold winter night by t ...more
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