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Review - The Little Library By Kim Fielding

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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.






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4.5*


The Little Library is such a great metaphor for Elliot's life. 



Stuck in his "snail" shell, his brother encourages him to get rid of some of his hoards of books and try to live a little. After escaping a scandal Elliot got wrapped up in by extension of his ex, he tucks tail in his home town. He doesn't do much except read, run, and teach online courses. 



So after some talks with his brother, they decide to build him a Little Library. If you're not from a place that has these, a little library looks like a little house and has a door with a window. The house sits on top of a post and you set it up outside of your home, (not unlike a bird house) maybe the end of the walk way or bottom of the stairs. Inside there are shelves for your books. It's an honor system.Those who take a book replace it with one of their own and so on. 



After building the house Elliot keeps track of the comings and goings of the books. Then decides to set up his work space in the front window so he can see. He's greeted with smiling faces of his neighbors. He even gets a visit from a little girl and her mother, asking if they can do children's books, etc... 

So something he has done to unclutter his life is now bringing in people and it's becoming a community thing. It even brings in the one guy he's most interested in is Simon, ex-cop, who he originally meets in one of his runs. 



These two are so sweet. Though Simon hasn't come out to his parents yet, it actually takes them on some pretty interesting dates. They kind of have a "date-off" in the beginning to see who can top the last. It's all very light and sweet.




Then something bad happens to Elliot's library and some things kind of topple in his life and he's trying to sort it all out, but that community in which he unwittingly created comes through for him, and Simon, and in the end everything ends up bigger and more colorful.



This truly is a sweet and fluffy story that's pretty low on drama. Just a feel good book. Now that I've finished I am writing this with a smile on my face.... and a hankering for getting my own library And a snuggle from my dog, Ecko Super Duper Dog :) 

*inserts cute Ecko pictures, because reasons*












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