The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander

Today I’m sharing a mini review for The Littlest Library. Thank you to Orion Books for a digital proof copy to read and review via NetGalley. This novel will be published in the UK later this week.


It’s only the beginning of her story…

Jess Metcalf is perfectly happy with her quiet, predictable life – it’s just the way she likes it. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, her life is turned upside-down.

Packing up her grandmother’s books, she moves to a tiny cottage in a charming country village. To her surprise, Jess finds herself the owner of an old red telephone box, too – and she soon turns it into the littlest library around!

It’s not long before the books are borrowed and begin to work their magic – somehow, they seem to be bringing the villagers together once more…

Maybe it’s finally time for Jess to follow her heart and find a place to call home?

My thoughts:

Jess is a quiet soul who suddenly finds herself moving away from her home town of 30 years to a pretty village in Devon to settle into a house she bought on a sudden whim. As she settles into her new home, she discovers she is responsible for the red telephone box at the front of her property. I enjoyed how the love of books Jess and her grandmother enjoyed is woven into the story, there is a mini book club within the story.

Happy to recommend this book, it includes a great mix of local characters, books, romance and a timely reminder that community spirit is important to the mental health of residents, even in a pretty village. A lovely escape from Lockdown.

Author Bio:

Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up writing instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets. 

Poppy’s first book – 25 Days ‘Til Christmas – has been translated into several languages.

She is generally lurking on social media so search for PoppyAlexanderBooks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard.

By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum of teenagers. Adopter of dogs.


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