Monday, March 26, 2018

Release Day Review: The Little Library by Kim Fielding

the little libraryTitle ~ The Little Library

Author ~ Kim Fielding

Published ~ 26th March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





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.


Jay’s Review

Will an addiction to books find a cure in love?

One small step can lead to amazing things. Elliot has escaped to his hometown to recover from a bad breakup that included a scandal at the college campus where he was teaching. To help ease his pain, he begins to almost obsessively buy books online, which leads to a house filled with books. He’s running out of space to put them all and he’s realizing he has an issue. After a time, he remembers a trip where he saw a little lending library in the front of a house and he decides to build one, even with the threat of a neighbor who seems have a penchant for causing trouble when the slightest item in the neighborhood is not to regulation.

The little library, where anyone can take a book and leave another, slowly brings people from the area to visit, including Simon, an ex cop who is recovering from a shot to his knee and takes walks with his cane in the area to help with his recovery. Elliot encounters Simon several times on his daily runs, but when he discovers Simon’s choice of books taken from the library, that’s when he starts to intrigue Elliot, spurring them to start having longer conversations.

Simon is not out to his family and Elliot must decide if he can really spend time with someone who is keeping their relationship secret, with parallels to his past disastrous relationship. Elliot is still trying to recover from his university scandal and now teaching online courses. He’s also pursuing a tenure track position at any university that is interested and he is willing to move there to continue his professional life, much to Simon’s concern on the direction of their blossoming relationship. Both must deal with their insecurities and issues to move forward as a couple.

Can they overcome these obstacles?  Can they deal with the fallout of the changing aspects of their lives? What other wonders will the little library bring?

Sometimes you come across a book that just gives you the warm fuzzies and this one fits the bill. I generally tear through books pretty quickly but I languished and spaced out my sessions of reading to prolong the pleasure of being in their world. The realism that is portrayed feels grounded as the two main characters grow, trying to find their place in the world: one recovering from an embarrassing break up and the other coming to outward terms of his sexuality.

Not only does Fielding write wonderful, rounded characters, but she has a knack for beautiful writing about areas, especially Central California. You really get the feeling you are there in her descriptions and she leads the reader to want to visit the same places the characters explore on dates. The locations become a great impetus for the couple to find out more about each other and grow together. There are obstacles thrown in their way as they try to figure out what will make them better people but, as their journeys collide, it is enjoyable to read how they jockey to find where they fit together and how they can tackle the world.

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