Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
This was a feel good holiday story. The story is told from Toby’s point of view as he slowly learns his co-worker is a really great guy that does a lot for their small town. After a crisis in which something bad happens to Sean, Toby steps up and tries to set things right. And he enlists an assorted group of people he’s met through the library. It’s that traditional holiday story where in the end everyone comes together to right the wrongs. It’s one of those stories that helps you remember there are still a lot of good people in the world and it melts your heart just a bit. I really enjoyed this part of the book.
My only complaint was the relationship between Toby and Sean. Most of the book we’re told that Toby doesn’t know any side of Sean except his work side but then next thing you know they’re in love. There isn’t any relationship building at all. I think if this not been a Christmas story I would have been more bothered by this. As it was, I just chalked it all up to the magic of Christmas and went with it.
This was narrated by Tristan Wright and I thought he did a good job. I don’t think I’ve heard this narrator before. He did a good job on both of the main characters and I never had a difficult time telling them apart. He also did a good job on most of the side characters (and there were a lot of them). There were a few women’s voices that didn’t work for me but they were not a huge part of the story so it wasn’t a problem.
I thought this was a well done and entertaining audiobook and a good addition to the holiday story genre.
Cover: I like the cover. It is simple but catches your eye right away. (Probably because the model is so attractive.)
Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
Published December 16th 2016 by Pinkerton Road (first published November 23rd 2016)