Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ARC Review: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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.

Jewel's rating:

So, I have this thing, where I think that men who are intelligent and are readers are supremely hot. I can't help it, and I really don't want to, anyway. Reading is sexy, after all. And Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles was exactly what I needed this week.

When I was growing up, I loved going to the library. The smell of books, the card catalog, the quiet. Though I never got quite as lucky in the stacks as a certain couple, I just loved everything about the library.

Toby Kincaid has been the junior librarian for Sandy Lake Library for a couple years now. He has a boyfriend, who, frankly, is a douche-nozzle, but we won't talk about him too much. Toby comes to his senses, anyway, and puts his attentions somewhere infinitely more worthy. Toby is kind and caring and when Mr. Miggles needs his help, Toby does not hesitate to step in.

Sean Miggles came back to Sandy Lake in 2010 and has been Head Librarian since then. He is a man with a damaged spirit. But he's got so much love inside him, and he quietly just makes the world a better place, so even though he appears a bit formal, you know he's just a big softie. Events of his past may have left him grieving, but he's not as broken as he thinks.

Both Toby and Sean grew up in Sandy Lake and after time away for college or life, they both made their way back home. Sandy Lake is family and friends and community, and though I sure don't know what that must be like in reality, I certainly like the fantasy.

Everyone needs to know they have people that care for them, that will stand by them or stand up for them. I think recent events have shown this to be very true. And this story is sweet, and happy and adorkable that I could not help but fall in love. Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles is about community and family and having a place where you know people have your back.

Read this for the Christmas Spirit. Read it for the Library. Read it to fall in love again.


ARC of Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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