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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.
Yeah, I am not a happy elf overall with this story. I’m in the Holiday mood for huge amounts of fluff, and I just grabbed this story because it was by Eli Easton. Didn’t read the blurb, but the author’s previous works speaks to my faithfulness to her. This wasn’t bad, but it was darker then I want for a holiday story. Also the main characters didn’t spend enough time together in my opinion. I would have really liked this as a dual point of view story.
Toby is a junior librarian in his home town. I do love the setting of the story. I’m a fan of libraries and this one and its wacky cute cast of characters didn’t disappoint. Toby is slightly enamored with his boss Mr. Miggles. He doesn’t seem to know to much about the man, except that he’s maybe in his 30’s, loves dressing up as the a “Boss figure”, knows a lot about books, has a quirky humor about himself, and he’s caught Toby’s eye. Toby is in a dead-end relationship. I think he hasn’t been in love with his boyfriend for a while. It stopped being a relationship and more a one stop shop of sorts. We get to see Toby go through a range of emotions and feelings for Mr. Miggles from start to end. I really did like Sean. I did understand why he was so adamant to be by himself, and be to himself. He’s still reeling from events in his past. I really would have liked to see the connection between Toby & Sean grow. I wanted more emotion and passion from these two.
I got the gist of the mystery, but I honestly didn’t want it. It was a tad to slow for my liking. More then half of the story was around Toby talking to people and helping Sean. I wanted a happy-fest, with fluff and passion. I wanted to be left feeling with marshmallow fluff, and unfortunately I didn’t. This is all on me, and others might enjoy the story. I did like that this story showed people loving each other through the worst of times and at the happiest of times. The community of Sandy Lake rallied around these two.