Thursday, September 16, 2021

Review: The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

The Last Chance Library
by Freya Sampson

Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  June Jones emerges from her shell to fight for her beloved local library, and through the efforts and support of an eclectic group of library patrons, she discovers life-changing friendships along the way.

Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.

Joining a band of eccentric yet dedicated locals in a campaign to keep the library, June opens herself up to other people for the first time since her mother died. It just so happens that her old school friend Alex Chen is back in town and willing to lend a helping hand. The kindhearted lawyer's feelings for her are obvious to everyone but June, who won't believe that anyone could ever care for her in that way.

To save the place and the books that mean so much to her, June must finally make some changes to her life. For once, she's determined not to go down without a fight. And maybe, in fighting for her cherished library, June can save herself, too.

Kritters Thoughts:  June Jones returned to her home town to help take care of her mother as she was dealing with a medical hurdle, and when she died June Jones stayed and maybe was a little stuck in one place.  And June Jone had been living that life until the town council announces their intentions to close the library she works at and her and the regular patrons are going to fight hard to stop them.  

A fun cast of characters and a reminder to book lovers of the importance of a library for the community no matter if you, yourself visit it or not.  I loved how the author painted such a fun cast of characters who visit the library and are thankful to have a place that can meet their needs - no matter what they are!  It was so heartwarming to see these people through June Jones' eyes as she appreciated each of her patrons.  

While there were for sure parts of the book that were predictable, it didn't take away from the heart of the story.  I may have called a few of the plot points before they occurred, but it didn't ruin things for me.  I would recommend this sweet book to any reader who loves a love letter to reading and readers.   

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 111 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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