The Last Chance Library

Berkley. Aug. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593201381. pap. $16. F
DEBUT Introvert June Jones put her dreams of going to university and becoming an author on hold when her mother fell ill. After her mother died, June never left the little British village where she grew up, instead spending her days working as an assistant in the local library and her free time reading at home alone. But when the library is at risk of being closed, she finds herself teaming up with its quirky regular patrons to fight to keep it open. At the same time, June is fighting to come out of her shell and live the life her mother wanted for her—a happy life of education, travel, and romance. Sampson’s winning debut adorably illustrates how a library can be much more than a place where people borrow books. Readers will have all the feels as they root for June, learn what the library means to the village’s residents, and see how crucial libraries are to communities.
VERDICT Fans of libraries and heartfelt, humorous women’s fiction with a powerful message and a hint of romance won’t want to miss this one! It’s so good that readers may very well devour it in one sitting.
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