The Last Chance Library by Freya Simpson

Pages: 336

Publisher: Berkley

Published: August 31, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardcover Public Library Book

Available Formats: Digital, Audio, Hardcover, and Paperback

My Review: Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book but a few things irked me. The biggest was that it was portrayed that it is not OK to be happy to come home to a quiet house and enjoy your books away from people. It is perfectly OK for some as they need that time to decompress. Yes, human interaction is needed but us introverts enjoy that quiet time. June got her interaction by working in the library.

My favorite was the portrayal of a library as a basic need in our community. How true this is. Libraries are much more than just books. If you don’t agree I challenge you to go to one in any city and see the life being experienced. Free classes, job interviews, GED classes, computer usage, and a place for someone to feel safe for a few hours.

This book shows us community at its best and worst but it shows how if we work toward a common goal we can achieve anything.

A good read for booklovers.

From 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.

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