Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Last Chance Library’.

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I have been trying to spend less time on my phone (and on social media), which usually means more reading!

I am also trying to read books that are already on my bookshelf — I have so many I haven’t read — and skip the bookstore (and even the library, too).

I was excited when I saw “The Last Chance Library” by Freya Sampson on my shelf.

I got it from an indie bookstore in Georgia during the lockdown. I bought myself a subscription that would mail me a surprise book each month, based on my reading goals.

This book was selected as a “sensitive reader” title, and I’ve really come to appreciate those books. They’re sort of like Hallmark movies, but in book form.

Anyway, this is the story of a librarian in a small English village named June.

After the death of her mom, June mostly keeps to herself. She enjoys the company of her cat and her books at home, although she has grown to love the regulars at the library.

But it isn’t long before the city council says they’re selling off six public properties to a restaurant chain.

Despite her fear of public speaking, along with a bit of social anxiety, June joins forces with members of her community in attempts to save the library.

There’s a light b-plot that includes an innocent romance, but there’s another deeper story about a particular member of the library.

I really loved this book. It was nothing earth-shattering in terms of story, but I loved imagining June’s little life and all the people trying to keep the library.

It has such a unique and happy ending that made me so happy I read it.

If you’re a book lover, you’ll enjoy this one!

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