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As the flowers bloom and the days grow longer, spring offers the perfect backdrop for diving into a fresh pile of books. Bladen County Library Director Sheila Nance has curated a list of must-reads that promise to enchant, entertain, and provoke thought as the season unfolds. From heartwarming tales to gripping narratives, this selection is composed to accompany you through the new spring season.

Must Love Flowers by Debbie MacomberSummary

Joan Sample is not living the life she expected. Now a widow and an empty nester, she has become something of a recluse by her own admission. But after another birthday alone, she is finally inclined to listen to her sister, who has been begging Joan to reengage with the world.

Sugar and Salt by Susan WiggsSummary

Sugar and Salt is a raw, compelling tale that takes you on a journey into the life of Margot Salton as she struggles to juggle a new rewarding endeavor, a handsome, kindhearted man whom she’s wary of loving and a devastating past littered with injustice, violence, and heartbreak.

Hello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanoSummary

“Hello Beautiful” is Ann Napolitano’s exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little WomenHello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are but because of it.

The Five-Star Weekend by Elin HilderbrandSummary

After tragedy strikes, food blogger Hollis Shaw gathers four friends from different stages in her life to spend an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket. Hollis Shaw’s life seems picture-perfect.

When the Rain Ends by Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen Taylor’s “When the Rain Ends” is a touching tale of resilience, mystery, and the ties that bind us. As mother and daughter navigate the fiercest storm of their lives, they learn that instead of waiting for the skies to clear, they can withstand the wind and rain, so long as they do it together.

As the season changes, these books offer the perfect companions for your spring adventures, whether you’re lounging in the garden, soaking up the sun at the park, or curled up at home during a spring shower. Sheila Nance and the Bladen County Library invite you to explore these stories and find your next favorite read.

Visit the library and enjoy a range of free services! With a library card, you can borrow books, use computers, access free wifi, print documents, participate in programs for both kids and adults and explore electronic resources like ebooks and audiobooks. Discover all the offerings at Bladen County Library on their website: https://bladenco.libguides.com/home. Find local libraries at these locations:

  • 313 South Main Street Bladenboro, North Carolina
  • 10413 N. College Street in Clarkton, North Carolina
  • 111 N Cypress Street in Elizabethtown, North Carolina


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