Wonderland Creek

Wonderland Creek

eBook - 2011
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Happily-ever-after librarian Alice Ripley unexpectedly finds herself in a real-life adventure filled with mystery and romance in the 1930's as she serves rural communities.
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

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RosaReads2
Dec 20, 2020

4.25 Stars
I really enjoy Depression Era historical fiction and interestingly, this is the second or third book I’ve read this year that focuses heavily on the Roosevelt Pack Horse Library Project. Albeit, this book was published in 2011 versus more recent releases.

Wonderland Creek is a women’s fiction type historical about a young woman leaving the confines of her protected city life and venturing out into the simple (in respect to modern conveniences) life of Appalachia to deliver books to the newly structured WPA. She then gets pulled into the lives and antics of it’s residents. Most prominently into the lives of Miss Lillie and Mack (the librarian.) Even though she’s the daughter of a minister, it’s Miss Lillie’s spiritual wisdom that truly impacts Alice’s self-centered personality and it's Mack who gets her to embrace adventure.

This book is full of surprising and fun characters along with story depth and a light and sweet romance. 100 year old Miss Lillie has the realistic attitude of a woman who’s seen it all and knows better than most. Alice was hard to swallow at first, but I believe she was realistically portrayed as a young sheltered 20-something who hasn’t worried for nothing. While holding onto some of her feisty and nosy ways, her indoctrination into Appalachian life realistically changed her focus on self. Overall, a very entertaining story with many nuggets of wisdom that I found myself pondering long after I closed the book.

IndyPL_KateF Feb 14, 2020

I enjoyed this book quite a bit-- my mother recommended it to be because it is based on the area where her family is from, so that really added to the reading. This book introduces readers to a bit of history that is not well known-- the pack horse librarians of Kentucky who delivered books to the community. I really enjoyed how it uniquely showcased some of the services librarians are passionate about-- providing access to books and information, promoting literacy and learning for all ages, being a strong presence within the community, developing strong relationships with library patrons, to name a few. This was my first Lynn Austin read, and I wasn't disappointed.

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Reads_A_Lot
May 02, 2016

My mother enjoyed this book so much she brought it to my house and told me I must read it. I think the main character's love of books reminded her of me. I had never heard of packhorse librarians before. Working with horses and books - I think I would have liked that. This was a cute story, but sophomoric and very predictable. Dragged a little longer than needed: She wants to leave Kentucky, she can't leave Kentucky, she goes off to deliver some more books - rinse and repeat. OK if you are looking for something light to read and if you like Christian fiction.

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vivi_pie365
Jun 22, 2015

loved this book! i have to admit, when i first read it, the main character's personality annoyed me quite a bit. But i became quite attached to all the characters by the end of the book!

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1jeneane
Jan 22, 2015

Not only was this book well written but it had a lot of humor also! I loved it! It ended just the way I had hoped.

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hildesanders
Jul 29, 2014

Great book! Lynn Austin is my favorite author now! Can't get enough of her!

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whisperjo
Jan 30, 2013

Love this novel! This would be my favorite!

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sbeges
Jun 28, 2012

I loved this book and enjoy reading anything written by Lynn Austin. This is a winner!

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