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Wonderland Creek | [Lynn Austin]

Wonderland Creek

Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.
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Publisher's Summary

Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

©2011 Lynn Austin (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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    An Avid Reader 06-26-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"

    This is a different sort of Lynn Austin book than the others I have read. It clearly fits into the "inspirational" category with many references to prayer, God, and faith. It is a very long story (over 15 hours) that plods forward as a shallow, over protected outsider makes a new life for herself during a visit to poverty stricken rural Kentucky. The story is not a neat and tidy one. There are many loose ends and miraculous twists and turns. I enjoyed the book very much over all. I thought Kate Forbes did a great job narrating the different voices. At times I thought the book rambled on a bit too long-- but at the same time I kept on listening with great interest. It was a positive story and worth a listen.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Millie 05-01-12
    Millie 05-01-12
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    "Great!"

    Lynn Austin did it again. I love reading her books because she does such a great job of researching her material. Her stories inspire me to review different parts of my faith and to grow. I also feel like I have received a valuable history lesson when I read one. I probably would never have heard of the depression-era traveling library services in Kentucky if I hadn't read this book. Kate Forbes did an excellent job of making the characters come to life.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 08-29-14
    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 08-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I Loved This Book!"
    Where does Wonderland Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have read (listen to) for a long time. It really touches the heart.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good story, you will like this book. If you like inspirational stories, you will like this book. And, if you like a story with believable characters, you will like this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    franki bakersfield, CA, United States 04-29-12
    franki bakersfield, CA, United States 04-29-12
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    "Should be called Wonderful Creek!"
    If you could sum up Wonderland Creek in three words, what would they be?

    An intriguing, heart warming, page turner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonderland Creek?

    I believe the most memorable moments occur between Ally and Lilly. Lilly's insights and verbage are often touching and inspirational as well as practical and even humorous. I found myself wondering what she was going to say next. Her back story, once revealed, was filled with faith and hope and to me quite compelling.

    (My mother's opinion.)

    In my opinion the most memorable moments were when Ally found herself thrust into a different world. From finding herself having to be more domesticated than she was accustomed to, to dealing with the outdoor life out of a Kentucky backwoods woman, she tackled it with defiance, determination and courage. She was a character not soon to be forgotten.


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    I like the way Kate Forbes used different voice inflection for different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the mountain.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book, to anyone. I love the writing of Lynn Austin. She has just the right combination of humor and drama.

    (My Mother's opinion)
    READ THIS BOOK!! You will be glad you did.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    ruth 06-22-14
    ruth 06-22-14
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    "A Matter of Taste"

    Lynn Austin has always been a 5-star read/listen for me. If this had been my first experience with her work, and had it not been for an Amazon reviewer who encouraged readers to stick with this slow-starter, I would have given up listening.

    As the story begins, the primary character , as one other reviewer put it, comes across "cliched." While some readers found the story amusing, I found it irritating. It wasn't until several hours in that I became at all engaged.

    I remain a loyal reader/listener of Lynn Austin, but this one was just OK for me. I suspect it was intended to be humorous in some respects, but the humor was not to my taste.

    If this is your first Lynn Austin, try some of her other titles. She truly is a master of her craft, whether or not this one hit the spot for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 09-22-12
    Andrew 09-22-12
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    "Excellent book!"
    Would you listen to Wonderland Creek again? Why?

    My husband and I listened to this book together. We LOVED it! It was a great story and narrated very well.


    Any additional comments?

    We need more CLEAN and entertaining books like this!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful! Didn't want it to end!!"

    Lynn Austin has done it again. She has to be one of the greatest Christian author of our time. She makes her stories seem true and this book is no exception. I truly did not want this book to end. I hope there will be a sequel to Wonderland Creek. The characters are amazing!

    Can you tell? I loved this book!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Edwina J. Henry Terrell, TX USA 05-28-15
    Edwina J. Henry Terrell, TX USA 05-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Exceptional!"

    I loved this book. Very different story. Not predictable. Rich and wholesome. A "feel good" treat.

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    Nancy Monteyro Maine 05-25-15
    Nancy Monteyro Maine 05-25-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wait for it!"

    This book started out very slowly. If it were handy, I would have put it down and started another....but... The naïveté of the main character becomes the source of many lessons and rich history lessons further in. Lily's life lessons and an exciting plot quickly became a story to rival others in its genre. Just wait for it! It is worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Pender Oakville Ontario Canada 04-17-15
    Bob Pender Oakville Ontario Canada 04-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Vivid characters"

    Wonderful characters and an uplifting story. A coming of age story transforming the heroin from a passive limp nobody to a vibrant exciting somebody

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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