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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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    Sara USA 06-26-14
    Sara USA 06-26-14

    No plot spoilers

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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.

    15 of 15 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 08-29-14
    Claudine 08-29-14 Member Since 2001
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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 Member Since 2010
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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 2005
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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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    susan West Chester, OH, United States 11-12-14
    susan West Chester, OH, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not very original-too much like 'Christy'"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I always enjoy listening to Lynn Austins books but this story line was just too much like Catherine Marshall's 'Christy' written over 50 years ago. 'Christy' is better because it is based on the life of Catherine's mother when she went into the Appalachian mountains to teach during the depression as a young woman of 18


    Has Wonderland Creek turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't recently listened to 'Christy' because it has been years since I've read the book and probably wouldn't have recognized so many similarities.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to her before and she has grown on me. I think she does a great job performing Lynn Austin's books and would be hesitant to buy and of Austin's books if she wasn't narrating it.


    Could you see Wonderland Creek being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Ummmm-it kinda has been made into a series (Christy) and I believe Kelly Martin was Christy and would do a fine job as Alice Ann.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the character of Lily to be annoying. She was a preachy and manipulative old woman who had an answer and Bible lesson ready for every question asked to her. She and God were so close she knew when it was in his will to lie, misrepresent the truth and judge people! (she warned Allie about Maggie right after the two had met-but later seemed to understand her pain and lack of faith) she was just TOO perfect and sinless. It just bugs me when any character, especially an older one, knows everything and has the correct answer for every situation and every situation turns out exactly as predicted. I won't give examples because that would spoil the book for some people and they might not see her as I do- she just got on my nerves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-01-14
    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining beginnings of a young woman life."
    What did you love best about Wonderland Creek?

    This endearing story had it all, intrigue, suspense, humour, friendship and love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although very entertaining, this story represented compassion at it's best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mac almost got shot for the second time. And of course Alice and the wild cat.


    If you could rename Wonderland Creek, what would you call it?

    New Awakenings.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended book. I will be listening to this one again..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-24-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 07-24-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Story of Contrasts During the Great Depression"

    Wonderland Creek is an amazingly truthful look at Christianity and humanity. I enjoyed it from the beginning, identifying with Alice Grace Ripley's love of books and libraries. I remember carrying home 8 to 10 books a week from our school library when I was in middle school and escaping into them, one at a time. I also understood the order and peace of working in a library, since I volunteered in the school library, getting first pick over all the new and returned books. I had to laugh at Alice's unrealistic view of life and love when her first romance turned south, and her boyfriend "dumps" her for reading a book at a funeral. An over protected youngest child of a minister and his very straight laced wife, Alice found safety in reading, and was very much the center of her own universe. Sweet and innocent and unbeknownst to her, of course. Life cannot be learned from a book. Her journey to the rural Kentucky to deliver donated books to their tiny library is the BEGINNING of life for Alice, of finding out who God really is, and of seeing His hand at work. In a place where there's no indoor plumbing, no electricity, no telephones, no niceties, only reality . . . and the quiet of the creek, the birds, and having no choice but to help others, Alice is renewed . . . and she hears from God.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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