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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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    Paul 03-29-15
    Paul 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Most exciting book."

    I love this book and have listen to it many times. Maybee it is because it seems like me in younger years.

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    Rustin 02-19-15
    Rustin 02-19-15
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    "Really good story!"

    This was another great story by Lynn Austin. She is one of my favorite authors. Very heartwarming! Would definitely recommend!

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-10-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-10-14
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    "A quirky, fun read"
    Where does Wonderland Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than most, because it IS Lynn Austin. It's quirky and lighthearted like "A Proper Pursuit", but doesn't handle the many issues with such grace...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. It was quite amusing having a protagonist talk about the unbelievability of a life situation that wouldn't have been believable in a book...


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a welcome addition to Austin's collection of well-done inspirational novels.
    I am normally not a big kate Forbes fan, but her voice is actually well-suited to this one.

    This is not Austin's best book, but is well worth the light read.

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    susan 11-12-14
    susan 11-12-14
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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.

    1 of 2 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 2014
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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 2013

    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.

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    Deborah K. Fite 04-15-14
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    "Good Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonderland Creek to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print but the audio was great!


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

    There were many memorable moments! This girl certainly changed from a selfish self absorbed girl to a loving caring sweetheart! Many adventures and things to keep you interested and wanting to jump in and lend a hand! Many characters and many heartbreaks and many kindnesses, stubbornness, mysteries... IT HAS IT ALL. You will be confused and pleasantly surprised! Awesome job on making each character interesting and gave me the info and facts on each one, which to me, makes you really get more into the story.


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Mrs. Kate Forbes did a superb job on the performance of this book! The characters in the story were preformed as well as they were written.


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    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read!"

    Very unusual story that kept me interested throughout the book! It contained mystery, suspense, and romance set in a background of depression-era struggles. I highly recommend it!

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    Tanya Gunter, TX, United States 05-04-13
    Tanya Gunter, TX, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2002

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    "Very entertaining."

    I really liked the tranformation of Alice.
    I think the story really made the plight of the mountain people during the depression come alive.

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    Carla 03-26-13
    Carla 03-26-13
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    "One of my Favorites"

    Kept me on the edge of my seat at times. Beautiful story, great narration, very entertaining...didn't want it to end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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