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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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    Amazon Customer United States 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is both enjoyable and annoying at times"
    Would you try another book from Lynn Austin and/or Kate Forbes?

    I don't think I would - the characters felt fairly 3 dimensional but the circumstances were so implausible at times - like what aunt and uncle would leave their young, impressionable and naive, unmarried niece at a home of complete strangers whom they don't even both getting out of the car to meet before speeding off?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listened to "A Crocodile in the Sand", and really loved it


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

    no, but I thought she read this story quite well


    Did Wonderland Creek inspire you to do anything?

    no, the story's implausibility was a barrier for me


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice story, interesting mystery...if you can get past the scenerio that has this young woman staying with complete strangers.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 08-23-12
    Linda 08-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A delightful surprise"

    This was my first Lynn Austin book so I had no idea what to expect. Ms. Austin is a very good writer, weaving gospel into a very fun and adventurous story. The main character was so annoying at first but as she learned more about life, God and herself she began to change. Two cautions, first the ending seemed very rushed to me and left me with some unanswered questions, definitely wanted more. Secondly, I would have loved to see more development with the romance. If you like Christian novels and a fun story that keeps you wanting more I would recommend this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 07-30-12
    Susan 07-30-12
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    "Captivating, touching, spiritually moving!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Wonderland Creek the most enjoyable?

    A person's journey and a person's spiritual walk can be guided by the most unlikely of circumstances and people!!


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

    Finding out who actually shot Wonderland Creek's librarian!


    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes!! Making the characters so colorful and real!!


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julia EASLEY, SC, United States 07-24-12
    Julia EASLEY, SC, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartwarming Story!"

    Wonderland Creek was a heartwarming story well written and narrated. The characters were believable and the story was interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to a "feel good" story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 06-21-12
    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 06-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun & Poignant & Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just an absolutely charming story and not fluff. The good core richness of life, learning, love and faith. Endurance and coming to live beyond oneself. Marvelous. Loved it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Vista, CA, United States 04-05-12
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    "Great Narration, So-So Book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character got on my nerves. The beginning of the storyline called for her to be naive, spoiled, and to have an attitude of entitlement, but I thought that was so she could have a revelation about how spoiled she was and wake up to the real world. It never happened. She whined about how hard everything was, how she didn't want to work, and how she


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet. Maybe a book I never bothered to read in high school that actually sounds interesing now :)


    What about Kate Forbes’s performance did you like?

    She has a clear, strong voice that captures ever the subtlest of emotions. I will definitly listen to another book read by Kate!


    Did Wonderland Creek inspire you to do anything?

    Read more historical fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Enjoyable story."
    Any additional comments?

    Althought not her best novel, I enjoyed the storyline and the characters and I would recommend this to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-05-12
    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story"

    I loved the insight into the Kentucky mountain culture through the eyes of an outsider. Great Story and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NIcole Chelmsford, United Kingdom 07-16-14
    NIcole Chelmsford, United Kingdom 07-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "As you can see from the stars - I loved this book"
    Would you listen to Wonderland Creek again? Why?

    It was fun, different, simple and complicated at the same time. The writer evoked wonderful images in my mind. I would happily return to the time and place where the story was set.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved everyone - that sounds like a lazy response. But I mean it - each character had their own quirks and foibles - keeping them real while the escapades were so fanciful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again hard to pick - what would I do if a gun was pointed at me? But alone in the wilderness at night - holy c....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was too much to take in all at once - but I did have three sleepless nights in a row not wanting to wait to listen to what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not been asked this review if this book should be a film - I really hope it is - and very soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 09-01-13
    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2014

    Christian Wife and Mother

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    "Another great book by Lynn Austin"

    It was a slow start and I did get a tiny bit tripped up by some of the details. It seemed like a long wait for her "scripture nuggets (insights - biblical wisdom)" that I appreciate so much but they were worth the wait. Overall very good. she always leaves me with some things to think about. I like that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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