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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the best book I have read (listen to) for a long time. It really touches the heart.
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.
An intriguing, heart warming, page turner
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.
I like the way Kate Forbes used different voice inflection for different characters.
The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the mountain.
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.
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.
My husband and I listened to this book together. We LOVED it! It was a great story and narrated very well.
We need more CLEAN and entertaining books like this!
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!
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...
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...
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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