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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Have not read the print but the audio was great!
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.
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.
Christian Wife and Mother
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.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
I loved this book!!! It is a incredible combination of history, romance, mystery and Christian values. Lynn Austin is a very talented author, who does an excellent job of character development. I highly reccomend this book, and I plan to listen to more of her stories. Jennifer
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