We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (185 )
5 star
 (98)
4 star
 (60)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.4 (163 )
5 star
 (91)
4 star
 (48)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.4 (164 )
5 star
 (93)
4 star
 (51)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sara USA 06-26-14
    Sara USA 06-26-14 Member Since 2008

    I work to keep my reviews free of plot spoilers. I hate reviews that tell you the whole story. That said, I do love reading reviews!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    840
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    102
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Millie Cape Cod 05-01-12
    Millie Cape Cod 05-01-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    70
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    19
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    franki bakersfield, CA, United States 04-29-12
    franki bakersfield, CA, United States 04-29-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 03-13-12
    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    70
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    203
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Andrew Calhoun Falls, SC, United States 09-22-12
    Andrew Calhoun Falls, SC, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    34
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-01-14
    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    92
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    170
    169
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    ruth anna, TX, United States 06-22-14
    ruth anna, TX, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah K. Fite 04-15-14 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 24 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.