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The Book Woman's Daughter

By: Kim Michele Richardson
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
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Revisit the packhorse librarians of Kentucky with this stunning companion to the New York Times best seller The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way.

If Honey wants to bring the freedom that books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.

©2022 Kim Michele Richardson (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

Dear Listener,

Why did I decide to return to Troublesome Creek?
"I actually had no intention of returning to Troublesome Creek, or for that matter ever writing again after my husband and I suffered through The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek's tumultuous journey. I spent more than five years and 14- to 16-hour days writing that story, and while doing research I was seriously injured and my husband almost died. There were too many sacrifices and losses stacking up, so I made the heartbreaking decision that my writing journey had ended. After publication, I began receiving hundreds of letters from all over the world—letters from folks of all ages, from churches of every denomination, schools and universities and more, pleading for me to continue the family's journey. Two women even wrote how they had been so inspired by the story that they started bookmobiles in underserved areas at the height of the pandemic. One day, after months of receiving these moving notes, my husband came into my office with tears in his eyes and said, 'You must write the stories to honor your Kentucky people. Lift up other women.' I then began to realize it could be a healthy way for me to climb out of the personal grief I'd been wading through, and to do just that: celebrate and pay tribute to brave women." – Kim Michele Richardson, writer of The Book Woman's Daughter

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Good read!

The narrator has a nice even tone, is very consistent, and reads in a way that clearly indicates who's speaking without employing bad, over-the-top accents or voices.
My childhood love of Christy may account for my fondness for Appalachian stories, and I've read several lately. This was among the more enjoyable. Historical facts are usually offered without haughty modern judgements, and the overall story presented with a blessedly refreshing lack of the political overtones that are nearly inescapable in 2022 American culture/entertainment.
It doesn't rise to the level of my favorites, but I read a lot and am a snob. It's an interesting story that is well-told, pleasantly narrated, and worth a read!

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Excellent Sequel

I truly loved The BookWoman of Troublesome Creek and recomnended it to friends and family. when I heard a sequel was coming out I snatched it up immediatley. It is very well done and enjoyable. I am a seamstress and have to sit for hours sewing, so listening to books, and especially Kim's while away the time very enjoyable. I have listened to all Kim Michelle Richardson's books, and truly enjoyed them all.
I highly recommend them. Thank you.

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Wonderfully written.

This book took me away to another place and time just as her mother did in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. A must read.

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Another excellent book by this author!

In the epilogue of this book, Kim Richardson describes the historical truths behind the Book woman’s novels. She also discloses her own history living in such extreme poverty, and then in a cruel orphanage. Her biography “The Unbreakable Child” is free for Kindle Unlimited, and will be my next read.

It always amazes me and I am inspired by people who somehow overcome such terrible obstacles to a successful life.
An enjoyable and meaningful book!

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simply perfect

The first book was the first I'd ever heard of the blues of Kentucky. It inspired hours of research. I have enjoyed the characters, rich description, and dialogue that have transported me to another time and place. The narrator is perfect! Such engaging conflicts, and the history shared is done so with such respect and care by the author, without it feeling preachy or soapbox-y. I really recommend this book and its predecessor.

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Honoring the strength of females

It is with pride that as an older woman I have the privilege to read about how history reveals how very important women have been to shape many persons lives. I loved the courage shown by the main character,Honey, I loved the devotion of the family mule, Junior. The author’s pride in her state of Kentucky. Learning more about these hard working coal miners was heart warming.

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Waiting for the movie!

totally enjoyed this book! almost as much as the first one! great read for everyone!

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From a book reader

An absolutely wonderful read about courage, faith and one girl's fight for her freedom. Highly recommend.

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Disappointed

Not nearly as good as Book Woman. I kept waiting for it to pick up but it never did.

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Good book about an interesting time in history

this is the 2nd book I've either read or listened to about the "book women" of Kentucky. I've enjoyed learning about a time in our history of which I was unaware. I am grateful to the women who participated in this service. Their stories are inspiring.

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  • 09-20-23

Beautifully written and narrated

I loved getting re-acquainted with Cussy Mary and Junia and getting to know Honey and her new friend Pearl. Ultimately this book is about the power of female friendships, and the important role women played in striving for societal change in 1950s Appalachia. An inspiring story.

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  • Dixie_Chick
  • 07-25-23

Wonderful

I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic story, brought to life with skilful narration. You can enjoy it as a well executed sequel, or a stand alone novel. Either way it’s too good to miss!

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  • 05-12-23

Amazing

I loved this story, the themes, messages, narrative all fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Books will learn you!

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  • Axis Alloys
  • 02-07-23

Absolutely beautiful book!

Such a lovely book and excellent narration. I did not want this book to end.

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  • 08-23-22

Loved it

Absolutely loved the first book & I was worried I wouldn’t like this as much, but I did. Beautiful story. Great research & narrator.

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  • 08-12-22

Excellent Read

Ride along with the Book Woman's Daughter to become entranced and educated . Recommend her Mother's story is read first .

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  • 06-11-22

Loved it

Loved this as much as the first one. Great narrator and interesting historical information

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  • 06-05-22

As Good as the first!!

Loved this as much as the first ❤ the narration is soooo beautiful and the story set again in the Tucky Hills was amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

Brilliant read.

Loved it. would love another book in the series to continue the story. recommend it highly

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  • Leticia Smith
  • 06-10-23

Another wonderful book

It was lovely to be back in Kentucky, following the life of the book woman’s daughter.
Another beautifully written book, highlighting the beauty and culture of these mountains.
I chose the audiobook book, as I had for the first book and thoroughly enjoyed the reading.

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  • 03-31-23

Excellent sequel to the book woman of troublesome creek

What an excellent story detailing the struggles of women to have the same opportunities in life as men.

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