• The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

  • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A traveling librarian ventures into the mining towns of Kentucky on horseback and learns to trust the One who truly pens her story in this powerful novel from the best-selling author of A Silken Thread.

During the Great Depression, city-dweller Addie Cowherd dreams of becoming a novelist and offering listeners the escape that books had given her during her tragic childhood. When her father loses his job, she is forced to take the only employment she can find delivering books on horseback to poor coal-mining families in the hills of Kentucky.   

But turning a new page will be nearly impossible in Boone's Hollow, where residents are steeped in superstitions and deeply suspicious of outsiders. Even local Emmett Tharp feels the sting of rejection after returning to the tiny mountain hamlet as the first in his family to graduate college. And as the crippled economy leaves many men jobless, he fears his degree wont be worth much in a place where most men either work the coal mine or run moonshine.   

As Addie also struggles to find her place, shell unearth the truth about a decades-old rivalry. But when someone sets out to sabotage the towns library program, will the culprit chase Addie away or straight into the arms of the only person who can help her put a broken community back together?

©2020 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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New author for me

This is the first Kim sawyers book I’ve listened to. I’m used to Lynn Austin’s books. It’s hard to find good clean books with no curses and sex so I’m giving this a higher rating for the fact that it’s a clean Christian book that we need more of!

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Unexpected Surprise!

I’ve never read this author before. I absolutely loved this book. It held my interest, and the story line was stronger than the romance. It wasn’t light fluff either. This book was thought provoking without being shocking or brutal. There was depth, sincerity of the characters with very real struggles, but they were told in a manner that wasn’t gory or violent.

I also loved this narrator. Her tone, voice, accent and diction were perfect!

I had read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, and was interested in hearing more about the book program to get books to the hill people. This book did not disappoint, and as a believer, I really enjoyed the way the author wove faith and Christian values thorough the book.

Well done on all accounts!

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Loved learning about people living in the hollows

I really enjoyed this book. It's a beautiful story showing how we falsely judge others.

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Hope there is a sequel!

Wonderful read! Love the characters and how this author weaves the love of our savior Jesus into her books! Loved it!

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WPA program traveling Liberian

Kim Vogel Sawyer takes the listener on a journey back in America's history. The characters are exciting and entertaining. The story shows us what it was like during The Great Depression. There were so many stories all rolled into a compelling listen.

Kate Forbes did an excellent job with narration.

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A Sweet story

I enjoyed this book very much. Kim weaves a tale about mountain people and city people without being condescending to either, while pointing out strengths and weakness in both. Some reviews state that the story moves slowly. Ironically, that is what I enjoy most about Kim's writing. She brings you into the daily life of her stories. I like this series!

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I love this book. This book is my favorite by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Thank you I couldn't stop listening. It made a difficult fourteen hour trip very enjoyable.

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Beautifully written!

With this book, Kim Vogel Sawyer has been added to my list of favorite authors! I could not stop listening! Great character development, and such a sweet story of love and grace! I am about to spend my credits on more of her books! I cannot wait to read them!

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Sweet,enjoyable story.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story. We learn about the people who live in the Hollow and about the poverty during this time. I feel as though I got to know the people in the story. We see the contrast of good and evil, with the good people showing kindness and love to prayers in the story.

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Slow but good story. Terrible narrator/reader.

Story is sweet, has a little mystery, has a small amount of Christian aspect which it could have used more of, but narrator is just a reader with no distinction between the voices, men or women, so pay very close attention to names.