Sunday, November 27, 2011

Book Review: Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

Alice Grace Ripley was happy with her life in Illinois of being a librarian, reading books every chance that she got, and having a boyfriend. Alice’s world comes crashing down when she loses her job at the library and her boyfriend breaks up with her during the same time period. Soon after she finds herself traveling out of town with some family members to drop off books that she collected for a library’s book drive and to help out at the same library in Acorn, Kentucky. When Alice reaches the country town in Kentucky, she runs into a series of unexpected conditions and situations that seem horrendous for her to endure but end up changing her in ways that she never expected. Alice soon notices that she is beginning to live like the people she has read about in novels and is not upset that she barely has time to read anymore.

I liked noticing how Alice's character was transformed throughout the story even though she didn't like the fact that she ended up helping at the library at first; the librarian and the town that the library was in was not what she imagined them to be. Alice experiences having her life go from having certain conveniences that the people in the town of Acorn don't understand to living with a lot of major inconveniences in Acorn. It was also very interesting to me to learn about packhorse librarians, which were librarians that delivered books to people who were isolated and couldn't leave their homes, these positions were created from the Packhorse Library Project in the 1930's from Roosevelt's Work Projects Administration.

I loved everything about this novel; what I liked most though is Alice’s love of books, the country town of Acorn, the desire to fix brokenness between families that were feuding, the endurance from many characters, and the fact that I couldn't predict what was going to happen next as the story progressed.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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