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Wonderland Creek von Lynn Austin
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Wonderland Creek (Original 2011; 2011. Auflage)

von Lynn Austin

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Happily-ever-after librarian Alice Ripley unexpectedly finds herself in a real-life adventure filled with mystery and romance in the 1930s as she serves rural communities in Kentucky.
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Titel:Wonderland Creek
Autoren:Lynn Austin
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2011), Paperback, 400 pages
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Librarian Alice may pay more attention to books than the world around her. Then, she loses her boyfriend & her job, & decides to deliver donated books personally to Appalachian homes. This self-deprecating heroine & 1936 setting will charm & fascinate you.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Aug 2, 2021 |
Alice is a flat lander and a book nerd. it cost her a boy friend so she goes to Appalachia and learns a lot about life, love and giving. ( )
  pgabj | Mar 30, 2021 |
“If my life were a book, no one would read it. People would say it was too boring, too predictable. A story told a million times. But I was perfectly content with my life-that is, until the pages of my story were ripped out before I had a chance to live happily ever after.”
Alice Ripley is absorbed in books in her job as a librarian in a good sized town in Illinois. After losing her job and boyfriend, she decides to hand deliver the books she has collected to a tiny hamlet in Kentucky. She likens her life to a novel but is out of her element when she arrives in Acorn, Kentucky along Wonderland Creek.
I loved Alice with her spunk and imagination. “I felt like I had been pushed onto the stage in the middle of a very bad play and did not know any of my lines. I would have run for the hills if I knew which hills to tun to.”
Alice meets Librarian Mac who has secrets. Lillie was a favorite character. She is one hundred years old, a former slave and knows natural healing arts. Lillie has raised Mac from a baby. She is very wise and an outspoken Christian. Alice learns so much from Lillie and as a horseback Librarian in Appalachia.
This was such a great story. I was sorry to leave the folks in Acorn behind.
Wonderland Creek is a gem of a tale with references to all things bookish. The characters are real and live their faith with the purpose to love their neighbors and try to right injustices.
Every Lynn Austin book I have read is well written and unveils spiritual truths. I have enjoyed every on of them.
*I read a copy of this book as part of the Amazon Prime Reading program. All opinions are my own.* ( )
  paulashreckhise | Mar 4, 2021 |
Austin's take on the library workers who transported books to the hills of Kentucky during the depression is, of course, wonderful.

Alice's one and only love in life is the books that she reads and her job at the library in town. She doesn't even get all that excited about her dates with her boyfriend, who is annoyed that she would rather be reading a book than going out with him. When she is let go at the library she is devastated, and as she flounders around looking for a new path for her life she remembers the books she has been sending to a library in Kentucky. Figuring that she can deliver the books and offer her services she writes to the librarian there and then convinces her aunt and uncle to drop her off there. The librarian, who turns out to be a scruffy fellow named Leslie McDougal, is surprised when she shows up on her doorstep, and most of the people in the small hamlet she has invaded are none to keen on her being there. As Alice slowly gets her bearings and gets to know the people of this place she discovers there are quite a few mysteries lurking beneath the surface of the seemingly simple life in Acorn. She learns new things about herself, about how she can truly help others, and even discovers a bit of romance - which makes for quite a wonderful story. Fans of historical fiction, especially those that love books and tales of the mule riding librarians, will enjoy this one. ( )
  debs4jc | Jan 15, 2021 |
Wonderland Creek is a great novel for book lovers. Main character, Alice Ripley, lives her life in books. While I am a self-proclaimed book nerd (and proud of it), I hope that I never neglect real life and real people the way Alice did before her journey to Acorn, Kentucky. After losing her library job, not to mention her boyfriend, Alice believes getting out of town and helping a poor, rural community gain access to reading materials is just what she needs. But her arrival in Acorn is a very rude awakening. Alice might as well have gone to the moon for how different life is in Acorn. She joins forces with the local librarian to become a part of the WPA pack horse book delivery, as well as to uncover a number of mysteries. The book has many laugh out loud scenes as Alice proves to be a fish out of water again and again. But the tough life of those she meets, the feuds, and the eye-opening fact that life is more than stories in a book make her grown up. I loved Alice, despite her naivety and at times downright foolishness. Her resiliency and her determination helped her to overcome her weaknesses. Wonderland Creek has plenty of drama and mystery and history and romance (albeit unconventional) for fans of all genres. I found it to be a highly recommended read!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(I downloaded the audiobook from Libby. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jan 3, 2021 |
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