Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wonderland Creek: A Book Review

About The Book:

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 Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But the happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real one. To top it off, Alice loses her beloved library job because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Longing to run from small-town gossip, Alice flees to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the tiny coal-mining town of Acorn, a place with no running water, no electricity, and where the librarians ride ornery horses up steep mountain passes to deliver books. When Alice is forced to stay in Acorn far longer than she planned, she discovers that real-life adventure, mystery--and especially romance--may be far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

About The Author:

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won seven Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

 Visit Lynn's Web site at www.lynnaustin.org

My Review:

Lynn Austin has done it again with her most recent release, Wonderland Creek! With a wonderful story line set in the era of The Great Depression, and a delightful character seen in Alice Ripley, you will drawn into a book with romance, mystery and more from the very first chapter.

 Although I am always up for a well written book, if characters are boring or  the story line drags, I know I won't enjoy the book. I have never had this experience with any of the Austin books I have read, and Wonderland Creek is no different. It is obvious that extensive research was done to make the book as authentic in it's descriptions, etc and the characters are marvelously developed. I love Alice's spunk and drive, and loved watching her develop and mature as the story moved on. This was actually my favorite part of the book. 

The themes of getting over the past, moving forward despite obstacles, and helping others are woven throughout the book. This book has a little something for every fan of historical fiction - mystery, romance, murder, faith lessons and more! 

If you have a Lynn Austin fan on your Christmas shopping list this year, I cannot recommend this book enough. It is fantastic and I give it a HUGE thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Wonderland Creek at your favorite bookseller, from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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