Nov 20, 2011

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

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.

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

Wonderland Creek is a must read for anyone who loves books, and especially for lovers of historical fiction. I could really relate to the main character in this book, and laughed at the crazy predicaments that Alice got into.

Before Alice arrived in Wonderland Creek, her life centered on books, and the fictional characters she read about were really her best friends. Reality hit her immediately when she arrived at the little library in Wonderland Creek, and her life became a series of adventure, danger, tests of endurance and faith, all sprinkled together with a sweet story of romance.

I highly recommend this book ... it is an absolutely enchanting story from cover to cover.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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