|This is not my favorite cover, by far!!|
She looks like a doll!!
And, I don't like when the author's name is bigger than the book's title.
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.
First, Alice. She was kind of annoying for about three fourths of the book. She doesn't really want to help and complains a lot. It took me a while to get the Alice in Wonderland Creek thing *facepalm* But by the end, Alice had learned some valuable lessons and became a better person. I liked how this story was told in first person too!
Mack, or Leslie. First off, I have a fondness for the name Mack. I watch Macgyver occasionally, and his nickname is Mac. Also, I babysit a little girl named Makenzee, so I call her Mak too. I just really like how it sounds! Mack was an interesting character with all of his secrets. He also provided some of the most exciting parts of the book: the trips to the mine.
Lillie. Lillie was amazing! I had, and still have, a little bit of mixed feelings about her, but she taught so many lessons! The one that I will probably refer to most is this: “[God] wants us to work with Him, honey. Not for Him.” I think it's kind of like Mary and Martha: Martha was working for God, while Mary was working with Him.
Ike. Ike was interesting... He seemed a little bit forward, but he was nice. I felt myself rooting that he would be able to play his violin on The Grand Ole Opry.
June Ann. She was sooo sweet, but had so much hardship!
Maggie. Wow! Talk about a many-faceted character!
I really liked how Lynn Austin immersed you in the world of Acorn, Kentucky, the people, the feud, the treasure, etc. And she is a masterful plot creator!! I can't wait to read more of her!! (I have A Woman's Place checked out now!)
If you follow me on Goodreads, you saw that I gave this 4 stars. It was more like 4.5. I wanted to give this 5 stars, but Alice was a little annoying, and the scenes with Ike were a little awkward to read.
Anyway, you should really give this book, and this author a try!
P.S. When you Google image search for Wonderland Creek, a lot of Naomi's posts come up :D