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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Austin Narrator: Kate Forbes Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029264
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Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction.

In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But the happily-ever-after life she has planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real world. Alice is heartbroken. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by her relatives, Alice volunteers to stay for two weeks to help the librarian, Leslie McDougal.

But the librarian turns out to be far different than she anticipated, not to mention the four lady librarians who travel to the remote homes to deliver the much-desired books. While Alice is trapped in Acorn against her will, she soon finds that real-life adventure and mystery—and especially romance—are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Austin does an amazing job of touching the reader with each character she creates. Alice plunges herself into each book she reads, in order to find the life she is missing. The lessons that she learns and the love she finds make this a page-turner.”

    Romantic Times

  • Winner of the 2012 Christy Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/8/2014

    " This book is set during the depression. A 22 year-old Alice Ripley still lives with her parents and works at the public library. Her dad is a pastor and they live in Illinois. Alice's world falls apart when she loses her job and the same day her boyfriend breaks up with her. Alice ends up traveling with her aunt and uncle to a remote town in Kentucky, to drop off five boxes of donated books. Her relatives drop her off, promising to return in two weeks. The life Alice finds is very different that what she left in Illinois. Though I often thought, "Grow up, young lady", the adventures Alice was part of and the look at rural Kentucky life during the depression kept me enjoying this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 2/3/2014

    " Great book! As a lover of books and reading, I found the whole librarian aspect very interesting. But I was also so ecstatic to find the postpartum depression story line in the book! As someone who has been through this hell myself, it makes me so happy to find that more and more people are talking about it, writing about it, incorporating it into TV shows, etc. The more people talk about it, the less shame accompanies it. Women will hopefully receive treatment much sooner and people who have not experienced it will be less judgemental and show compassion. So, thank you, Lynn Austin! Thank you for giving us a voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lmstclair3 | 1/30/2014

    " Good book. This one may make all readers think for a moment of the amount of time we spend reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marz | 1/19/2014

    " One of my favorites! The main character is thrown into adventure after a lifetime of reading musty books and working in the local library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francie ( glitter glu ) | 1/10/2014

    " love it. i love lynn austin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 1/8/2014

    " I LOVED this book. Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. It is about a gir who loves to read and becomes a packhorse librarian during the Depression. A little romance, a little mystery, and a little Faith...what more could you want? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaelee | 1/2/2014

    " I really liked this book. I listened to it and want to get it to read it now. Sometimes I wonder if I like books more when I listen to them because there's someone in my head reading with inflection and emotion and I don't read like that in my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Ward | 12/24/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! I love all of her books! Such wonderful characters and great setting! Has everything a good book should! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladean Stettler | 12/21/2013

    " Really fun. It brought rural Kentucky to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Linton | 12/16/2013

    " Another great read from Lynn Austin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alena | 12/12/2013

    " This was a terrific book! I especially enjoyed having a librarian as the heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/9/2013

    " Another very good book from Lynn Austin "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz V. | 12/5/2013

    " Austin uses the Depression era Packhorse Library Project to propel her book loving protagonist from her fantasy filled childhood to caring adulthood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/25/2013

    " Excellent book. Really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/24/2013

    " Super, during the depression, pack horse librarians "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/28/2013

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. Lynn Austin is a talented writer. I felt connected to the characters and couldn't wait to find out what happened to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micheila | 8/21/2013

    " The book was really captivating. However, Alice annoyed me just a little in the beginning of the book. She becomes more likeable as the story continues. The book is very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryle Fisher | 8/1/2013

    " A booklovers dream book. From reading about an adventure to actually living the adventure is the transition this heroine experienced. Very well written and not easy to put down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Lourens | 7/17/2013

    " I will be honest in saying that when I started this book I didn't think I would finish it. I didn't care for the main characters at all. However, I did change my mind and fell in love with this book and its characters. my advice is to stick with this book- it does get better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Ann | 6/15/2013

    " Accurate depiction of KY in the Depression Period. Characters too predictable. Made reader want to do some historical searching.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Codi | 3/9/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book. I think this is my favorite one by Lynn Austin so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/17/2012

    " One of my favorite books! Loved the main character, Alice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina Fender | 5/16/2012

    " Love, love, loved this book. It is one of the few I would read again. If you like christian historical fiction I recommend this book, and any other Lynn Austin books for that matter. This one may just take the cake though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 4/9/2012

    " This was a great book. It was set in a small slice of history and I greatlyl enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Rawlings | 3/18/2012

    " I don't think I have ever come across a Lynn Austin book that I didn't love. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/16/2012

    " Fun read, suspense and interesting characters. "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is an award-winning author of historical fiction novels. Five of her books, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Until We Reach Home, received Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction. Her novel Hidden Places was also made into a movie for the Hallmark channel, receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2006. She received her BA from Southern Connecticut State University and studied biblical backgrounds and Archeology at Southwestern Theological Seminary. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she currently lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Kate Forbes is a professionally trained actress who has appeared on Broadway, in regional theaters, and with a renowned touring company. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was active in theater, she completed an MFA at New York University School of the Arts. With this training, she launched into a successful acting career.