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Lynn Austin Will Delight Readers with Her Winsome Heroine

Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But happily-ever-after life she's 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. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

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Overview

Lynn Austin Will Delight Readers with Her Winsome Heroine

Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But happily-ever-after life she's 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. 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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Set during the Great Depression, this novel by six-time Christy winner Austin (While We're Far Apart; Hidden Places) examines the life of a bookish young woman who loses her library job and her boyfriend at the same time. As the gossip begins to mount, Alice agrees to deliver books to a rural Kentucky library in need. Once there, she is abandoned by her family members who dropped her off. Stuck in Acorn, she befriends the librarians and discovers that there is more of interest in this small town than she assumed. VERDICT Austin's historical novels have been well received by her numerous fans. This latest entry will not disappoint. The vivid female protagonist and touches of humor and romance will appeal to fans of Lynn Morris and T. Davis Bunn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764204982
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 398,027
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won six 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.
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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Outstanding!

    What an outstanding book! Probably near the top of list...if there were more than 5 stars this story would rate that.
    Alice Ripley is 22 years old and lives with her Mother and Pastor father in Blue Island, IL. When the story begins her boyfriend Gordon has just broken up with her and the ongoing Depression of the time, has caused her loss of employment. She had worked as a Librarian and had been collecting books for a poor mine town in KY. When she finds out that her Aunt and Uncle will be traveling on their next vacation through Kentucky, she brazenly asks to go along. She wants to spend the 2 weeks in KY helping that towns library, and her Aunt and Uncle will go to their spa and pick her up on their return.
    When she arrives in Acorn, KY...she has a rude awakening. The Librarian Leslie MacDougal is definitely not what she was expecting! Her ride has already left and there she is....there is not hotel, or restaurant around.
    This book has it all...stepping back in time. This little Mine Town is really a step back in time, there is no running water, electricity, or even a car for her to use! She meets Miss Lillie and ends up actually helping and taking care of the 100+ year old delightful woman! You will meet all kinds of characters, and you'll laugh and cry with them. There is a bit of Romance in the air, along with new friendships, baby being born and also some mystery. You will not want to put this book down, and you will be moving, temporarily, into the hills of Kentucky!

    I was provided with a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

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    Couldn't put it down!

    Incredible! GREAT story line. A bit of mystery, detective work, suspense, romance, topped with an ironic ending which will knock your socks off. Another historically based fiction novel by Lynn Austin which I could not put down. The women in Lynn's novels are always feminine yet so strong because of the strength they find int he Lord. This book would appeal to 13+ and adults. If you have never read Lynn Austin, this would be a good place to start. But then go back and read her other novels.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    *4½ stars* Alice Grace Ripley is 22 years old and has sp

    *4½ stars*

    Alice Grace Ripley is 22 years old and has spent most of her life with her nose stuck in a book. She never had an adventure in her life and she thinks all the exiting things are only happening in a book.

    Her boyfriend has had enough of Alice's dream world and breaks up with her. Then she also loses her job, because of the cutbacks to the Great Depression. Allie's heart is broken. Her parents give her a week to mourn her losses and then expect her to go on with life.

    Allice has collected donated books for a library in Acorn, Kentucky. She decides to travel from her hometown in Illinois to deliver the boxes of donated books in person at the library in Kentucky. And then her first real life adventure begins with shootings, fake deaths and many surprises. Meeting the librarian was only the first of many surprises she's going to face in the next couple of weeks.

    Acorn, Kentucky is not wat Allie had expected it to be. The coal mining town is so small, it doesn't even has a hotel, restaurant, shop or church. There's no electricity or indoor plumbing. There has also been a feud between two families that live in Acorn. Alice learns what it is about and she hopes to find out where the hidden treasure could be.
    The library has only a handful of visiting customers, because most people live too far away on the mountain. Alice must learn to ride a horse. Together with the Packhorse Librarians she's going to deliver books to the people that are living on the mountain.

    The story had some interesting characters with depth. Some happenings were a bit extreme, but that didn't matter much to me. I just loved the story. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. It shows us that we are capable of far more things then we'd have imagined.

    I loved to see Alice's growth in faith. Her father is a preacher, but she never really understood what she believed. When she meets Lillie, a one-hundred-year old former slave, she learns far more about Jesus, what He did and about His love.
    There's also a bit of romance in the story. It's just enough to be satisfied.

    This book was a wonderful read. I hated to see it end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    LOVED IT

    If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. One of the best I have read in a while. Didnt want it to end!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    My new favorite

    I was left completely wonderstruck. Wonderland Creek is now one of my most favorites books ever!




    Alice is a young woman during the depression who eats, sleeps, pretty much lives on and in her books. Alice's world is turned upside down when she loses her dream job as a librarian due to the economic pressures, and to top it all off her funeral director boyfriend dumps her. Alice, in an effort ot get away from her woes, heads to the mountains of Kentucky to deliver boxes of donated books, to a small library. Little does she know that she just might be in for the adventure of her life!




    I loved this book from the first line to the last page. It had me glued to the page, savoring every word, and laughing out loud when I found myself relating to Alice in an all-too-scary-way. Yes, Alice was very melodramic, but I loved her for it, and could hardly contain my laughter at some of her humorous musings.




    I really loved the Christy-like setting, up in the mountains without the modern inconveniences like electricity, and running water, where you're more likely to meet a person's shotgun before you actually meet the person.




    Leslie or "Mack" was in my mind the perfect hero, perfect in that he was not perfect enough to be perfect, which just ended up making him perfect! Now if you're still with me after that baffling chain of thoughts...OK! I love his sense of duty and his commitment to making things right. I could go on and on about Mack but for your sakes, I won't ;)




    I think that nearly every character had a place in my heart by the time I turned the last page, I especially loved Miss Lillie. What a woman, indeed!




    This book had everything. Excellent characters, a killer plot, sweet romance, a rediscovery of lax faith, a mystery that keeps you on your toes, evil villians, beautiful setting, and lots of books! I couldn't have asked for a better story. It completely blew me away! Especailly the suspense of trying to figure out who was behind everything and why. Oh, and did I mention buried treasure? Wonderland Creek has that too!




    If you are anything like me, this is a must-read! I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is now pretty much my number one favorite book :D Thank you for listening to my somewhat overlong ravings, I'm going to go out a buy this book as soon as I can :)




    Final Rating: 5.6 out of 5!!!!!




    I checked out this book at my local library and reviewed it just because I loved it so much :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Historical mystery a fun read

    I enjoyed the twists and turns in this novel. I also enjoyed the characters which were different from each other with secrets to be discovered. I didn't like it as much as some of the other books by this author but it kept me interested nonetheless! I enjoyed the librarian character very much!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    This is literally one of the best Christian historical fiction b

    This is literally one of the best Christian historical fiction books I've ever read! Very entertaining and unique, and not at all predictable like most other Christian romance books I've read.

    A young librarian named Alice loves reading books so much, that's all she does, but nothing exciting ever happens to her... until, due to the Depression, she loses her job at the library, and volunteers to deliver donated books to a small Kentucky library out in the boonies (think "Christie"). She ends up stranded there longer than planned, and gets involved in an exciting, dangerous adventure. The librarian gets shot, and in order to protect him from the shooter, they have to pretend he's dead, while at the same time, trying to find out who shot him. Meanwhile, Alice becomes a packhorse librarian, delivering books to the people in the hills. She gets to know and love many of the characters, and helps them end a 60 year old feud. It's suspenseful, and very funny in some places. The romance is somewhat secondary to the main plot for most of the book; the plot is not dependent on the romance, unlike most Christian romance books I've read. However, the parts about her and the "dead" librarian are my favorite parts of the book! Their relationship is certainly not what you'd call lovey-dovey, because they are not too crazy about each other to start out with. But that's actually what makes their interactions so amusing! It was so much fun to read these parts, and I kept wanting to skip ahead to the next "Alice & Mack" part! After I finished, I even went back through especially to read these parts again! And I almost never do that with a book, so that's saying something. The plots of most other Christian romance books I've read are almost entirely dependent on the romance, but they aren't half as interesting as this book is!

    The only complaint I would have is that Mack and Alice didn't realize their feelings for each other till the very end, although it was very sweet when they did. I wanted to keep reading about their love story, so in that way, it was a little disappointing. I would dearly love it if Lynn Austin would write another book about Alice and Mack!

    Altogether, a very enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Excellent story

    Must read,loved all books from this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    This was a very good book!

    I really loved the story, no hot sex scenes, but a very sweet love story with just enough spirituality thrown in to make it a wholesome love story. I'll look for more from Ms Austin :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Loved this book! It is written in true Lynn Austin style with pl

    Loved this book! It is written in true Lynn Austin style with plenty of
    humor as well as an interesting historical setting. Each of the
    characters are distinguishable and well developed so that you feel you
    know and love each one. I really did not know how it was going to end
    until it happened. It had many life lessons in it. GREAT Book for all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Good Book

    Lynn Austin has become a favorite author for me. Her settings and characters teach as well as entertain. In this book I learned of the backpack librarians in remote areas. The only reason it has 4 and not 5 stars is that in some cases she jumped too quickly in this story causing me to reread to see if I had missed something!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Great book!

    I loved this book. Really cute and fun to read. Laughed out loud a lot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Great book

    I am a guy, and I loved this book. Christian fiction is usually considered girls only, but they are for guys too. Guys, don't skip this book. It is as much for you as for girls.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Lynn Austin did it again...Loved Wonderland Creek!

    Lynn Austin is one of the best Christian fiction writers today without question! Once again in Wonderland Creek she drew me into the complexities and multi-facets of each of her main characters because of her amazing ability to "show" them to us from the page. When I first started reading the book, I thought where is this going. Alice was so superficial and one-dimensional...but then Acorn, KY drew her in and forever changed her as she evolved into a young woman with character, strength and faith. Wonderful, unique story line....fantastic read! Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Excellent read!

    Well written.
    Enjoyable read.
    Recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    This was an enjoyable read!

    At first, the character didn't draw me in the way Lynn Austin's characters usually do. Then,as the story progressed,the community and the hardships they faced were mesmerizing. I was facing the hardships of the country during the Great Depression. It was a wonderful story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    Unusual setting, good story

    I love this premise. In the backwoods of Kentucky there is a library that nobody goes to so thanks to President Roosevelt there are some packhorse librarians that take books into the woods straight to the people that need them. Now mix in a naive young woman from the Chicago area that is used to electricity and running water and then add in some murder, mystery, feuding families, a crooked sheriff and underhanded coal mine owners. All of a sudden poor Allie is covering up a supposed murder, taking care of the library since the librarian is dead and looking after the 101 year old "mother" of the librarian as she tries to figure out why she is even still in Kentucky!


    I have loved almost every book by Lynn Austin that I've read. And while this one is really good and entertaining and the main character, Allie, is a total hoot, it is not quite as epic as some of the other ones I've read by Lynn. Still good, just not quite epic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Librarian lady

    From the front cover of the book until the very end I was enthralled in this story! Lynn Austin tells it so well.
    I would recommend this to everyone. It is a perfect mixture of fun, sorrow, and love. After I finished this piece I told all of friends about it and they too love it. (Although I think they read it only because of my prodding. ;) Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    This was my first Lynn Austin book and I loved it. As a result,

    This was my first Lynn Austin book and I loved it. As a result, I've read most of her other works, but this book is one of my all time favorites.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    A fun trip to another era!

    When i started reading the book I thought this was not going to be the kind of book that holds my interest. The heroine character seemed vain and self centered and didn't feel like someone I wanted to get to know. But I was reading the book for my book club so I stayed the course and was happy I did. This is a story that shows how God puts us in situations that can grow us or break us depending on our willingness to learn His lessons. The story took several unexpected turns and I liked the characters in the story very much, including the heroine!

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