Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

Today, CFBA introduces Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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 myster--and especially romance--are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

MY THOUGHTS:
I can hardly
describe Wonderland Creek. It honestly didn’t even click with me until several chapters in that the main character was ALICE…in Wonderland. The circumstances are quite ‘Wonderland’-like. There isn’t a Cheshire Cat or Queen of Hearts, but the events seem almost unbelievable.

Not necessarily realistically speaking, but I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening unbelievable. Right from the start, I was chuckling at the description of Allie (I felt Lynn Austin was describing nose-in-a-book me)! From Allie's arrival in Kentucky to attempted murder to feuds to an ornery horse to strange, but likeable mountain people, I just kept turning pages late into the night.

Wonderland Creek was an abrupt introduction to reality for a bookworm girl, and ultimately, when I finished the last sentence, an imaginative, clever, mysterious tale that I truly enjoyed.

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AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
Wonderland Creek

Thank you to Lynn and Bethany House, through CFBA, for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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