Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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


  1. Hi Maureen, I found your blog through Katie's and just realized you are the same Maureen from my goodreads friends! You have a lovely blog and I'm following. Feel free to visit my blog...

    This is a great review. I really want to read this now! I loved Lynn Austin's Refiner's Fire series. She's a wonderful author.

    Cathy :)

  2. I was wondering how you obtained an advance reading copy?