Here is the world of Alice, aka Allie. A Pastors daughter who has her nose in a book almost 24 / 7. Her family can't hardly get her out in the real word, her boyfriend has left her because of it, and she still has no idea what life is at the age of 22. The Great Depression has caused her to loose her job at the library. With out much else to do, she invites herself to go with her Aunt and Uncle on a trip. Allie, the little fair skinned curly haired blond from Blue Island, Illinois finds herself stranded in Acorn, Kentucky! All she planned to do was help the library for a few weeks, but Leslie is a man name Mack and soon Alice finds herself in an extended stay next to Wonderland Creek. Before she knows it she is having to learn to ride a horse, and cook, and clean and care for a 100 year old former slave named Lilly. Soon she finds out she has to be a packhorse librarian, and help Lilly deal with a most unique funeral, and the list just keeps going.
Wonderland Creek is the kind of book you don't want to put down, and the kind that makes you just a wee bit worried that maybe I read too much too! So I took that into consideration, and then into consideration all the people I work with and talk to daily, and decided I am o.k. I just love to read, and this story was great!
I REALLY love how Lilly prays, and how much of God's real word was worked into Wonderland Creek. I loved how the clannish ways, and mines, and feuds all were portrayed and handled, especially how it effected people's lives and how it changed their relationships with God.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.
Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.
Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. And two of her inspirational fiction books were chosen by Library Journal for their top picks in 2003, and 2005. One of Lynn's novels has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Wonderland Creek, go HERE.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/076420498X