The Librarian of Boone's Hollow is another treasure from the pen of Kim Vogel Sawyer.
The step back into the Great Depression era of mule or horseback delivery of books to the backwoods communities of Kentucky is interesting all on its own. But the people, the characters from this author's mind and heart, are what makes this one more gentle story of hope from one of the greats in Christian fiction.
Addie -- a young girl from the city who finds herself in challenging times that are not of her own making but who determines to follow her love of reading and writing to move forward for herself and her family
Emmett -- a young man forced to move back to his family's little mountain home while trying to find a job that makes use of his recently earned college degree
Bettina -- a poor, uneducated girl who sees marriage as her only hope for escape from a difficult home life
Nanny Fay -- an older woman who lives alone, with most of the community's residents avoiding her at all costs because of fears and superstitions
I highly recommend The Librarian of Boone's Hollow to all fans of inspirational historical fiction or to anyone who wants to get lost in a story of hope, faith, community, and acceptance.
Thanks to Kim Vogel Sawyer and her publisher for providing a digital copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
About the Book
A traveling librarian ventures into the mining towns of Kentucky on horseback—and learns to trust the One who truly pens her story—in this powerful novel from the best-selling author of A Silken Thread.
During the Great Depression, city-dweller Addie Cowherd dreams of becoming a novelist and offering readers the escape that books had given her during her tragic childhood. When her father loses his job, she is forced to take the only employment she can find—delivering books on horseback to poor coal-mining families in the hills of Kentucky.
But turning a new page will be nearly impossible in Boone's Hollow, where residents are steeped in superstitions and deeply suspicious of outsiders. Even local Emmett Tharp feels the sting of rejection after returning to the tiny mountain hamlet as the first in his family to graduate college. And as the crippled economy leaves many men jobless, he fears his degree won’t be worth much in a place where most men either work the coal mine or run moonshine.
As Addie also struggles to find her place, she’ll unearth the truth about a decades-old rivalry. But when someone sets out to sabotage the town’s library program, will the culprit chase Addie away or straight into the arms of the only person who can help her put a broken community back together?
(Get a sneak peek at the first chapter of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow here.)
About the Author
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed bestselling author with more than one million books in print in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and her grandchildren.