It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review, but when I got the offer to be a part of the launch team for The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow, I knew I’d have to make time to read this book. As it turned out, I started reading and I couldn’t put it down. Everything else got put on hold white I sat glued to the pages of the book.
The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow takes place during the Great Depression. It opens with college coed Addie Cowherd discovering that her college tuition is overdue and she’s being kicked out of school for lack of payment. Devastated, she takes the only job she can find, a traveling librarian position in a poor coal-mining community in the Kentucky Appalachians. Once there she finds it difficult to find acceptance among the residents who are steeped in superstitions and suspicious of outsiders.
Local boy Emmett Tharp returns to the small town after graduating from college, but he, too, is met with suspicion. He discovers his degree doesn’t exactly endear him to the local coal miners, especially his father.
Together, they struggle to find their place in the community in the midst of opposition and sabotage.
Ever since I first read Catherine Marshall’s Christy novel years ago, I’ve had a fascination with the Appalachian mountains and the people who live there. Now that my daughter and her family have moved to Kentucky in the foothills of the mountains, I’m even more interested.
This book did an amazing job of capturing the time and the people. So few historic fiction authors are able to accurately portray life in other times, but Kim Vogel Sawyer is a master. She doesn’t just plug in a few period details and force them into a modern day telling. No, she truly takes the reader back into the time period and immerses us in the environment. We are truly transported in time.
Each of her quirky characters come to life on the pages. Even the smallest of background extras has a personality. We see the struggles and challenges that each character faces. There’s no black and white, good and bad, but lots of grey people grappling with how to handle each situation.
Finally, I love how the spiritual themes are so carefully woven into the story so that rather than jumping out and calling attention to themselves, they quietly speak their word in the background.
If you’re looking for something to read that will transport you to another time and encourage you in your spiritual walk, pick up a copy of this amazing book. It releases today and is available wherever books are sold. I’d love to hear your thoughts when you read it.