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.

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

1 comment

  1. Hey there

    I’m on the waiting list for this book! Kim also has a short daily devotion by email that I enjoy. I ran into her on a K-Love Christian cruise a few years ago–very fun.

    Hope you are doing well!


    On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 2:37 PM Sharon Wilharm – Christian Storyteller wrote:

    > Sharon Wilharm posted: ” 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. ” >


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