Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Library Copy from St. Charles City County Public Library
“Our lives mighta been much different if we’d had our way instead of God having His way.”
Miss Lillie, a one hundred year old little old lady from Acorn, Kentucky, was full of advice and guidance. If advice and guidance didn’t work, there was always the shotgun. This novel centers on the story of Alice Grace Ripley from Blue Island, Illinois, an impractical young woman who invites herself to Acorn to deliver book donations from her hometown. While Alice is a pleasant young woman, she is used to electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing. These three items do not exist in Acorn, Kentucky.
Alice has spent much of her life buried in a book or at the local library. She is rather ill-equipped to deal with life in Acorn when she gets left there for two weeks. The story is full of interesting characters that add some liveliness to her rather placid life. She meets Leslie MacDougal, the resident librarian, who is not all what she expected as well as the traveling librarians of Acorn. Miss Lillie teaches Alice about the basics of living without the frills of civilization and money and Alice, in turn, looks after Miss Lillie.
Mysterious shootings, wild animals on the loose, and an ornery horse add to the excitement of life along Wonderland Creek. The plot offers a bit of mystery, a little romance (with or without the help of a love potion), and a fine sprinkling of historical information from the Great Depression and President Roosevelt’s Works Project Administration.
A fun, uplifting read! I recommend this to fans of historical fiction. I borrowed this book from the St. Charles City County Public Library.