Every so often I go to one of my online libraries and fill my holds list. Then I forget about it. Then I go to my other online library and check out books. One of my libraries has waitlists and the other, books can be checked out immediately. Both libraries don’t have the same books so it works out really well.
This book Along the Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart finally was available from the library waitlist and I was happy to get it.
The book was really good. I enjoy books about Appalachia. I enjoy books set in the early 1900s. I enjoy hardscrabble lifestyle books. This had all of that. There was a little more “boy meets girl than I like” but it was a nice break from what I’m typically reading.
The book reminds me much of the book Christy by Catherine Marshall that I read as a teen….or Tisha by Robert Specht. Both have been favorite books of mine.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
“Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn’t mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in her books. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it–or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?
Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long she’s nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others.
As is so often the case, it’s easier to see what’s best for others than to see what’s best for oneself, and Perdita knows who Tansy should choose. But why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to give it a 4.2 rating. I liked it but it was a little too much “boy meets girl” but I appreciated reading something a little lighter.
I just checked and the author has many other books. You can find the listing HERE. Some of them are available for free through Kindle Unlimited.
You can find the book HERE if you are interested.