Monday, 21 January 2013

My Goodreads Book Review: Wonderland Creek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot Summary from Goodreads:
Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But the happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real world. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to a library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by her relatives, Alice volunteers to stay for two weeks to help the librarian, Leslie McDougal.

But the librarian turns out to be far different than she anticipated--not to mention the four lady librarians who travel to the remote homes to deliver the much-desired books. When Alice is trapped in Acorn against her will, she soon finds that real-life adventure and mystery--and especially romance--are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

My Opinion:
I did enjoy reading this book - I really appreciated the way that the author showed how important it is not to let yourself become so wrapped up in books that you become self-centred. This really was helpful for me to remember!!! However, once I got about 1/3 of the way through it, it did start becoming a bit long and waffly, as well as repetitive. I also found it a bit frustrating how, while there were some elements of gospel message in it, other actions taken by "Christians" in it contridicted their witness. For example, while I grew to love Miss Lillie's character and the way she shed light on the teachings of Jesus, at times she condoned actions such as lying based on the view that it was necessary for justice to be gained or for the greater good of the town. This did irritate me at times, and is why this book couldn't make more than 3 stars for me. Still, it is worth a read, particularly for any bookworms!!!

Quotes I loved from it:

“Librarians are serious people, seldomgiven to idle jocularity. The reason for this, I believe, is because we are overwhelmed by the enormous number of good books waiting to be read, leaving little time for frivolity. My personal list of must-read books presents a daunting challenge; I can't even imagine the pressure our head librarian must be under.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek 

“That's absurd," I said with a little laugh. "Nobody can read too much. That's like saying someone breathes too much.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek  

 “...Sometimes when people work for God, they get the idea that He should make their life all smooth and easy because they're doing His work...It ain't so. Jesus said life is gonna be hard. Period. He said if you're gonna follow Him, then you're gonna carry a cross, just like He did. This world of ours is under a curse, honey. We need to expect things to be bad. But even if we lose everything, we still have Jesus.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek

“Our trials are supposed to turn us toward God, but we whine and complain and wish someone would turn down the fire so we could have our old life back the way it was.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek 

“[God] wants us to work with Him, honey. Not for Him.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek  

“Ain't I been trying to tell you that you can't be holding grudges against people? Didn't you hear me say that? What do you think Jesus is gonna say if we come walking up to those pearly gates carrying a whole sackful of grievances and grudges on our backs? Jesus is gonna ask, What's that you toting on your back? Do you want to be opening that sack and showing Him all those ugly thing? He's dressed all in white and shining like the sun, and you're coming in with a load a hate in your your arms? Umm hmm. I can't imagine doing that.”
Lynn Austin, Wonderland Creek

Hope you enjoy reading it at some stage!


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