With no living relatives, 18-year-old Rowan Daly leaves the only home she’s ever known to be with her beloved, Eli. They settle in the mining town of New Hope. In 1934 the best paying job is dynamiting rock in the pit—a job Eli volunteers to do with disastrous consequences. When he’s killed, Rowan is alone and abandoned with no way to support herself.
Rowan is recruited to be a Pack Horse Librarian and soon finds herself delivering books to hill families, facing her fears of abandonment, and learning about the unique rural folks she serves.
It’s just the beginning for Rowan—being a Pack Horse Librarian changes her future, giving her a life she could never have imagined.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROWAN DALY is the gripping story of a young woman’s journey from a tragedy that leaves her hopeless and alone, to a new life as a pack horse librarian. The story is wrought with incredible historical detail that takes the reader back to the Great Depression era of 1934. The settings come alive with vivid descriptions of the land and the hill people who live there. The author does a splendid job of creating empathy for Rowan, so that we suffer her agonizing struggles right along with her and root for her to overcome the challenging obstacles placed in her way. Rex Owens is a masterful storyteller whose prose and crisp pacing kept the pages turning.
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This is a well written book that follows the path of a young woman and the mentor who befriends her. It opens on a tragedy that changes Rowan Daly's life forever. Several people step up to help among them the mentor who will guide her for years. Great story, bring tissues.
5 stars, A unique librarian proposition THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROWAN DALY by Rex Owens Rowan Daly was widowed at 18-years-old by a coal mine. She is extremely distraught and is given the opportunity to become one of the famed Pack Horse Librarians and a future beyond her deepest imaginations. Highly recommend it. Step into Rowan Daly's world and enjoy the ride. Deepest thanks to #netgalley#rexowens #ckbooks for the complimentary copy of #thelifeandtimesofrowandaly I was under no obligation to post a review.
Rowan Daly is widowed at an early age in an era where women had little independence from men. Alone and grieving, she is given an opportunity to thrive- one she seizes with both hands. Rowan is signed up as a pack horse librarian, visiting the inhabitants of the Kentucky mountain people. This is an interesting and informative read about life during this period, and Rowan is a plucky lady who goes on to success. Well written with interesting details of those she meets and works with. Overall a great read!
As a career librarian, I was drawn to this book and its main character, Rowan Daly. In the day and time the book takes place, it was rare to find a strong, young single woman willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Rowan is inspirational and the story is a great reminder that the gift of literacy and literature are priceless.