The Librarian's Journey
4 Historical Romances
by Patty Smith Hall; Cynthia Hickey; Marilyn Turk; Kathleen Y'Barbo
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
Barbour Publishing, Inc., Barbour Fiction
Part of FDR’s New Deal was the Works Progress Administration, which funded the Pack Horse Library Initiative. Ride along with four book-loving women who bravely fight for literacy in remote communities during the Great Depression by carrying library books via horseback. Will their efforts be rewarded by finding love in the process?
Love’s Turning Page by Cynthia Hickey
1935, Ozark Mountains
Grace Billings jumped at the chance to be a traveling librarian, but she didn’t anticipate the long days of work, the intense poverty, or the handsome new schoolteacher whose love for the mountain people surpasses even her own.
For Such a Time by Patty Smith Hall
1936, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Forced out of her nursing job due to budget cuts, Ruth Sims applies for a position with the Pack Horse Library incentive, only to discover she must go to the one place she swore never to return. The children instantly steal her heart with their thirst for books, and she’s happy in her post until she meets their teacher, Will Munroe—the man who broke her heart.
Book Lady of the Bayou by Marilyn Turk
Forced out of her comfort zone, Lily Bee Davis travels by horse or boat taking books to remote areas. When she meets little Evie and her reclusive father at a dilapidated plantation house, she is drawn by their losses and longs to draw them out into life again.
The Librarian and the Lawman by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Lottie Trent connects with a backwoods bully’s wife by secretly carrying messages for her in exchange for books. FBI agent Clayton Turnbow is on the trail of a criminal gang and discovers the packhorse librarian maybe a key member.
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These 4 novellas are set during the Great Depression in the Appalachia (Apple-at-cha, just doing my part to spread the correct pronunciation!) Mountains. Wonderful stories and as someone who’s job it is to help kids find books to read on a daily basis, this had my heart. I enjoyed all of them, and loved the historical aspect of this book.
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