July 4, 2021

Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart - Review

 

I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own. 

Book details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Revell (June 1, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0800737210
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0800737214

Book description
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?

Meet the author
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Refuge, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These Healing Hills, River to Redemption, and An Appalachian Summer. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm's fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

My thoughts
I enjoyed this book. Following Tansy on her book route and getting to know each of the characters was nice. They each had their own personality. I think if I lived in that time in that place I could have had the same job as Tansy - delivering books. I thought the author did a good job  of portraying how life was then for perople.  Then you have the added part of a love story. Who should Tansy choose, her old friend or the new author who came to town?  Should she listen to her gut or good ole Aunt Perdie? In the end I think she chose the right man for her.