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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,396 ratings  ·  426 reviews
Alice Grace Ripley leeft in een droomwereld met haar neus in de boeken. Maar aan haar zorgeloze bestaan komt plotseling een einde als haar vriend Gordon hun relatie verbreekt. Hij vindt dat Alice teveel in een fantasiewereld leeft. En dan raakt ze ook nog eens haar geliefde baan in de bibliotheek kwijt omdat er bezuinigd moet worden.
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Paperback, 463 pages
Published October 2011 by Voorhoeve (first published 2011)
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Kav
How's this for an opening line: "If my life was a book, no one would read it." Told in first-person, Alice goes on to prove herself wrong in this funny and poignant and completely spell-binding story. I bonded with Alice on the very first page -- I mean how could I resist a passionate bibliophile with a penchant for getting into trouble? Alice may live in the pages of her beloved books when we first meet her but she quickly begins writing her own absorbing story when life happens...in a really b ...more
Cheryl Olson
Early on with my book reviewing I had to make a decision as to what criteria I would use with my marking system. I mean to be honest, there are so many great books out there by so many great authors that I could give everyone 5 stars and feel fine about it. But when I started to pay attention a bit more, I found that there were 2 things that really helped me pick out the 5 star books. The first was writing that truly transported me to that place created by the author that I just couldn’t wait to ...more
Shantelle Mary
Would you like something different than the standard Christian, historical-fiction? Well, then do pick up Wonderland Creek! :) This was a unique, sweet, and thoughtful tale, which I quite enjoyed!
I mean, who of us book addicts can't relate to blonde-haired, dreamy-eyed Alice of Illinois? She mundanely goes about her real life, and lives all her adventures in books. She has a boyfriend, but is she in love? No. She has a "best friend", but perhaps its only convenient for her; and her friend gets
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Carly
Oh my goodness! Are Lynn Austin’s books all this good? I have never read any of her books before Wonderland Creek and I can’t help but wonder what I have been missing out on all this time. My interest in this book started simple enough. Alice Grace is a book lover, well, that’s putting it mildly. I knew Alice was a girl after my own heart on page 23: “The books were stiff and spotlessly clean, with that incomparable new-book fragrance. Is there anything like it in the whole world? I’ve been know ...more
Elizabeth S
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did but it was wonderful. In fact it was on the top ten book list of 2012. I started reading it in the middle of a hospital during my Grandma's hip replacement surgery. So it must be good to hold my interest through all that.
Allie is a super fun character because I identified with her love of books. She reminds me of Catherine in Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Lily is one cool Grandma and I must say I want to steal her.
Then there is the love st
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Anna
Jul 25, 2014 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chrissie
Recommended to Anna by: My Mom
Alice Ripley lives in Blue Island, Illinois during the depression. She loves books, works in the local library and collects books for a small town library in Kentucky. Alice's boyfriend breaks up with her and she is laid-off from the library, so Alice decides to personally deliver the books she has collected to Acorn, Kentucky. She is transported into another world that she never knew existed. A world with no indoor plumbing, electricity or the conveniences she grew up with in Blue Island. She m ...more
Amber Stokes
Once upon a time a friend gave me the opportunity to visit The World's Fair in Chicago, as well as experience some quirky intrigue and sweet romance, by letting me borrow her copy of A Proper Pursuit. When the opportunity arrived to read Wonderland Creek, I dived in and discovered another great story that let me meander Kentucky trails during the Great Depression and find all sorts of crazy adventures.

Both of my experiences with Lynn Austin's work have been quite enjoyable! Wonderland Creek is a
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Casey
“Wonderland Creek” is one of those stories that I nearly laughed outright at the first chapter and found myself more than just a bit relating to the heroine of the novel, Alice Grace.

Alice has her nose stuck in a book and not a single thought planted in reality. She is one of those characters who has so far to grow and to grow up (ha!), but has a voice upon the page that drew me as a reader. And in many ways it was almost uncomfortable the similarities I found in her character and mine. (though
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Christy
Alice is probably one of my favorite characters in fiction. I could almost see her making her way up the mountain delivering so much more than just books. My first and hopefully not my last Lynn Austin. I have to admit what made this one special to me was the love of books in this most interesting read.
Judy
Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

What an excellent book! The first chapters I could not help but laugh out loud and towards the end the tears came. Between than there was mystery and suspense as well. The story is told from the view of Alice Grace Ripley, a twenty-two year old woman who is lost in her world of books. Her boyfriend of one year, Gordon, breaks up after he catches her reading during a funeral at his parents funeral parlor. He tells her she lives more in her world of fiction than the
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Cindy
Allie Ripley, is a spoiled young lady, who looses herself in books. The perfect job she could ever have in a library comes to a sad end, when the Depression causes the library board to cut the payroll expenses. Imagine her own surprise when she finds that she has invited herself to ride to Kentucky with her aunt and uncle, who are going to a spa treatment. She decides the books that she collected for her book drive can be hand delivered and she will spend the two weeks her relatives are at the s ...more
Laura
Title: WONDERLAND CREEK
Author: Lynn Austin
Publisher: Bethany House
October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0498-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical fiction

Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, with her nose stuck in a book. But the happily-ever-after she’s planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a fictional world instead of a real one. To tope it off, Alice loses her job at the library due to the Great Depression.

Longing to escape the gossip of her
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Maureen Timerman
What an outstanding book! Probably near the top of list...if there were more than 5 stars this story would rate that.
Alice Ripley is 22 years old and lives with her Mother and Pastor father in Blue Island, IL. When the story begins her boyfriend Gordon has just broken up with her and the ongoing Depression of the time, has caused her loss of employment. She had worked as a Librarian and had been collecting books for a poor mine town in KY. When she finds out that her Aunt and Uncle will be trave
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Melissa
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Jamie
Lynn Austin has been a favorite author of mine since I read the Chronicles of the Kings series. And Fire by Night? Amazing read, easily in my all time favorites. She is one of those authors I don’t need to really know what the book is about, I’ll probably read it anyway. Thus bringing me to Wonderland Creek. It’s a story about a girl who reads too much (wha??), preferring the world of books and fiction, ignoring the real world. She’s soon given the opportunity to deliver books to a poor area in ...more
Megan
It took me awhile to connect with the characters in this book, but once I did I had a deep affection for each of them.

Alice is a character I could especially relate to, but she was almost too naive in the beginning to be believable. When she arrived in Acorn it was so funny how she behave.

This story is more about Alice maturing and realizing there is more to life than sitting around reading books. There was a little romance in the book, but it plays a much smaller role than I was expecting it t
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Laura
I absolutely loved Wonderland Creek! I think it is probably one of the best realistic fictional books I have ever read!

The characters were wonderful and stirred my hearts in different ways due to what June Ann went through with Feather and Maggie’s sorrow of her husband and child! Miss Lillie was a work of art with all her wisdom and 100 year humor with love potions and rifle pointing!

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about packhorse librarians! It was so fascinating to read about and see a differ
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Yvonne
I love Lynn Austin's writing style. Her characters are well developed and the detail given to the time period and setting is amazing. I find her ability to create several characters, that have in-depth background stories, and interweave these stories into one is quite incredible. When reading Lynn's works I am always so drawn into that I cannot put them down until I have read the very last page. I loved Wonderland Creek and would recommend it to those that enjoy Christian Fiction, in-depth chara ...more
Emilee
This book was SO MUCH FUN to read! It totally kept my interest throughout the entire book. This book is fun, adventurous, compelling and sweet. It has interesting characters and did I say adventures? I enjoyed Alice's character, I could definitely relate to her. Miss Lillie's prayers and love potions made me smile.
I had read a book by Lynn Austin a couple of years ago that I didn't love and had just never pick up another by her. I decided to give this one a chance because of all the great revi
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Bethany
Even though I finished this book on June 1st, 2014 and I've still got half a year of reading to do as I write this review, I'm going to say that Wonderland Creek is my favorite book read in 2014. This was such a fantastic novel-it had heart, emotion, adventure and a girl who loves books. I really cannot tell you ever single thing that I liked about this novel as there were just too many things-but I'm saying it's my new favorite book and that title is hardly won on a whim.

Wonderland Creek remin
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Madilyn
I love this book. I'm so grateful to have it on my personal bookshelf so that I can go back and re-read it as often as I like. One of the best things about this novel is the wonderfully created characters, so I have made a list of a few of the main characters that appear throughout the story and their personality traits.



Alice Grace Ripley-

Alice is a ministers daughter that always has her nose in a book. Her family and friends are completely convinced that she lives in a non-existent dreamland,
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Sherri
Alice Ripley you're quite a gal!

At first I laughed and thought she was ditzy, living in books and a dream world all the time. But then it hit a little too close to home when "the books are spotlessly clean, with that incomparable new book fragrance. Is there anything like it in the whole world? I've been known to open new books and inhale the aroma like perfume."

I like how Austin really made her live out adventures in a small mountain town she thought she'd only find in books. Alice learned a lo
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Ruth
Alice Grace Ripley was perfectly happy with her life, consisting of a steady boyfriend and a job she adored at the local library. Never happier then when she's lost in the pages of a good book, Alice is content to live vicariously through the lives of ink-and-paper characters she meets on the page, certain that nothing in real life can surpass the joy and adventure she finds between the covers of a new novel. But Alice's happily-ever-after is not the foregone conclusion she's long-assumed, nor w ...more
Cafelilybookreviews
This is one of the most humorous historical fiction books that I can remember reading and is much different than any of Lynn’s other books that I have read. The main character in this story is a girl after my own heart!

She is a voracious reader and her love of books often causes mishaps when she becomes engrossed in a story. She daydreams and dawdles and has a way of irritating those around her. I laughed out loud many times while reading about Alice Grace Ripley. She reminded me of “Lucille Ba
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Sarah
This was a great story! It took me awhile to fully get into the story especially but once things got moving it was hard to stop reading, especially once Alice arrives in Kentucky and meets fellow librarian. It’s not your average run of the mill Christian romance/historical fiction book, but I think that is what adds to the charm. I like the look at how the people in the hills of Kentucky lived, I could almost see the newspapered walls, feel my bones ache with the description of all the physical ...more
Angela Bycroft
Wow - this little book took me completely by surprise. It wasn't what one would normally expect. No simple love story this - with your typical boy meets girl and then after much to-ing and fro-ing finally realize they were destined to be together.

Nope this little tale was a very different beast.

Alice Ripley is doing her dream job - working in a small town as a librarian, and she can't keep her nose out of a book. Even to the point of opening one such book during a funeral she's attending when th
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Paula Vince
I knew I'd enjoy this book as I've read other Lynn Austin novels. Although not one of my favorites of hers, it was still a pretty good read. I loved the setting of the Depression era and learned a lot about keeping a good attitude and being thankful right along with the heroine, Alice. There was a bit of a mystery which kept me turning pages. I really wanted to know why she was being held against her will by two characters we were supposed to like.

One of my main gripes was that the demand of the
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Faye
I was left completely wonderstruck. Wonderland Creek is now one of my most favorites books ever!


Alice is a young woman during the depression who eats, sleeps, pretty much lives on and in her books. Alice's world is turned upside down when she loses her dream job as a librarian due to the economic pressures, and to top it all off her funeral director boyfriend dumps her. Alice, in an effort ot get away from her woes, heads to the mountains of Kentucky to deliver boxes of donated books, to a smal
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Nancy
This is a very well written book that 1) gets into the head of the reader who befuddles her friends by using lesser known words, 2) creates a wonderful protagonist this reader could understand and relate to, 3) walks around depression era small town America and 4) provides insight to coal mining towns and share cropping. Both with their downfalls.

What Allie stumbles into is a small town suffering in the Great Depression. She also stumbles into the web of the coal mining business which kept the m
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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