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Wonderland Creek

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,033 ratings  ·  724 reviews
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 breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real one. To top it off, Alice loses her beloved library job because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

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Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 2011 by Bethany House (first published 2011)
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Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Naomi Bennet
This review is shockingly late. I'm sorry friends. The truth is, I don't know WHAT to say about this book. It was so surreal, so fantastical, so beautiful, so...I just don't know. I don't know how to explain this book, I don't think it's even possible (I shouldn't even be allowed to review it, because I can feel I'm about to ramble and probably won't make much sense). I've never read a book like Wonderland Creek, that's for sure, but it's the kind of book I think everyone should try at least ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 a really ...more
Katie W
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, historical
"If my life were a book, no one would read it. People would say it was too boring, too predictable." Right from that very first line, I felt myself identify with Alice. I look at myself at times and wonder what I've accomplished in my life. Like Alice, I often find my nose in a book and love to escape "real" life and live the lives of fictional characters. As she unfortunately discovered, that kind of life can't protect a person from heartache. When her life falls apart, she comes up with a ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“If my life were a book, no one would read it. People would say it was too boring, too predictable. A story told a million times. But I was perfectly content with my life – that is, until the pages of my story were ripped out before I had a chance to live happily ever after.”

Austin has done it again. With Caroline from Candle in the Darkness, I was transported back in time, to Richmond, Virginia through the Civil War. Now, with Wonderland Creek, I found myself in a little town in Kentucky,
This book was absolutely adorable, and Alice (or Allie) is a heroine that I like very much simply because I could relate to her so well. Reading constantly day and night? Check. Terrified of horses? Check. Sometimes oblivious to the real world? Check. What I really loved most was her character growth because she started off whiny and entitled, but I was really impressed by how she grew up and changed for the better.

And another highlight of the book was Lillie. She's the best, and I absolutely
Jazzy [ jazbooked ]
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah Brown
Wonderland Creek is my first novel from Lynn Austin. If it's any hint of how I feel about Wonderland Creek, I am currently reading another novel from Lynn Austin right now. Austin is great at transporting her readers to the setting of the story, often a special time and place in US
history. I really enjoyed learning about the running of libraries during the early 1900’s and the women who would deliver books to their community. Imagine if we continued serving the community in this way today, how
Wow, this book was a pure delight to read and SO bookish. It made my little reader heart happy. After hearing some excellent things about this book from some dear friends of mine, I decided to look it up and see if my library had it. It did and I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle and delved into the story.

What I Liked: All of the characters were so very enjoyable. This book seriously reminded me of the "Christy" TV episode series with Alice Grace, the main character, in the backwoods of
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved certain aspects of this book...but the romance wasn't one of them The story was different than I was expecting though and I liked it. Lily was great! She had me laughing a lot I thought the end could have been a little bit better, but it was a nice read. ...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
Amanda Tero
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another book recommended me for a more research-type read than just pleasure. But I did enjoy this one. I’ve come to admire Lynn Austin as a steady voice in historical fiction, weaving in true notes throughout her entire story.

Alice was an endearing—yet sometimes frustrating—character. She begins in the book as a pampered girl lost in the world of literature. As the book progresses, she comes to earth through some crazy situations that require more than the book knowledge she possesses.

Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favorites
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookish-books
It was a fun book just the thing I wanted when I lay in a reading slump. It was all about a girl crazy about books. She reminded me of myself and that made it all the more interesting.Clean entertainment all the way .

Elizabeth S
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
When city-girl Alice Grace (Allie) Ripley volunteers to deliver donated books to the rural town of Acorn, Kentucky, she is transported from her dream world in books to a real life adventure, complete with buried treasure, a fake funeral, night time sleuthing, horse-back riding and a 100 year old town healer named Miss Lillie. It was fun to read Allie's journey to finding the gumption and adventurous spirit she didn't know she had, and each character along the way made the story even better!

Such a sweet, sweet read!
Catherine Hawthorn
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK. I went into book hangover after I finished it. It's that good.

What I liked:

- Alice. I wanted to shake her in the beginning because she was such a huge brat, but her character arc was super fantastic. Especially how she learned to wean herself off of technology (BE STILL, MY OLD-FASHIONED HEART).
- MISS LILLIE. She's one of my favorite characters.
- The tasteful manner in which post-partum depression, family feuds, and other complex adult issues were handled.
- How Ike and
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is officially one of my new favorite books.

I don't often meet a main character who I really identify with in books, but oh goodness, Alice Grace Ripley and I just might be the same person. (Minus her relationships and her dainty blonde loveliness and her coming from Illinois. Ahem.)

I used to be in that place where I was in church every time the doors were open but didn't have a personal relationship with the Lord. I also would have absolutely no idea what to do if you told me to ride
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
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
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
“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
Laura A. Grace
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
This is our book club's selection for June, 2017 and was highly recommended by my friend, Sandy. In her words - "you will love this book and it will be one of your all time favorites"! She was so right. The characters were well defined and I was able to visually "see" them. The plot was described in a way that it was believable.
Many times I found myself associating with the main character, Alice, based on our shared love of reading.
The book was filled with humor, lessons, love and sacrifice. A
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lynn Austin enthusiasts, teens,
Recommended to M by: Karen
Shelves: change-my-life
This book is AMAZING!!! I relate so much to the main character, Allie, which is why I think I love this book so much! It had an element of everything - romance, adventure, christian, etc. I learned a lot from this book such as trustworthy and perseverance, but I think the main theme is to be daring because you only have one life to live. Just think - Allie never would have helped Acorn if she never had been daring!
Victoria Goodbrand
Such a good story. Believe it or not, I read it when I was 8-9....??? Maybe I need to reread. After so many years.
Alicia Ruggieri
Review to come.
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Drew Graham
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
(It's a gentle 2 though, I would probably give it a 2.5.)

Alice Grace Ripley is a fairly sweet, but naive, shallow and somewhat selfish girl. She works in a library and would rather escape into the fantasy world of books than do just about anything else. Living in an Illinois city during the Great Depression, she manages to live a cushy life as a minister's daughter and enjoys the comforts of modern life. When her boyfriend (who works at the family business funeral parlor) decides he's had enough
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