Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart

Pages: 368

Publisher: Revell Company

Published: June 1, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Hardcover Public Library Book

Available Formats: Digital, Audio, Hardcover, and Paperback

My Review: What a book. Hours after finishing I am still thinking about it.

The characters were engaging and felt like real people I could go out and talk to. There were so many sayings that reminded me of my mama and grandparents that I had to stop and take a breath and look around. It felt like they were right next to me.

As other reviewers have mentioned, there have been many books in the last few years centered around packhorse librarians but this story was fresh. Not as dark and twisty as some.

Gabhart has a way of drawing the reader in with her characters that you lose all sense of time and location. I even listened to the audiobook and the narrator was enchanting.

A clean read with no language, sex, or violence.

From Goodreads: 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?

Saddle up for a heartfelt story of love–love of family, love of place, and the love of a lifetime–from bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart. 

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