Review – Along a Storied Trail – historical fiction

Gabhart, Ann H. Along a Storied Trail. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2021.

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Summary from the publisher

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 the books she loves. 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 that 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. Perdita knows who Tansy should choose, but why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?

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My Review of Along a Storied Trail

As a former school librarian, I am intrigued by the packhorse librarians of the 1930’s. So when I have a chance to read a book about this segment of our history – I look forward to it. Ann H. Gabhart and Along a Storied Trail did not disappoint me. Gabhart wrote a story based on facts and included many details of the work programs instituted by the government during this time. I would have liked to see an historical note at the end with more “non fiction” information about the programs mentioned in the book.

Readers will enjoy getting to know Tansy and her job as packhorse librarian. Ann Gabhart weaves in information about the life of the people in the hills of Kentucky during this time. We also learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corps as Caleb’s story unfolds. The character of Damien shows us about the writing projects of that era. The relationships shared through the story grow and change as the situations of the characters change. 

Along a Storied Trail is a well-written story. I recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction.

While Along a Storied Trail is an adult novel, it would be appropriate in a K-12 Christian school library. I think middle schoolers and above would enjoy the story.I received a complimentary copy of Along a Storied Trail. This is my honest review.

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