Along a Storied Trail
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"Along a Storied Trail might be Gabhart's best book yet."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Moonlight School
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?
"Fabulous! This beautifully written book brings a little-known part of American history to life with characters so real they linger long after the last page is turned."--Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of Dreams Rekindled
"A story of resilience that we so deeply need in our times."--Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds and Stories That Bind Us
"Fabulous! This beautifully written book brings a little-known part of American history to life with characters so real they leap off the pages into readers' hearts and linger there long after the last page is turned. Along a Storied Trail is a story to savor, to ponder, and to read again and again."
Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of Dreams Rekindled
"Ann Gabhart has woven a tale of a feisty, endearing, and thoroughly memorable character, Tansy Calhoun, as she settles into her route as a WPA packhorse librarian in Depression-era Appalachia. Adventure, a romantic triangle (or two!), plus an unexpected natural disaster roil up, spilling into a dramatic, heart-pounding conclusion. Along a Storied Trail might be Gabhart's best book yet."
Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Moonlight School
"From the very first sentence of Along a Storied Trail, Ann H. Gabhart has hand-delivered a tale that will make readers feel right at home. With a voice that is every bit as distinct and special as Gabhart herself, the reader feels as though she's riding along with her new friend Tansy, seeing the beauty of Appalachia even amidst the hard times of the Great Depression, through loss, and adversity. This is a story of resilience that is not only representative of the 1930s, but a story of resilience that we so deeply need in our times."
Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds and Stories That Bind Us
"Gabhart's skillful use of period details and the Appalachian landscape lend plenty of atmosphere to accompany the lessons of hope, compassion, and fortitude amid hardship. This is her best historical inspirational yet."
Publishers Weekly starred review
"Gabhart crafts an absorbing story that deeply explores the rich tradition of storytelling."
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