Along a Storied Trail

Title: Along a Storied Trail
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3721-4

“Maybe she was destined to be another Aunt Perdie with nothing but maybes or might-have-beens,” Tansy ponders in Ann H. Gabhart’s novel, Along a Storied Trail.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a tale of finding love and contentment in a small rural community. With no profanity, topics of abuse, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes two chapters of another book by the author, acknowledgments, biography, and advertisements.

In this story based in the Kentucky mountains during the Depression, unmarried twenty-year-old Tansy takes her job seriously as a packhorse librarian who delivers books to remote homes. Being a lover of words, she wonders if she will find true love, especially when an outlier from New York appears, wanting her to show him the history of the area. As she visits from house to house passing out books, many of the residents visited must make decisions that alter lives and she must decide what she truly wants.

~ Why ~
This is a fast read that sucks the reader in as Tansy goes from house to house delivering books to the young and old. A local boy who has always had his eye on one girl, an old woman who finds peace, a young girl in need, and a woman who is seeking answers focus on trusting the Lord to find happiness. I deeply appreciate how the Word of God was naturally intertwined among the residents’ lives.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like tales about the Depression, heartbreak, or losing loved ones may want to pass on this read. Non-believers may not care for its religious content, yet it is core to living life. Others may not prefer its many characters, but the writer does an excellent job describing their different personalities, problems, and hopes.

~ Wish
With many Bible verses added, it would have been nice to have the eternal plan of salvation clearly stated. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like reading a story of learning to be confoundedly content, this is an engaging read about sparking romances in the beautiful mountains full of chestnut trees in the Appalachians.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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