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secret place of thunder

And the fourth book in the Librarians of Willow Hollow is out! I canNOT recommend this series enough!

The mountains have imprisoned her long enough…

Edna Sue O’Connell came back to the Kentucky hills out of duty and can’t wait for the chance to escape again. Her work as a horseback librarian in rural Appalachia provides enough income for her invalid father to survive in the midst of the Great Depression, but it affords her with little else.

When an opportunity arises for Edna to take on an additional book delivery area, she spies a glimmer of hope that she might find a way out of Willow Hollow after all… and that she might actually make something of her life apart from the tragedy that has filled it thus far.

But the new routes give Edna more than she ever bargained for. Slowly, she finds that the mountains contain many valuable secrets – if she has the grit to meet them.

The fourth book in the series did not disappoint! I loved this glimpse into Edna Sue’s life — the most stand offish of all the librarians. I didn’t really care for the glimpse of her that I got from eh previous three books . . . but after reading this one, I understood her a bit better, felt compassion towards her, and enthusiastically cheered her on when ________ happened :D =)

I have never read anything by Alicia Ruggieri before, but after this, I want to read more of her books. The writing style was lovely, the description was perfect, and I loved how well this blended into the previous books in the series. I’m gonna say that this one *could* be a stand alone, but why read just one of these lovely books? I’ve learned so much about life in the Kentucky Mountains, and I’ve been searching for more books about this region and time era. I’m a southern girl, who knows nothing about this history — and that’s a terrible thing!

Anyways . . . this one has a few intense scenes, and Edna Sue questions why the Lord allowed certain thins too happen to her. I would recommend this one to girls who are strong in their faith and already have a rather firm foundation — and for those who aren’t going to be bothered by the intensity of some of the scenes. This is more of a maturity thing than an age thing, so I’m not giving an age here =) There is *some* extremely light romance in the book — you have a guy who is interested in a girl, and a girl who wants to be self-dependent. Nothing gushy, at all, and nothing I wouldn’t hand to my 15 year old sister.

To celebrate this release, Alicia is giving away an Appalachian music CD, a mini Appalachian Breakfast soy candle, and a set of whimsical bronze bookmarks! (Due to shipping costs, the giveaway is limited to the continental U.S.)

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About the Author:

Alicia G. Ruggieri grew up breathing in the salty air of coastal New England. She now writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction from her home in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and sweet second-hand mutt. She loves old graveyards, dusty libraries, and excellent cannolis ~ not necessarily in that order.

About the Series:

The Secret Place of Thunder is part of the Librarians of Willow Hollow multi-author novella collection. Each novella stands on its own but is connected to the others in this historical Christian fiction series set in 1930s Appalachia.

Other books in the Librarians of Willow Hollow series:

A Strand of Hope by Amanda Tero

I Love to Tell the Story by Faith Blum

Hearts on Lonely Mountain by A.M. Heath

Come along as four packhorse librarians find adventures outside the books they carry! 


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I am very thankful for Alicia sending me a copy of this book to read! It was delightful, and I enjoyed getting to know this last horseback librarian! Join in the tour with the other delightful people who re sharing about this book:


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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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