Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Release Day! The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson ~ My Thoughts #TheBookWomansDaughter @KimMicheleRichardson @Bookmarked

Happy Release Day!

Congratulations Kim Michele
on the release today of
The Book Woman's Daughter!

The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
Small Town & Rural Fiction, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2022 by Sourcebooks Landmark

Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Mary Angeline Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free.

In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famed blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.

Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive, but the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way. If Honey wants to bring the freedom that books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.


My thoughts about The Book Woman's Daughter ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"They still call her Book Woman, having long forgotten the epithet for her cobalt-blue flesh, though she's gone now from these hills and hollers, from her loving husband and daughter an endearing Junia, her patrons and their heartaches and yearnings for more."

I loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and was excited to see that the author continued the story with the Book Woman's daughter, Honey. 

Honey finds herself alone after her parents are taken away to prison. She is underage so she should be sent to the children's home, essentially a prison for kids. When the library director offers her the opportunity to fill the role of the packhorse librarian and with the support of the friends she has on the mountain, she is able to hide out and stay out of 'prison'. But her life is not without trials and tribulations. It's a hard life for sure. And not everyone out there is a friend.

The Book Woman's Daughter is a beautifully written, heartwarming story about the love of books and the love of people supporting each other. This is a must-read for all lovers of books and reading. I highly recommend both The Book Woman's Daughter and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

I received an ARC of The Book Woman's Daughter from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author


The NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Kim Michele Richardson is an multiple-award winning author and has written four works of historical fiction, and a bestselling memoir.

Her latest critically acclaimed novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek has earned a 2020 PBS Readers Choice, 2019 LibraryReads Best Book, Indie Next, SIBA, Forbes Best Historical Novel, Book-A-Million Best Fiction, and is an Oprah's Buzziest Books pick and a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. It was inspired by the real life, remarkable "blue people" of Kentucky, and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librarians who used the power of literacy to overcome bigotry and fear during the Great Depression. The novel is taught widely in high schools and college classrooms.

Her forthcoming fifth novel, The Book Woman’s Daughter is both a stand-alone and sequel to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and will be published May 3, 2022. Born in Kentucky, Kim Michele lives with her family there and is the founder of Shy Rabbit. ~ Goodreads

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