Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wonderland Creek
Bethany House (October 1, 2011)
Lynn Austin


For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.

Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.

Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.

Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. And two of her inspirational fiction books were chosen by Library Journal for their top picks in 2003, and 2005. One of Lynn's novels has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.


Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend, Gordon, breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real world. Then to top it off, Alice loses her beloved job at the library because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.

Fleeing small-town gossip, Alice heads to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the library in the tiny coal-mining village of Acorn. Dropped off by her relatives, Alice volunteers to stay for two weeks to help the librarian, Leslie McDougal.

But the librarian turns out to be far different than she anticipated--not to mention the four lady librarians who travel to the remote homes to deliver the much-desired books. While Alice is trapped in Acorn against her will, she soon finds that real-life adventure and myster--and especially romance--are far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Wonderland Creek, go HERE.

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Note: Sometimes you will find missing posts for bloggers. The main reason is that their book has been delayed. We do not expect a review if they haven't had the opportunity to read the book :-) Check the comments for additional posters and follow our list of bloggers for this tour:

Abi at Scraps of Life
Adam at Meaningful Suspense
Amber at Seasons of Humility
Amy at Bow of Bronze
Amy at My Life
Andie at Radiant Light
Angela at All Grown Up
April at Projecting A
Barbara at A Life Of Contentment
Betsy Ann at Betsy Ann "Writer at Large!"
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Camy at Camy's Loft
Carla at Carla's Writing Café
Carly at Carlybird's Home
Carol at Blogging With Carol
Casey at Writing For Christ
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Charity at Giveaway Lady
Cheryl at Writing Remnants
Christine at The IE Mommy
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Deborah at Country At Heart
Debra at Soul Reflections
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Ernie at Writing: My Adventures In Words
Georgiana at Georgiana D
Hannah at Word Lily
Heidi at Reviews And Reflections
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jendi at Jendi's Journal
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Joy at Splashes of Joy
Julia at Thou Art Jules
Julie at My Own Little Corner of The World
Kathleen at Reviews From The Heart
Kay at Views & Reviews by K
Kristi at Stamped With Grace
Lauri at Knits, Reads, and Reviews
Linda at Reading For His Glory
Lori at Noggin Bits
Lynetta at Open Book
Lynn at Ladybug Chronicles
Margaret at Creative Madness Mama
Margaret at Creative Madness Mama
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Molly at Book Reviews by Molly
Nora at Finding Hope Through Christian Fiction
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Pattie at FreshBrewedWriter
Becky at Becky's Book Reviews
Ruth at Booktalk & more...
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Pattie said...

Scheduled for tomorrow morning: freshbrewedwriter.blogspot.com

Amber S. said...

Review to be posted tomorrow (Wednesday) at:


Loved the book! :)


Lynetta said...

Mine's up. Great book!

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.

Nora St. Laurent said...

My post will be up soon by Late tonight. I have it scheduled! I'm behind and mixed up the dates on a few of my tours YIKES!!

I don't have a review but will make a comment and post a review as soon as I finish the book!

Nora St.Laurent
Finding Hope Through Fiction

Ernie W. said...

Post is up.

Betsy St. Amant said...

Posted for tomorrow - Thursday!!

Ruth said...


A Cooking Bookworm said...

LOVED this book! Wonderfully imaginative! My post is up with review!

SmilingSally said...

Hi Bonnie,

Here's my review:


Jim Thompson said...

CFBA review and personal comment posted at One Small Stone.

Thou Art Jules said...

Loved this story! Review is scheduled to post on friday :-) Thanks!

Charity said...

Scheduled to go up tomorrow morning. Loved this one!


Heart2Heart said...

Never received the book but the review is up and posted. Hoping I get this one soon, as the reviews sound amazing!


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Brittanie said...


Casey said...

Scheduled to post w/ review on 10/20

Jasmine said...

Scheduled to post tomorrow!

Deborah said...

i'm up with my review

CarlybirdK said...



Adam Blumer said...

Posted. http://adamblumer.blogspot.com/2011/10/wonderland-creek-by-lynn-austin.html

carla stewart said...


Cheryl Klarich said...


IE Mommy said...


Georgiana said...


Sally Bradley said...

I'm up.

Pam @ Daysong Reflections said...

Posted with short review. http://www.daysongreflections.com//?p=9655

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up with review

Lynn said...


MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...



Shauna said...

Mine is up.

Joy Hannabass said...

Posted here......

April Erwin said...

My review copy never arrived, but the post is up. If the book shows up, I'll post a review later.

Tarasview said...

my blog was hacked into this past week but I think it is all fixed now SO I posted this today. I tried posting it on time but the hacker deleted posts. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to comment....posted!