Brilliant. Sometimes I regret sticking to crime fiction, and this is one of those times. Well, someone dies and someone goes to prison, but that’s not really what this enchanting story is about.
Meeting handsome American, Bennett Van Cleve, touring with his father in England, Alice marries him and escapes to the wilds of Kentucky with them. Soon her world sours and she regrets her impulsive decision, until she meets the gutsy Margery O’Hare who bows to nobody.
Margery has started a horseback library and together with three other women deliver books and magazines to the far-flung cottages in the wild mountain country in all weathers to accomplish their goal: to spread literacy and the love of books. Against her father-in-laws wishes, Alice joins the team and gets to love the forests, hills and people. Changing the lives of both children and adults is all the reward they need; but sometimes it is a battle against social prejudice.
And sometimes a vindictive few who find Margery and her team a threat whom they are determined to quash, will go to extreme lengths to eradicate their endevours.
I admit I would never have selected this book by choice, suspecting it to be less than exciting, but thanks to Penguin Random House – SA for sending this ARC. An un-putdownable delight.
A Michael Joseph Imprint, ISBN 9780718183233.