, June 02, 2021
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Tansy Calhoun was blessed to be able to help her family with her paycheck as a packhorse librarian in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, especially after her dad took off looking for work. Most mountain girls her age were already married with a baby or two to care for, but Tansy figured there was no rush, after all she didn't even have a beau. Caleb Barton had left the mountain to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps after figuring Tansy was to marry another man. It wasn't until his brother's death brought him back to the mountain that he learned he'd figured wrong. The question the reader pursues the answer to is if and how will Caleb achieve his heart's desire with obstacles appearing all along his path. Secondary plot lines involving an unwed mother; a young widow; and a crotchety, old lady also spur the reader along. Gabhart does a wonderful job at including the culture of the place and time, valuing it and its differences from mainstream society.
I am grateful to have received a copy of Along a Storied Trail from Revell via NetGalley without obligation, and am happy to recommend it to fans of historical fiction and tales of Appalachia. All opinions expressed here are my own.