Happy Friday, Readers! Today we’re talking about book two in the Librarians of Willow Hollow series, AKA one of my favorite things to come out of this year! I Love to Tell the Story introduces us to Lillian Sullivan, a kind young woman who leaves her dying home town of Castle Rock, Montana to tackle the challenge of being a horseback librarian in Willow Hollow, Kentucky. She’s a bit older and more mature than Lena, the protagonist from the first book, and brings a dedicated perspective on Christianity and Christian love which the town has not seen.
This book released on Tuesday, August 18.
About the Book
Title: I Love to Tell the Story (Librarians of Willow Hollow #2)
Author: Faith Blum
Genre: Historical Fiction (Great Depression Kentucky)
Synopsis: Her heart is in the right place…
Bored with her life in Castle Town, Montana, Lillian Sullivan follows her friend’s suggestion and joins the horseback librarian program in rural Kentucky. Not only does she anticipate sharing her love of books, but she also wants to spread the gospel among the mountain people.
However, Willow Hollow presents her with one trouble after another and she struggles to step outside her shyness to share the gospel.
What will it take for Lillian to share her love of the Best Story? Can the power of the gospel overcome the shyness of her own heart?
This novella is part of a series with different authors, but can easily be read as a standalone.
Link to Purchase: Various Ebook Formats (paperback coming soon)
Compared to the first book in this series, I Love to Tell the Story plays less to the reader’s sympathy and more to the Christian’s sense of responsibility and love. Like many who grow up in an area saturated with Christianity and then find themselves surrounded by people with drastically different beliefs, Lillian struggles to balance sharing her joy with avoiding offending anyone.
Her story intersects with that of a bitter old man named Crow, who needs love and companionship more than he knows. Throughout their acquaintance and other interactions Lillian has with the people of Willow Hollow, she learns a lot about her own faith, herself, and respecting the people around her.
I didn’t find myself as caught up in this story as I did in A Strand of Hope, but in some ways it is easier to read. I liked getting to know Lillian and her host family, especially knowing about something from the epilogue of A Strand of Hope! It only took me two days to read through this novella, and although it is short, I found it lacking in nothing! We learn more about the town and people, but now I want to know even more about its history! How has Willow Hollow held on here for so long? Is there any major industry in the area? And, as I stated in my review of A Strand of Hope, Why is “the Building” called “the Building”??
I Love to Tell the Story is a wonderful novella, perfect for fans of Christian historical fiction! As a bonus, there is not even a hint of romance here, which can sometimes be difficult to find in Christian fiction. The author does a beautiful job blending religious and historical themes, combining Lillian’s background and unique personality with the new-to-her landscape of the Appalachians and the culture she finds therein. I highly recommend I Love to Tell the Story for anyone who wants to read about librarians who came to the Kentucky pack horse librarian project from significant distances, Christian fiction readers who want an easy-to-read and edifying story, or anyone who enjoys fiction set in the Great Depression.
About the Author
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #2 overall in Kindle eBooks on Amazon.
Faith resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking, doing dishes, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband and son. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website: faithblum.com.
US Only Giveaway Includes:
2 bags Peppermint Tea
1 limited edition mug
Paperback of I Love to Tell the Story
Paperback of All the Way My Savior Leads (about Lillian’s grandfather)
A full eBook set of the entire series!
Blog Tour Schedule
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Blog Tour intro
A Brighter Destiny – Book Spotlight
In the Bookcase – Book Review
Amanda Tero – Author Interview
Old-Fashioned Book Love – Book Review
Nook of Grace – Book Review and Author Interview
Jane Mouttet – Book Review
Clothed with Scarlet – Book Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Similarities
Reviews from the Stacks – Book Review <- You are here! ⭐
Christian Author: A.M. Heath – Book Spotlight
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Blog Tour wrap-up and giveaway winner
This evening starts my first “synchronous weekend.” That’s academic jargon for what would be an in-class weekend if the world were normal, but since it isn’t, we’re having class over Zoom. Thankfully, it looks like things will be broken up into approximately two hour blocks, so I won’t be sitting in the same spot all day with no break. I’m looking forward to the learning and interactions (well, mostly I’m looking forward to them – my introverted side isn’t 100% enthusiastic though, to tell the truth!), but I would still prefer to be sitting astride a horse alongside Lillian as she delivers books in the mountains!
Are there any books, horses, or mountains in store for you this weekend? I hope you will make I Love to Tell the Story part of it! I am so glad I found this series, and that I get to be part of the release celebration!
Until the next chapter,