Set in Kentucky during the depression, we get to meet five women who became known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. The story mostly focuses on Alice Van Cleve who came to America with her new husband Bennett Van Cleve, and finds life isn't exactly what she envisioned. Desperate for some escape from her restrictive home environment, Alice is one of the first volunteers for Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library and finds a life she never knew she needed.
Margery O'Hare has a deep love of books and her hometown, but struggles with the family reputation that has been saddled to her. She is deeply committed to the traveling library initiative and quickly becomes a leader for the other women with her unconventional ways.
I felt that this novel had all the elements for an enjoyable and memorable book. The characters were unique and well developed. The historical fiction aspect was compelling and timely. The plot had adventure, mystery, and intrigue with the right amount of romance. A strong four star read for me. I very much enjoyed learning more about the Packhorse Librarians and definitely would recommend this book.
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.