Lynn Austin's Wonderland Creek
Christian fiction is a genre that doesn't get nearly as much attention is deserves. If you've never read Christian fiction novels you are missing out. I don't read as much of it as I could but I keep hearing great things about author Lynn Austin. Her latest novel, Wonderland Creek was recommended to me and after reading a few reviews, including this one at A Fair Substitute for Heaven, I found myself on my library's website attempting to request a copy. The reviews had me at mobile librarians who deliver books by horseback.
Alice is an immediately recognizable figure to all of us bookish types. She is a true bibliophile: most enraptured by her eventual hero when she finds he lovingly caresses and smells the pages and leather of a book much in the same way she treasures her own. The mystery and espionage as well as the greater statement against corrupt mine officials and the forming of unions make this a heart-palpitating story that will be difficult to put down. I read it in two sittings and was riveted the entire time. This is not uncommon for me as I dive head-first into one of Austin's captivating yarns.
As well as writing jump-off-the-page heroines and wonderfully-written tales, Austin reigns supreme when it comes to painting delicious heroes. She is a master of slow-churning, hard-won romance and some of her heroes (all decidedly different; yet made of the same, stern, strong and moral stuff that pulses through each of her books) are my favourite in all of Christian fiction.