The Book Woman's Daughter; Kim Michele Richardson
Sourcebooks - 2022
Last year our book group read and discussed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and most everyone loved the story. As a result I couldn't wait to read book #2 in the series: The Book Woman's Daughter.
Set in Kentucky (15) years after book #1 ends, Honey Lovett is the (16) year old daughter of Cussy Mary Carter Lovett who worked as a Packhorse Librarian in 1930s Appalachia, delivering books to eager readers upon her mule Junia. Cussy was a bluet, a blue-skinned woman with a condition called methemoglobinemia. Cussy married a white man and their marriage earned them a prison sentence for miscegenation. Honey's parents prepared her for what they feared was to come and sent her away with Junia, the mule, to keep her out of orphanages until she reached adulthood. As luck would have it Honey is hired to take over her mother's packhorse job and like her mother she is doing something she loves but, not everyone is thrilled when she arrives with the books.
I thought the author did a good job with this sequel and although this could be read as a standalone, I do recommend that readers try the first book of the series. IMO, the first book gives a lot of good background information about the packhorse library program and the people of Appalachia as well. This book was a good read with a few nice minor characters but, I liked the first book a bit better. Like the first book this story covered several tough issues: poverty, domestic violence, prejudice and illiteracy. I thought the ending was satisfying.
NOTE: I borrowed this book from my public library
RATING - 4/5 stars