About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart

Along a Storied TrailABOUT THE BOOK

Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn't mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in her books. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it--or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?

Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long she's nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others.

As is so often the case, it's easier to see what's best for others than to see what's best for oneself, and Perdita knows who Tansy should choose. But why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?

Saddle up for a heartfelt story of love--love of family, love of place, and the love of a lifetime--from bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart.


A passion for books and a love of reading are the motivation behind Tansy Calhoun's decision to take a job as a packhorse librarian, and these feelings are why I worked as a librarian for almost twenty-three years! I fully understand that “A day chin deep in words and stories seemed the next best thing to heaven to Tansy.” I can see why a person would be willing to ride a horse, in all kinds of weather, over the steep mountains, to take reading material to the people living in the hills of Eastern Kentucky!

Author Ann H. Gabhart has created many memorable characters for this wonderful story that is set in 1937. Tansy, unmarried at age twenty, but filled with hope that she will find the kind of love that she reads about in books. Caleb Barton, who's already found his special person, but doubts that she will ever feel the same. Perdita Sweet, Preacher Hiram, and the 'writer man' from the city who's come to learn their stories!

Gabhart paints a realistic picture of life in Kentucky during the Great Depression and she does so by using the dialect and culture that was common during that time and place. Along a Storied Trail is rich in history, brimming with romance, and overflowing in faith. I recommend it to all who enjoy historical romantic fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and she still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. She has also written two books about Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service: These Healing Hills and An Appalachian Summer. 

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