The Book Woman’s Daughter [Book Review]

May 3, 2022

The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson (cover) Image: an old pair of high top books sits on top of a stack of old hardback books

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction, Books About Books, Literacy, Appalachia, Kentucky, Librarians, Racism, Prejudice, Poverty

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My Summary:

…a stubbborn mule, a best friend, and a pajama party…

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Honey Mary Angeline Lovett is the daughter of the beloved pack horse librarian known as The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Honey faces discrimination as one of the “blue people” and is also fighting for her independence and emancipation because her parents have been imprisoned for breaking the law against mixed marriage. As Honey hides from the law and social services who seek to institulionalize her as a minor, she meets a few extraordinary women and follows in her mom’s footsteps to deliver books and the promise of literacy to the remote hollers of Appalachia.

My Thoughts:

A Follow Up: Even though The Book Woman’s Daughter is a follow up to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. However, reading the books in order will provide a richer reading experience. Because I loved the first book (5 Stars), I eagerly and cautiously looked forward to the second installment. Eager to return to the setting and characters and cautious because of the highest expectations. I loved the first book so much that I think it’s my favorite of the two.  The second installment is compelling, also, but in a slightly different way.

Time and Place: Through vivid descriptive details, Richardson transports us to 1950s Kentucky and into the mountains. We feel the povery, prejudice, desperation, cruelty, and injustice.

Characters: I love the richly drawn and complex characters in Richardson’s work and the compassion she demonstrates for them. I appreciate the themes of women helping women and sisterhood. Honey is determined and brave and fiercely independent as she escapes with her mule, desperate to secure her freedom and emancipation. I admire her passion and commitment.

Themes: Thoughtful themes include prejudice/racism, freedom/independence, literacy, hope, women supporting women, sisterhood, loyalty, friendship, justice, and community.

Highly Recommended: I’m enthusiastically recommending The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and its sequel The Book Woman’s Daughter for fans of well-researched and well-written historical fiction, for readers who love stories of inspirational women, for readers who love engaging and pageturning stories, and for those who live or have lived in Kentucky. Book clubs will enjoy both books for their rich discussion possibilities.

Content Consideration: domestic abuse

My Rating:  4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)

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Meet the Author, Kim Michele Richardson

Kim Michele RichardsonNYT and USA TODAY and L. A. TIMES bestselling author, Kim Michele Richardson resides in her home state of Kentucky. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child. Her novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field. The Sisters of Glass Ferry and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele latest novel out May 3.2022 is The Book Woman’s Daughter, both a standalone and sequel to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

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  1. Excellent review, Carol. Such a great duology. Cussy will always be the favourite, because she was the first.

  2. I keep hearing and seeing both books! Apparently I need these in my life!

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