Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Secret Place of Thunder Blog Tour & Giveaway by Alicia G. Ruggieri


About the Novella

The mountains have imprisoned her long enough...Edna Sue O’Connell came back to the Kentucky hills out of duty and can’t wait for the chance to escape again. Her work as a horseback librarian in rural Appalachia provides enough income for her invalid father to survive in the midst of the Great Depression, but it affords her with little else.

When an opportunity arises for Edna to take on an additional book delivery area, she spies a glimmer of hope that she might find a way out of Willow Hollow after all… and that she might actually make something of her life apart from the tragedy that has filled it thus far.

But the new routes give Edna more than she ever bargained for. Slowly, she finds that the mountains contain many valuable secrets – if she has the grit to meet them.


Edna Sue, a horseback librarian at Willow Hollow is confused, feeling trapped, and has lost her faith.

God uses the head librarian to try to bring her back to him, but she 
isn't convinced or ready.

The story is about how God uses others to get his message of acceptance, redemption, and love to those who are bitter and hurt.

The character of Edna Sue is courageous, stubborn, yet giving of herself. The writing style is easy to read, the characters well-developed, and the story is inspirational and uplifting.

I received an ARC from the author and choose to review it. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Alicia G. Ruggieri grew up breathing in the salty air of coastal New England. She now writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction from her home in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and sweet second-hand mutt. She loves old graveyards, dusty libraries, and excellent cannolis ~ not necessarily in that order.

About the Series

The Secret Place of Thunder is part of the Librarians of Willow Hollow multi-author novella collection. Each novella stands on its own but is connected to the others in this historical Christian fiction series set in 1930s Appalachia.

Other books in the Librarians of Willow Hollow series:

A Strand of Hope by Amanda Tero

I Love to Tell the Story by Faith Blum

Hearts on Lonely Mountain by A.M. Heath

Come along as four packhorse librarians find adventures outside the books they carry!


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  1. A traveling librarian, how awesome is that?!?!? This book really sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for being a part of this blog tour! :-)


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