Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Started: April 19, 2022
Finished: April 24, 2022
Thanks to Kim Michel Richardson and Sourcebooks Landmark for the chance to read this advanced copy in return for an honest review.
Honey Lovett is the last of the Blues, the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and she is learning to live on her own when her parents are taken into custody for violating the state's miscegenation laws. Honey is sent away to live with family friend Loretta in Troublesome Creek. After Retta's untimely death, Honey is left to figure out how she hides from the law, who wants to send her to reform school until she is 21 and take care of herself at the same time.
At this time, the Women of the Pack Horse Library Project is restarting in order to put more books into the hands of those who live in the Appalachian Mountains. Honey applies for and receives the job which allows her the chance to take care of herself. There is trouble brewing in Troublesome Creek thanks to the Gillis family and their ability to find trouble everywhere. This time though their need for trouble could cost Honey her freedom.
I loved this book as much as I loved its predecessor "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" which introduced us to the Pack Horse Library Project and the Blue people of Kentucky. The continued story of the Lovett family grabbed my attention from beginning to end and I was a bit sad when it did end. I can’t wait to see if there are further books about the book women.