REVIEW: Along A Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart

Monday, June 14, 2021

Hey everyone!  Today I'm pumped to share this book review courtesy of JustRead Tours and Revell Books!  This is a Christian historical fiction novel featuring an endearing packhorse librarian, her family, and some pretty interesting twists and turns.  



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?



Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many books for both adults and young adults. Her books cover several genres from historical to small town family stories to cozy mysteries (mysteries published with author name A.H. Gabhart). Her ideas are sparked by events in Kentucky history and by experiences in her own family. Her first Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award, and These Healing Hills was the Faith, Hope & Love Readers' Choice Women's Fiction Book of the Year.

Ann lives on a Kentucky farm not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann enjoys hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dogs, Frankie and Marley. See more about her books at or join the conversation on her Facebook page,


I absolutely loved this book.  The historical aspects, the dialogue, the true-to-the-Appalachians features really brought this book to life, and the characters just seem to hop right out of the pages.  The story is memorable for sure, and there are plenty of different situations going on throughout the book that will definitely keep readers invested in the storyline.  It certainly kept my attention!  I ended up reading the majority of it in one sitting.  The themes in the book are intricately woven and realistic for each character, and it's generally just a great book.  Its Christian themes are present throughout the book and integral for a few characters' development, but those themes are given to the reader thoughtfully, without it seeming too "preachy" or out of place. Very masterfully written!  I definitely loved this book, and if you enjoy historical fiction, you'll most likely enjoy it as well. 

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