The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardsonwas one of my favorite reads back in 2019, so the minute I saw the ARC on Netgalley for The Book Woman's Daughter, I knew I had to read it. Much like the original, the book does not disappoint.
Cussy and Jackson have been settled for years, raising their adopted daughter, Honey. Despite Cussy being a blue person and Honey the result of a mixed marriage, the family is happy in their lives albeit reclusive. When Cussy and Jackson are sent to prison for violating the terms of their probation on miscegenation laws, Honey returns to Troublesome Creek. She resumes her mother's role as a packhorse librarian, delivering books and hope to rural Kentuckians, while fighting to ensure she can stay free to live her own life.
For fans of the first book, The Book Woman's Daughter makes a wonderful sequel, yet it could stand alone for those just meeting the characters. It includes all the small town issues from the first book, the exclusion and prejudice against the blue people, and Honey's (and Cussy's) determination to ensure that the local population is able to enjoy literacy.
The Book Woman's Daughter releases on May 3, 2022.