The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson is the story of Honey Mary Angeline Lovett, daughter of Cussy Mary Lovett, the original Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.
The last of the Kentucky Bluets, Honey Lovett has her hard work cut out for her. Still, a teenager, when her parents, Cussy Mary and Jackson get arrested, Honey has to figure out a way to survive on her own and not get sent away to an institution.
Luckily for Honey, she finds a job as a Packhorse Librarian. It’s even the same route as her mamma’s old one and it pays much more than what Cussy used to make all those years ago. Now she just has to fight to stay on her own!
Fighting for emancipation, in addition to fighting cruelty, racism, and sexism, Honey stands on her own and never gives up. Sounds just like her mother!
What makes this book so special is not just the message, but the characters themselves. Honey Lovett’s spirit shines through, just like her mothers did. Always going out of her way to help others and fight for what is right. Then there’s Honey’s best friend Pearl, whose kindness and generosity bowled me over.
Beautifully written, this is a worthy sequel to the Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. While I didn’t love it quite as much as the first novel, I enjoyed it quite a lot.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley for the arc.