By Kim Michele Richardson
4 out of 5 stars
This story really touched me and made me think of how much reading and books can change anyone’s life. Cussy Mary is one of my favorite characters that I have read this year. She is not going to let anything stop her from delivering books along her route as a Pack Horse Librarian. Her clients are all poor people in Kentucky who don’t have enough to eat, let alone read. Cussy is called Bluet by most people because she is the color blue. (I honestly had to look up the blue people of Kentucky and it is fascinating.) You will be rooting for her to find her happily ever after because she is the kindest person. She will give up food for herself to help others. I love how she could convince even the most stubborn person to get into reading something. There really is something for everyone. My hats are off to all those people who rode their horse, their donkey, or a stubborn mule like the delightful Junia, to deliver books, magazines. They expanded the minds of those who would otherwise not have it.
I was in tears throughout the book. You will feel everything that Cussy feels. There were a few stories that really got to me, especially Angelica and little Henry. The poverty and racism will hit you right in your soul.
Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for a copy of this lovely book.