The Giver of Stars

“There is always a way out of a situation. Might be ugly. might leave you feeling like the heart has gone and shifted under your feet. But you are never trapped…”

I extend my sincere thanks to Pamela Dorman Books and Jojo Moyes for gifting me an advanced copy of The Giver of Stars. 

“Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job—bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.”

As a native Kentuckian, I was immediately drawn to this storyline. I have lived in this beautiful state for 31 years and had never heard of the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. How is that even possible? You would think that in all my school-age years, I would’ve heard something about these amazing women. 

“Maybe just to know that something this beautiful exists is all we can really ask for.”

I sat down to start reading this book and was mesmerized by Moyes’ writing style. I have read her other books but this one.. this one is something special. Maybe it’s because I’m from Kentucky and have walked the hills of the Appalachian Mountains but I was truly transported to the world within the pages of The Giver of Stars. It was poetic and mesmerizing. I didn’t want to put the book down, but I also needed to savor every page. I didn’t want to fly through such a beautiful story.

Since finishing the book, I have raved about it to just about anyone who will listen. I have even gone as far as to say that it is tied with Where the Crawdads Sing as my favorite book. It has taken me a few days to be able to put into words just how much I loved this book and, yet, I still don’t believe I am doing it justice. 

I will not forget the incredible women of this book for a very long time. 

Thank you, Jojo Moyes, for bringing to light a page in Kentucky’s history that I was unaware of. I am forever grateful for the time and thought that you put into writing this book. 

Once again, I extend my sincere thanks to Jojo Moyes and Pamela Dorman Books for gifting me an advanced copy of this book. The Giver of the Stars is out in bookstores now! 

“Hold your soul open for my welcoming. Let the quiet of your spirit bathe me, With its clear and rippled coolness, That, loose-limbed and weary, I find rest, Outstretched upon your peace, as on a bed of ivory.”

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