The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
“Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes was a real treat to read, with a powerful message of friendship and what it takes to follow your passion in order to help others less fortunate. Beatifically written, this story is set in the Great Depression in Kentucky where a group of women set up a pack horse library to share books to those who would never otherwise be able to access them. It’s a perilous journey but these women are dedicated to their mission.
What makes this story even more special to me, is that it’s based on a real life pack of feisty women who actually did this during the 1930-40s! Although this story is fictional, I am sure what they went through during that time period – with the rough terrain, the racism, and lack of gun laws, (to name but a few things) we’d be hard pressed to find many people offering to do the same thing these days, under those same conditions.
This was so well written, from the abuse English woman Alice received by her father-in-law and her weak minded husband, to the unconventional library leader Margery O’Hare’s murder trial, this book has got it all! I’ll be honest, what started out for me as just a historical fiction book, became one of my favourite books this year!
Would make a perfect gift for anyone looking for an entertaining story where strong women prevail, against all odds, (and there were several!) during a time where men practically owned them. Superb!
Thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for my ARC copy, this is my unbiased honest review of this book – I loved it!
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium
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.
Have you read this book? Does it sound like one you’d like to read?
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