The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"I've been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . . It's such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together." -- Reese Witherspoon

From the author of Me Before You , set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond

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 Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they're committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--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.

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Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780399562501
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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EARRRRRR
Nov 14, 2020

It takes more than lost love to deter a fierce-spirited English wife in a Kentucky town to forget herself. As part of a traveling horse-back librarians, Alice befriends "dangerous" women, who accept Alice for who she is. A distant husband, volatile father-in-law and flood are just a few obstacles Alice faces. Moyes beautifully captures the story of a woman who finds her true spirit out in the barren hills of Kentucky.

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reedjc1
Oct 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a start-up library in rural Kentucky. The librarians are all female and ride horses into the mountains to deliver books to those who rarely come to town. Most of the characters are likable and the dialog rang true. My only issue is that Bennett, Alice's husband, was not fleshed out enough. I never understood his motivation for marrying her in the first place but other than that, I thought it was a good read.

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Oct 20, 2020

A phenomenal historical fiction that I highly recommend! Jojo Moyes writes so beautifully and the characters are so engaging!

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felixoscar1040
Oct 17, 2020

Had never read Moyes before. A little romancey, but surprisingly interesting, good

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Trixie_reads
Oct 12, 2020

I imagine listening to the audiobook made this more enjoyable for me than if I'd read this. It was more a romance than historical fiction, and I'm not a big romance fan. It was interesting, but had some "too good to be true" characters that made me roll my eyes.

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JWC214
Oct 09, 2020

This was a very enjoyable read. Not extraordinary but a good story. The plot was predictable and tied up neatly and quickly by the last sentence. The characters were pretty well drawn and a bit above a typical romance novel.

FPL_John Oct 06, 2020

I don't usually read romances, but I enjoyed The Giver of Stars. It had a lot of interesting history in it and I enjoyed that the setting is one I don't know much about. I never know about the pack horse library initiative and the book really show what a benefit it was to that area. The story and characters were also good. You really start rooting for them once you see that challenges they face.

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sgowens1
Sep 20, 2020

One of the best books that I've read in a long time. As I read it, I was oblivious to all else. I just love her books!

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beaches4evr
Sep 03, 2020

Love this book! "harpreads" review (scroll down to July 9) says it very well. A subject I knew nothing about, strong women friendships, and triumph over adversity are a few reasons why this is a wonderful read!

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ianapoli
Aug 08, 2020

I enjoyed this book BUT. (1) poorly edited. Eucalyptus trees in northern Kentucky? don't think so.... (2) much more seriously, there are some strong indications that this book was heavily plagiarized from another author, less well known and using a publishing company that is related to Pamela Dorman Books - Viking. Look it up on the internet. I am very disappointed in this author. Kinda wondered how a woman from suburban London knew so much about Kentucky history. well.............
READER BEWARE!!!

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wwolf
Feb 14, 2020

"Look outwards, Alice," Margery would say, her voice carrying on the breeze. "Not much point worrying what the town thinks about you--nothing you can do about that anyway. But when you look outwards, why, there's a whole world of beautiful things."

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