The Giver of Stars
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 claustro...more
This amazing, fantastic, funny, heartwarming, emotional, genuine book gave me HOPE, HAPPINESS, made me SO RELIEVED ...more
I was so excited to see that Ms. Moyes had chosen to write a historical fiction novel and was fortunate enough to obtain an advanced readers copy. It is different from her previous contemporary women’s fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book is a quick read, the prose flows beautifully and the plot moves along at a good pace. I found the characters to be well developed, interesting and unique.
As you all know from the blurb this book is based on the 1930’s Horseback Lib ...more
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt started a traveling library program and many women answered the call to become traveling librarians. Women traveled on horseback to bring books to those living in rural areas. From the years of 1936 to 1940 over 100,000 people were brought books.
Recently married, Alice (Wright) Van Cleve, has moved from England to her new ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I did enjoy the author's Me Before You but didn't feel the need to carry on with the two follow up books. Some stories are better left alone. The Giver of S ...more
Diverse young women, their saddlebags full of books, preparing to ride out in vast and often unfriendly terrain or reading to families who had nothing?
Books + librarians + strong diverse women + horses + mountains + hardships + incredible unexplored history + great characters = me being the victim of a very brutal robbery!
I have to be honest, I've read
Anyone who has read a jojo moyles book knows that, in reality no reviews of a new book by her are needed as her writing is the biz 😎
I had no idea what this book was about ( just the author was enough for me to want to read and review ) and so when I read the intro was surprised to read the book is based on a group of women in Kentucky in the late 1930’s who, via horseback, start a library to help encourage people in remote areas to read, it wasn’t I thought, probably a book for me but of course ...more
Five women risk long rides everyday over inhospitable terrain in all weathers to bring, books and magazines to poor people living far from town with little or no transport. People are wary of them and they have to take time to earn their trust. Other people in the township are against their e ...more
Incredible unexplored history meets well honed characters you become fully devoted to~
plus throughout the story Moyes weaves incredible literary passages, newspaper or journal snippets, which helps illustrate the journey the characters are living with beguiling clarity.
For fans of the unyielding frontier heroism, for readers of layered history, and incredible character growth and connection - as well as those who adore and/or have never r ...more
Alice Wright jumps at the chance to leave her boring life in England behind and quickly marries American Bennett Van Cleve. She assumes life as a married women will be far more interesting, she has no idea her husband lives in such a remote area and shares a house with his father.
When she arrives in Kentucky she discovers they will be living ...more
Then I fell for the characters, was pulled into each of their lives. W ...more
I've always wanted to read this author's books since they came to my attention with the movie adaption of Me Before You, but the content of that one had me nervous because I don't reach for those heartbreaker type of stories. ...more
GIVER OF THE STARS is different than the contemporary fiction that Moyes has written in the past. However even though this novel is based on true events and people it is Moyes's rich character development and the story line of these ladies that drives the novel.
I knew little of the WPA library but love that i learned more about it from reading this novel. The strength and fortitude these ladies showed is incredible. I want to learn more about ...more
“She wasn’t really one for big groups, but she quite liked this, the jokes and the merriment, and the way that you could see actual friendships springing up around the room, like green shoots.”
The Giver of Stars is a sweeping romantic western that tells a fictionalised account of the Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians. It is very much a book-club kind of book as it is inspired by a real group of librarians who between 1935 and 1943 delivered books to some of the most remote regions ...more
The story centres mainly around Alice and Margery. Alice is an English woman who is quite restless and not understood by her family so jumps at the chance of marrying an American man which gives her the opportunity for new adventures. Sadly Alice's marriage is not what she hoped it to be. I c ...more
Alice Wright leaves her stuffy life in England and marries American Bennet van Cleve, ...more
Alice Wright hopes by marrying the handsome American Bennett Van Cleve she will escape her suffocating life in England and begin a true adventure. Unfortunately she finds that while location and circumstances have changed, life as a newlywed is hardly romantic with an overbearing father-in-law under the same roof.
Alice is quick to sign up to deliver books for the n ...more
I love the premise of this novel. It focuses on the real-life Horseback Librarians which operated durin ...more
I have to begin by saying, I have never read Me Before You (a travesty, I know, but I saw the movie first and didn't love it enough to read the book), so this was my first introduction to Jojo Moyes. I kept seeing my GR friends raving over this book though, and even though the premise didn't initially grab me, I decided to give it a read. Aside: This is ...more
I'm a huge Jojo Moyes fan and therefore couldn't wait to read her latest release. This is definitely a big departure from her previous novels; whilst Me Before You and the subsequent books in that series packs a real emotional punch, The Giver of Stars steps back a little from making the reader properly ugly-cry (...just me?), and instead takes the reader back in time to 1930s Eastern Kentucky.
I love the premise of this novel. It focuses on the real-life Horse ...more
The book is well-researched and insightful set in an interesting period where women were still trying to prove that they’re more than just keepers of the home. The challenges they faced were gri ...more
Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is mar ...more