The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

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Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leaves behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky. When a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new travelling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, Margery, and Alice will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to these women - and to the men they love - becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion.
Publisher: [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780399562488
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,25 cm.

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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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kristensalmon
Jul 30, 2020

One of my favorite books so far this year. Very immersive and a wonderful story.

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BeckyR21
Jul 25, 2020

An enjoyable read. I didn't know anything about the Packhorse Library - what a fantastic endeavour. Great characters, interesting plot. A bit slow at times, but overall a good read. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick and easy read.

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reedvm
Jul 23, 2020

Very good

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grammycarol49
Jul 18, 2020

Jojo has created memorable characters, fascinating historically based events, and stories of friendship and love overcoming intense odds.

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kleesiebels
Jul 15, 2020

Held my interest with subject of WPA packhorse library, plot and characters and with some humor and poignant moments, but not impressively written.

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maipenrai
Jul 13, 2020

This is my first JoJo Moyes novel. I had looked at other titles, but thought them to be more of the romance genre. This book grabbed my attention because I had not known about Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library program or the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. It is a little difficult to believe that Alice is quite as naïve as she is portrayed, but I grew to love the characters and the bravery of the women to be different in a very judgmental and insular community. I recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

harpreads Jul 09, 2020

I was a big fan of the Me Before You series she wrote and I enjoyed going to see her speak so I gave this one a try. The subject of the book was enough to hook me right from the start. It is a story about a group of horseback librarians in rural Kentucky during the end of the Great Depression. The main character, Alice, is a British expat who married a man from Kentucky. Her experiences as a horseback librarian and friendships with the women she works with help transform her life. Strong women, the power of friendship, love of books, and happy endings are some of the main themes covered. It is a feel-good story I recommend!

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Suereads_2
Jul 05, 2020

Enjoyed this book immensely! The description of the small town life of Baileyville, Kentucky and the surrounding hills which the packhorse librarians traversed was well done. I felt at times I could 'see' the terrain in her writing. The storyline of the unexpected bond of women was a refreshing change, and carried my interest through to the end.

JCLKelseyR Jun 22, 2020

This was a fantastic story! Well written. Centered around brave women pioneering a Packhorse Library in the mountains of Kentucky. Old and new fans of Jojo Moyes will approve.

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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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