DON’T MISS THE STANDALONE NEW NOVEL FROM JOJO MOYES, THE NO. 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU AND STILL ME
‘With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!’ Liane Moriarty, author and screenwriter of Big Little Lies
‘Alice had come halfway across the world to find that, yet again, she was considered wanting. Well, she thought, if that was what everyone thought, she might as well live up to it.’
England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright – restless, stifled – makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.
But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure – or the escape – that she hoped for.
That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare, a troublesome woman – and daughter of a notorious felon – the town wishes to forget.
Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost – and she needs Alice’s help.
Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship – and a life to call their own.
But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another – and the power of the written word – be enough to save them?
Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You.
‘A wonderful novel. The Giver of Stars is the most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women’ Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic
‘Timeless, Jojo Moyes’ greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written – and absolutely compulsory – novels about women ever told‘ Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When English born Alice arrived in Baileyville, Kentucky with her new American husband and father-in-law her dreams shattered. The town consisted of one street and was surrounded by hills, forests and the mines her father-in-law owned. Not quite the bright lights of the city she thought she would be living in.
When a call went out to the women of the town to volunteer to be part of an outreach team to deliver library books up in the hills to people that couldn’t get down to town, the response was poor. Alice was the first to come forward much to the disapproval of her domineering father-in-law. Especially as the whole thing was been run by Margery O’Hare, a bit of a wild woman that could outdo most men at anything.
The little team grew to 5. Lizzy the daughter of wealthy parents in the town, who stills suffers the after-effects of polio, making it difficult for her to walk never mind ride a horse or mule. She became one of my favourite characters in the story. Beth and finally Sonia, an African American woman, very well educated but having to work in the small outbuilding converted to house the books in secret because she was black. They were a very mixed bag of characters.
The trails were treacherous, the weather horrendous and gratitude not always shown but the demand kept growing. The lending library didn’t go down well with some of the people in town making life very stressful for Alice at home. This is one epic story of endurance, strong women and fighting for justice. It was a time when women could be openly beaten without anyone blinking an eye about it. It was seen as a way to control a disobedient wife.
This story takes over your life while you read it, with its rugged beauty and pioneering women that became my heroes. For me Jojo Moyes best book yet.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.
Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.