Today we are so excited to be sharing KFF’s review for #1 bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me, Jojo Moyes’ all-new historical novel, THE GIVER OF STARS, now available worldwide
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.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!
Now available worldwide!
Available in Audible and narrated by Julia Whelan
Reviewed by Rachel at KFF
“Knowledge is important, don’t you think? We all say at the library, without facts we really do have nothing.”
When one of your all-time favourite authors announces a new novel, it really did give me a reason to read the blurb even though historical fiction is not my first choice of genre. Primarily, I’m a mood reader and choose to read what I really fancy at the time. However, once I read the synopsis, I was hooked!
This story is set in 1930’s post-depression era rural Kentucky and centres around the story of five young women. As history tells us, Eleanor Rooverselt was a huge reader and believed reading gave people a chance at a better life, so she sets up a scheme to introduce literacy to every corner of the US. She creates The Pack Horse Library which is what these five incredible women help set up. The First Lady was a forward-thinking woman of her time and history shows what huge strides she achieved for the rights of women in America.
“I sometimes think you love these mountains as much as I do. I think I might like them better than anywhere on earth. I just feel … more myself up here.”
It’s clear to see Ms Moyes has done her homework and weaves an unbelievable tale of fiction interwoven with historical fact. As you can imagine, five women setting up such a scheme brings its ups and downs. What I really loved about the story is that Moyes doesn’t focus this book on one particular character which for me enhanced the reading experience even more. The challenges these women face are one of bravery and wonder and at times I did feel the emotion building to a point where I just couldn’t stop reading. It must be said that these women were all from very different backgrounds which brought a fantastic dynamic to the story. It would’ve been very easy to pit these women against each other on their journey. Instead, they fought together towards an objective very important and personal to all of them. The love and support they showed each other and the risks they took were nothing short of awe-inspiring. In times where women were told what they could and most importantly couldn’t do, they bravely did and played by their own rules.
“We women face many unexpected challenges when we choose outside what are considered our habitual boundaries”
The writing was simply brilliant which I have come to expect from Ms Moyes. I could wax lyrical about this book for a long time. The character development was fantastic considering five women were all fully involved in the story arc. Not at any time was I left wanting. All extremely lovable women who not once gave me reason to shout out loud at my Kindle! This story has to be one of the best reads that focused on the friendships of women in a time of such hardship. It’s been some time since I finished this compelling read only now life has not given me a chance to write my feelings down however, the story is still very fresh in my mind. This book would be amazing translated onto the big screen. The scenery conjured up a rural Kentucky in my mind so vibrant and breathtaking, it would be simply incredible!
Praise for The Giver of Stars:
—Mail on Sunday
Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love
I loved this dashing adventure set in 1930s Kentucky, America. Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion, this is a full-pack-of-tissues novel.
An entertaining, immersive and moving read. The Giver of Stars is rip-roaring popular fiction . . . but it is also a novel that celebrates education, intellectual curiosity and, above all, books and the knowledge, comfort, company and power that they can bring. Moyes shines a light on a historic footnote to pay tribute to women’s work, endurance and female solidarity —Sunday Times
“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
“Moyes brings an often forgotten slice of history to life. . . the true power of the story is in the bonds between the women of the library. . . A love letter to the power of books and friendship.”
“Epic in scope and fiercely feminist. . . an unforgettable story.”
Timeless, Jojo Moyes’ greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written – and absolutely compulsory – novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breathe
—Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women
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.
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