Book Review: The Giver of Stars – A Novel

So, you’re looking for a book that will transport you to a different time and place, make you laugh and cry, and leave you feeling uplifted and inspired? Look no further, my friend, because Jojo Moyes’ latest book, The Giver of Stars, has got you covered.

From the author of the tear-jerking Me Before You series comes a historical fiction novel set in Depression-era America, about a group of women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. These brave and determined women travel through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, delivering books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.

The protagonist, Alice Wright, is a feisty and independent woman who marries American Bennett Van Cleve in the hopes of escaping her stifling life in England. But she soon discovers that small-town Kentucky is just as claustrophobic, especially when living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when the opportunity arises to join the Packhorse Librarians, Alice eagerly signs up.

The leader of the group is Margery, a witty and self-sufficient woman who never asks permission from men for anything. Alice soon becomes her greatest ally, and they’re joined by three other strong and unique women. What happens to them, and the men they love, becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion.

One of the strengths of this book is Moyes’ ability to create such compelling characters. Each of the Packhorse Librarians has their own distinct personality and backstory, and you can’t help but root for them as they face all kinds of dangers in a breathtaking yet brutal landscape.

But it’s not just the characters that make this book so excellent. The themes of female empowerment, the importance of education, and the value of community are all woven throughout the story, making it much more than just a feel-good read. The historical context lends weight and gravitas to the narrative, and you can tell that Moyes has done her research.

It’s no wonder that The Giver of Stars has already garnered so much praise and attention, including being named a number one New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick, and one of USA Today’s top 100 books to read while social distancing. It’s 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.

In short, if you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and feel all the emotions in between, pick up a copy of The Giver of Stars. You won’t regret it. Plus, it’s soon to be a major motion picture, so you can read it before Hollywood ruins it!
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