[Reading] ➭ The Giver of Stars ➵ Jojo Moyes – Alwaysonltd.co.uk
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a story based in the 1930s about the Horseback Librarians Horseback Librarians did exist and this is a story of a new branch, The Baileyville Packhorse Library, Kentucky.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 endeavour as they don t want the people to learn to read and get ideas above their station.I loved this book It had me hooked from the first page It was full of wonderful characters and I would love to read about them I didn t want this book to end.Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my e copy in exchange for an honest review. I am far in the minority here with this one For someone who rarely is I am not sure what is wrong with me Way too much drama here for me and with similarities to 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 EmporiumAlice 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. Since you get joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to giveEleanor RooseveltEleanor 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 home in Kentucky with her husband, Bennett Van Cleve and her father in law New to the area and feeling isolated and alone in her home, she is happy to become a traveling librarian under the guidance of Margery O Hare, a local woman who lives life on her own terms Margery knows the mountains and shows Alice the ropes and introduces her to the people who live in the hills above the town Soon, Margery and Alice are joined by Beth, Izzy and Sophia who contribute and help the library run even with the town appears to turn against them Helped and looked after by Fred Guisler, the women band together, form friendships and show courage as they travel long miles in inclement weather knowing that not everyone is on their side and there are those just waiting to see them failA woman is like a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot waterEleanor Roosevelt.This was a compelling book based on a true story Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this one I also enjoyed how this book highlighted each woman s strengths and showed them supporting each other and gaining confidence and courage from being around each other I enjoyed the positive relationships between the women, so often women are pitted against each other and in this book, they draw strength from each other and lift each other up There is some romance in this book, but it is the women who truly shine Plus, a book about the love of book and sharing books with others, what s not to love Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Traveling Sisters Group Read Historical fiction based on a true story of horse riding librarians who were the Great Depression s bookmobiles 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 one two three four FIVE books by Joio Moyes author of Me Before You , and having adored two loved the another, being impressed by one, and liking the last, I know that this woman can write and that I need to get my hands on this Don t tell anyone but stage whispers I actually own 8 books by her in physical version, having bought them all in one go a couple years back because I couldn t resist the covers But for the reason I said above, I plan to read them all one by one Click to read the new article on this release Based on a true story rooted in America s past, the storytelling itself here is enthralling the pages fly, and the book is unparalleled in its scope and its epic breadth Funny, heartbreaking, and rewarding, it is a rich novel of women s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.Expected publication October 8th 2019, already on my calendar The Giver of Stars is a historical fiction novel featuring true events that took place in Kentucky in late 30s and early 40s when a group of young women got employed by a US government scheme to go into the mountains on horses and take books to families who might not otherwise get a chance to read.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 Stars is a completely different kind of book and I have to say, the first few chapters were just ok for me But then something clicked and I started really enjoying the story and getting to know the two main female characters, the English bride Alice and the stubborn troublemaker Margery The Giver of Stars is a riveting story of extraordinary, courageous and determined women and highlights the importance of books in people s lives If you enjoy historical fiction from early 20th century, I d say definitely give this one a go Many thanks to Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my review copy in exchange for an honest review. 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 would read itIt turned out to be magical, remarkable, emotional, joyful and any other positive adjective you can think of, truly uplifting and storytelling at its bestThe writing is without flaw, the characters instantly easy to get to know and once again this author just delivers on every literary scoreI absolutely adored every page, every story and sub story, learnt things about America in the 1930 s that shook me and fell in love with the whole concept of what they did to encourage folk to read inc many struggles and problems along the way Every high and low, good thing and bad is told so so well, I could go on for hours about it but wont except to say for me it was almost 500 pages of reader bliss 10 10 5 Stars This is a wonderful tribute to how books can change people s lives and to the Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians, so of course I loved this book I first heard of the Pack Horse Librarians when I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek It s a fascinating piece of history This initiative was started by Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the Works Progress Administration set up in the mid 1930 s At first I thought that this would be just a good story about a group of gutsy, dedicated women who brought books to people who would not otherwise have access in the hills of Kentucky But as the story progressed, I found this book to be so much Margery O Hare, strong, feisty and independent heads up the program Alice Van Cleve is a newlywed from England, who has come to Kentucky with her American husband, son of a heartless, cunning mine owner whose interest in making money is important than the safety of the miners and the citizens of the town She soon finds that her marriage is not what she hoped for Izzy, the polio stricken daughter of an established, well to do family is suffocating in her mother s smothering Beth, the brash local farmer s daughter and Sophia, the astute black librarian round out this group and are later joined by Kathleen, one of the women whose family benefited from the books these women brought to her home As these women take to the road, we see the people of this place and time and their hardships a father with black lung disease, his wife having to do so much of the hard work, a widowed father raising two little girls, the danger of the mines, the prejudice, the racist sentiments, the poverty, the sexist attitudes towards women Moyes realistically portrays the things that might have happened in this small mining community in Kentucky in the 1930 s I loved how the friendships develop among these women who come to know each other, care about and support each other They ride through treacherous conditions and I loved seeing how much the people came to look forward to their visits especially the children and how the books and magazines made a difference in their lives Children learn to read The sick find respite from their pain as the librarians read to them I was moved by the impact that the books had, but also the impact that these women make, especially Margery on trying to right some of the wrongs by Van Cleve whose greed causes further suffering for these people.I found the writing lovely in places, especially the descriptions of the mountains, the landscape Pertinent quotes from some classic books at the beginning of some chapters was a nice addition Little Women, The Red Pony and others that I wasn t familiar with like a little blue book you ll have to read about for yourself Louisa May Alcott could not have imagined the powerful role her book plays in this story There s a lot packed into the novel love stories, friendships, a murder, a courtroom drama, fabulous character development, and as I said at the outset, a wonderful tribute to books and these courageous women and a fantastic piece of historical fiction I m a retired librarian so I can t rate this any less than five stars I read this with Diane Esil and as always a wonderful discussion.I received an advanced copy of this book from Pamela Dorman Penguin through Edelweiss. I don t have to give 5 billion stars to this book I would donate the full galaxy system to the author if I could I already made a phone call and talked to a NASA technician about their star auction department, unfortunately he hanged up on my face Can you believe it And I told them I was Buzz Aldrin s wife, those young people are really disrespectful, see I still stay in role This amazing, fantastic, funny, heartwarming, emotional, genuine book gave me HOPE, HAPPINESS, made me SO RELIEVED, CARELESS, LIGHT, OVER THE MOON IN LOVE WITH IT Those amazing, brave, badass, smart, irresistible, strong women carrying books, riding on horses, communicating, educating, helping people to broaden their horizons, meet new worlds, discover their own capabilities are so far best respectable, honorable, devoted, vivid fictional characters you may love with passion This may be the best historical, provocative, powerful, encouraging feminist manifesto help women to discover their own identities even though they were living in small moderate town crowded with chauvinists, uneducated, wild men population They came together to form a town library and found the first version of delivery by the postwomen on horses to reach families whose minds are seeking to be educated, improved, entertained so by helping them those women give the families a short break from their daily chores and take a small step to new fictional worlds Alice recently married British woman, neglected from her husband, belittled by his father in law Mr Van Cleeve biggest SOB, mash up of Downtown Abbey s Thomas Barrow, Outlader s Black Jack Randall and J.R Ewing of Dallas and being caged in her home life became volunteer to work for the library Margery O hare, independent, tough, strong local woman mentors her by introducing her wild but breathtaking nature of mountains which opens the doors to the new world and gives Alice a mesmerizing kind of freedom Izzy, Beth and Sophia joins their team and they find themselves bounded with close friendship, sisterhood they ve never felt before Their connection, trust, sharing secrets and open their hearts to each other are most remarkable moments of the book warn your hearts and put a big smile on your faces Maybe those women s close and genuine connection against the outer world who want to bend, destroy and separate them are better than the romance part of the books.So many parts make you pissed off, clenching your fists, giving you undeniable urge to spit on Mr Van Cleeve s face of course after punching him senselessly The book triggers your inner feminist soul and awakens the secret warrior inside you As like Neil Gaiman said Fairy tales are than true not because they tell us that dragon exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten But at least, the conclusion of those amazing women s stories are satisfying, relieving and earning too many applauses and happy dance, happy hour celebration with my homemade margaritas Jojo Moyes is one of the most epic, talented, creative authors on the earth who knows how to touch a human soul, how to relate with human heart and of course how to break it into million pieces Do you want to know my real story when I was reading Me Before You I was at my husband s friends house and I got so bored of the conversation Before I left our home as a preparation I already downloaded epub version of the book on my phone and I started to read it from my phone hid inside my bag throughout our visit, making hmmm sounds at the same time as if I was listening best face lifting techniques oh really But unfortunately I was reading the last 30 pages of the book And you know how it ended, right Come on If you haven t read it at least you may have watched amazing Emilia Clarke s performance And you know what I did I threw my bag against the wall and I started screaming Why Willllll whhhyyyyy did you do that There is no exaggeration My husband s friends enjoyed my reaction but their wives still think I need to start popping up Prozac tablets and joining their meditation club, no thanks I was banned to read the sequels of the book Well, I read them at the night on my restroom breaks secretly and yeah, I couldn t say they affected me as the first book did But after a long time, Moyes found her way, release this memorable story and share with us this brave women s inspirational journey based on real life events So dear JOJO MOYES, my all votes for you this year for best historical fiction novel I m so ashamed because I wrote the same for The World That We Knew But my heart is big enough to love books at the same time Especially the last page of the book gave me a meaningful and long laughter I m finishing my review with Jorge Luis Borges meaningful quote I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library I imagine the same, library next to liquor shop selling the best Chardonnays of the world Cheers A brilliant epic historical drama set in the US Depression era in Kentucky and the Appalachians from Jojo Moyes that draws on real life actual history Those who have been life long readers will understand the power of books and reading, Moyes focuses on just how important books can be in challenging and changing people and in shaping the world in this powerful telling of the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky The English Alice Wright weds American Bennett Van Cleve on his European Tour to escape the limitations of her life However, she is to rue her decision when she arrives in Baileyville, Kentucky and the realities and restrictions of small town living begin to sink in, made all the unbearable by her father in law She is to take the momentous step of volunteering for Eleanor Roosevelt s efforts to establish travelling libraries, despite opposition at home, delivering books to the impoverished, travelling great distances on horseback Alice is to find adventure, great friendships, fulfillment, freedom, adversity, danger, resistance and suspicion as she embarks on a path that is set to change fundamentally her identity.The woman leading the book initiative is the brave Margery O Hare, the daughter of a bootlegger, strong, independent, unafraid, determined and defiant, and with whom Alice finds support and much needed friendship Along with Beth, Izzy, and the black Sonia, the courageous women face the initial reluctance of families and women, only to be eventually welcomed and valued However, men are afraid of losing control of women, and other powerful forces, such as mine owners, exploiting workers who labour in deplorable conditions for poor rewards, see them as a threat and danger to the established social, political and economic order Increasing literacy, books and knowledge inevitably have consequences, making people question what is, expand horizons, fire the imagination, but change never comes easy, with the rise of implacable resistance, danger and tragedy that follows in its wake.Moyes writes with passion and verve in this impeccably researched novel, full of details and rich descriptions of this historical era The women are a disparate group of unconventional, stand out complex characters, that are well developed and who I invested in This is a terrific read that immerses the reader in this period of US history and the norms, expectations and attitudes of the time, with the drama enhanced by the beautiful location with its wilderness It touches on issues of racism, class, misogyny, exploitation, and hard lives, with a moving and heartwarming narrative that resonates with our contemporary world where the hard won rights of women can no longer be taken for granted Additionally, it serves as a salutory reminder of just what an impact books can make to individuals and the world, a world in which our libraries are being closed and under continual threat today Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.