THE GIVER OF STARS BY JO JO MOYES – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN ON 3rd OCTOBER 2019

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‘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

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 the town 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

img_2422Jojo 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.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This is a brilliant story and because of the depth, it will make an excellent film. This is very different from the Me Before You books. This is set in the 1930s about the women that rode on horseback in the outback of America. The delivery of library books became so important to them and it follows their lives through the up and downs. They get to really discover themselves and each other.

I must admit that I did not read the synopsis and just picked this book because of the author so it was not a story that I would normally read but, very glad I did as it is a brilliant book by a very talented author.

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Who watched me before you? Now that is a great book and film!

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