The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Alice is stifled, bored, and misunderstood. So when she meets wealthy and handsome American, Bennett Van Cleve, she is quickly swept off her feet. Marrying him and moving to America seems like a great adventure – but life as a newlywed in stuffy Baileyville, Kentucky, is not at all what she hoped for.

Until, that is, she responds to a call for volunteers to start a travelling library, surprising herself by saying yes, before her husband can say no . . . Led by feisty and rebellious Margery O’Hare, this unlikely group of women travel far and wide on their mission to bring books and reading to those that need it, and Alice finally finds the freedom, friendship and love that she’s been looking for.

But not everyone approves of what they are doing, and when the whole town turns against them the women must stick together no matter what.

This book…what can I say. It was stunning, beautifully written and not at all what I expected. I didnt receive this book to review but bought it on Audible as it is no secret that Jojo is one of my favourite authors. The book is simply stunning, in parts it’s quite hard hitting and far from the romantic story line I thought it would be.

The characters, the setting and scenery, the old fashioned way of life all drew me in but for me the star of the show was the narrators voice and accents. The book, set in deep Kentucky was illustrated so vividly by Julia’s voice that it really set the scene. This is a book about love, friendship and finding your way in the world. It’s a book that stays with you long after is finished.

Jojo Moyes has never let us down yet and this to me is one of her best yet. Unputdownable from start to finish. You can order this book at Amazon or at Audible like I did.

Janine at Jewellbooks

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