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The Giver of Stars has been on my TBR list for quite a while, and thankfully, I was able to snatch a copy from my local library before everything closed. I read it over the course of one weekend earlier this month, and I am completely in love with this book! I’m usually not a huge fan of historical fiction, but since it had so many good reviews, I felt obligated to give it a try.
Title: The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Moyes
This story of five women and the development of the traveling library in rural Depression-era Kentucky is absolutely breathtaking. Alice, a young woman from England, marries a wealthy American but trades one domestic cage for another. Margery, who soon grows to be Alice’s best friend, is known for being self-sufficient and role-defying. These two heroines, along with three others, launch a project that many people try to stop, but the success of the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky is nothing short of phenomenal.
I couldn’t read this book fast enough! The beginning started out a bit slow, but once the characters were introduced and the story began to develop, I was hooked. I immediately loved Alice’s character and I really loved her character development throughout the book. I was cheering for her right up to the end! The Van Cleve family was horrific and tragic, and I think Moyes did an excellent job of showing that type of family dynamic. Obviously, Margery was such a powerful character and her story is sad and beautiful at the same time. I don’t want to give too much away, but I was so concerned about what would happen to her. Her strength and bravery were so inspiring and I nearly came to tears at the resolution of her story.
Overall, I was drawn to the characters, the setting, and the theme of reading and books mixed with small town politics and complicated love stories. All of my favorite things wrapped up in one amazing book!
“There is always a way out of a situation. Might be ugly. Might leave you feeling like the earth had gone and shifted under your feet. But there is always a way around.”Jojo Moyes
Let me know in the comments what you thought of this Reese’s Book Club pick! Stay tuned for more book reviews!