A blog reader suggested I read the book The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. I’ve read other books by this author and enjoyed them so I thought this would be a great book to try.
I liked the book. It’s much like others I’ve read…Christy by Catherine Marshall quickly comes to mind. The book tells the story of a group of horseback librarians that deliver books in Appalachia. Oh my…that part of me that romanticizes about life in those times, totally eats up stories like these. As a teenager, I always thought if I didn’t find someone and get married, I would love to have had a job through Americore and work in Appalachia. So this book, of course, brought back those early ideas I had.
Books about women being school teachers in one-room schoolhouses, or books about women who were early librarians, always get my attention…just like stories of pioneer women. Oh my, I love them all.
Here’s what Amazon has to say:
“Alice 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 Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
What happens to them – and to the men they love – becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: Bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic – 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.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I guess I’d say 4.4 stars. I like it and definitely think it’s a book worth your time.