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A phenomenal historical fiction that I highly recommend! Jojo Moyes writes so beautifully and the characters are so engaging!
Had never read Moyes before. A little romancey, but surprisingly interesting, good
I imagine listening to the audiobook made this more enjoyable for me than if I'd read this. It was more a romance than historical fiction, and I'm not a big romance fan. It was interesting, but had some "too good to be true" characters that made me roll my eyes.
This was a very enjoyable read. Not extraordinary but a good story. The plot was predictable and tied up neatly and quickly by the last sentence. The characters were pretty well drawn and a bit above a typical romance novel.
I don't usually read romances, but I enjoyed The Giver of Stars. It had a lot of interesting history in it and I enjoyed that the setting is one I don't know much about. I never know about the pack horse library initiative and the book really show what a benefit it was to that area. The story and characters were also good. You really start rooting for them once you see that challenges they face.
One of the most satisfying books I have read in a long time! It grabs your attention and won't let go! I thought it would be about the history of Eleanor Roosevelt's Kentucky book ladies program, and it was, but that is the glue that brought the story together and what a story it is!
One of the best books that I've read in a long time. As I read it, I was oblivious to all else. I just love her books!
Love this book! "harpreads" review (scroll down to July 9) says it very well. A subject I knew nothing about, strong women friendships, and triumph over adversity are a few reasons why this is a wonderful read!
I enjoyed this book BUT. (1) poorly edited. Eucalyptus trees in northern Kentucky? don't think so.... (2) much more seriously, there are some strong indications that this book was heavily plagiarized from another author, less well known and using a publishing company that is related to Pamela Dorman Books - Viking. Look it up on the internet. I am very disappointed in this author. Kinda wondered how a woman from suburban London knew so much about Kentucky history. well.............
Loved this book!
It’s a testament to the power of women, friendship & love in all its forms. Absolutely worth taking the time to read it!
One of my favorite books so far this year. Very immersive and a wonderful story.
An enjoyable read. I didn't know anything about the Packhorse Library - what a fantastic endeavour. Great characters, interesting plot. A bit slow at times, but overall a good read. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick and easy read.
Jojo has created memorable characters, fascinating historically based events, and stories of friendship and love overcoming intense odds. This story focused on the Book Women and cola mining in Kentucky.
Held my interest with subject of WPA packhorse library, plot and characters and with some humor and poignant moments, but not impressively written.
This is my first JoJo Moyes novel. I had looked at other titles, but thought them to be more of the romance genre. This book grabbed my attention because I had not known about Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library program or the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. It is a little difficult to believe that Alice is quite as naïve as she is portrayed, but I grew to love the characters and the bravery of the women to be different in a very judgmental and insular community. I recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby
I was a big fan of the Me Before You series she wrote and I enjoyed going to see her speak so I gave this one a try. The subject of the book was enough to hook me right from the start. It is a story about a group of horseback librarians in rural Kentucky during the end of the Great Depression. The main character, Alice, is a British expat who married a man from Kentucky. Her experiences as a horseback librarian and friendships with the women she works with help transform her life. Strong women, the power of friendship, love of books, and happy endings are some of the main themes covered. It is a feel-good story I recommend!
Enjoyed this book immensely! The description of the small town life of Baileyville, Kentucky and the surrounding hills which the packhorse librarians traversed was well done. I felt at times I could 'see' the terrain in her writing. The storyline of the unexpected bond of women was a refreshing change, and carried my interest through to the end.
This was a fantastic story! Well written. Centered around brave women pioneering a Packhorse Library in the mountains of Kentucky. Old and new fans of Jojo Moyes will approve.
This is a fictional work about Eleanor Roosevelt's program for traveling libraries in small-town Kentucky in the late 1930's. A team of women (the Packhorse Librarians) use horses and mules to carry books to isolated mountain dwellers, hoping to bring reading, knowledge and literature to a wider audience. It is a fascinating study of the changing roles of women at that time, in that location, and reflecting on how much or little things have changed. As a crafty person, I appreciated how they re-cycled a lot of the items that were too worn to be lent out, by gathering similar articles etc. together into newly bound "scrapbooks" of recipes, cooking tips, farming advice, child-rearing, beginning readers, that could again be circulated. Well worth the read.
A story about an English girl who marries a Kentucky man, Bennett. Alice's family seems to think she is quirky and so does her new married family. However she finds her groove in delivering books to isolated families in the Kentucky mountains and develops close friendships. Margery one friend is very strong spirited and runs into trouble. Margery's library friends stand by her a!nd the story develops... Captivating, fun read based on true library history!
I loved this book. Well written, a great storyline, beautiful characterizations, a tender love interest. Wonderful, beginning to end.
Good read about women in Kentucky who bring books to the rural population in a time when women were supposed to be obediant and well behaved. Interesting and engaging characters. A bit unbelievable at the end (but I would have hated a more truthful ending). Fun and uplifting based lightly on historical fact.
Get in line for this book! You'll laugh, you'll cry and you just might relate to a character or two!
4 1/2-5 star read. JoJo Moyes writes great novels and this is one of her best. It's a departure from her previous books but was a really interesting book. Alice is an English girl who married a wealthy American in a whirlwind romance. Taken to rural Kentucky where her father-in-law owns a mine, she is lost and despairing as her husband rejects her and her father-in-law makes her life unbearable. She decides to join the women of the packhorse library and finds some meaning in her life. When something terrible happens, she leaves her home and husband and moves in with a friend from the library. Her father-in-law becomes vengeful. The book is not only informative about a piece of history but also what it was like for women in rural areas like the mountains of Kentucky and how brutal their life was. But it introduces us to some really wonderful women who I enjoyed getting to know as I read this book. Another wonderful Moyes book.
Five stars all the way! I absolutely loved this book and all the characters!! So good, I didn't want it to end.