Today’s theme is (Some of) The Best of the Best! Be sure to check out the posts on Joshilyn Jackson & Louise Penny too!
I’ve been a Jojo Moyes super fan since I first discovered her, and it’s been such a treat to have a number of her backlist titles re-released over the past few years.
Of course Moyes became a huge name in fiction thanks to her break-out novel, ME BEFORE YOU, which I read and loved, and I loved the full trilogy that follows Louisa Clark as she faces life after Will.
Basically I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Moyes, though a few titles stand out for me. Until last year’s THE GIVER OF STARS, I would have said that ME BEFORE YOU was her masterpiece, but that my favorites were THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND and THE SHIP OF BRIDES.
Now I think THE GIVER OF STARS is her best book ever.
Moyes’ gift is to take complex stories and elevate them even more through a keen emotional perspective, lovely and fierce writing, and stories that examine complicated and intense issues with grace and insight.
I’ve read everything I could get my hands on from Moyes. I’m sure there are a few out there I’ve missed, but everything I’ve read has been excellent and wonderful.
THE GIVER OF STARS was my favorite book of 2019. It’s a beautiful story of friendship, community, tolerance and the astonishing power of books.
I can’t wait to see what’s next from her, but her books so far have made her an all-time favorite author.
THE GIVER OF STARS
From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
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.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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