Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Monday, January 27, 2020

Extra Book: Giver Of Stars

Book: The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 592

This is my 10th read for the year

I listened to this book.  My sister in law gave me an audible subscription for Christmas, and this was my first book. I was so glad because the waitlist for this book is severe at the library.

This is the story of Alice Wright - a British girl who marries an American and moves to a small town in Kentucky.  She quickly realizes that she doesn't quite fit in.  Her husband isn't the person she thought she was marrying, and she is treated like an outsider right from the beginning.  At a town meeting, a local woman says she wants to start a traveling library, and Alice thinks this might be just the thing she needs to start to gain the trust of her new town.  Soon a group of 5 women become the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

As the story develops, Alice's marriage starts to fall apart.  Her father in law constantly tries to get Alice in line and soon blames the head of the library - Margery - for being a bad influence.  Alice's father in law works his status in town to try to get Margery in trouble and the library dismantled.  The women of the library ban together to fight for what they believe is right and become a force to be reckoned with.

This was a great book.  I am a huge Jojo Moyes fan and this book did not disappoint.  I found myself looking for opportunities to run errands just so I could listen to the book.  I really liked Margery - she was firey and fierce.  And I saw that it is based on a true story, which made it even better.   The book explores love, friendship, relationships, hardship, and true grit.  And of course - above all - it is about the love of reading and how important it is the encourage books.

Great read.  Check it out.

Stars: 4 1/2

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