It’s been a while since I’ve read anything romantic. Its one genre I don’t gravitate a lot towards very often but I’m trying to remedy that. When I saw that the giver of stars is romance and historical fiction (my favorite genre) I knew I had to read it. This is my first Jojo Moyes’s book but I did watch the movie adaptation of Me Before You of which I adored and I know I’d have loved the book if I read it.
Disclaimer: The Giver of Stars was kindly gifted to me by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.
England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright — restless, stifled — makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind. But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure — or the escape — that she hoped for. That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare, a troublesome woman — and daughter of a notorious felon — the town wishes to forget. Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost — and she needs Alice’s help.
Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship — and a life to call their own. But when the town turns against them, will their belief in one another — and the power of the written word — be enough to save them? Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You.
As I mentioned that its my first book by the author, I knew nothing about her writing style and I really liked it. I enjoyed the way she portrayed all the characters and the events in a simple way. With that said, I’ll definitely be reading more from her in the future.
I liked the fact that in this story we get to follow 5 women, who are different, passionate and caring. How different these characters were made it interesting to read along and continue being engaged by their daily live. These women are easy to relate to. I enjoyed how strong minded and passionate these women were. The story takes place during times where women were not allowed to be independent and do what they love. But these 5 women are an exception because even when people were against their idea of a mobile library but they persevered and did everything with love and passion. All in all I was just amazed and motivated by their strength.
The book also addresses women abuse (so be aware of that if it triggers you) and I think Jojo did an amazing job portraying this aspect of life during times where women were not allowed to be themselves. I loved the community aspect addressed in here and how books bring communities together.
I don’t want to spoil this for, but I’d highly recommend you read it. An easy and fast paced book that you’ll enjoy and relate to.
Title: The Giver of Stars; Author: Jojo Moyes; Published: 3 October 2019; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Genre: Romance, historical fiction, domestic fiction; Page count: 440; Buy: here
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