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‘The Giver of Stars’ by Jojo Moyes

“A love letter to the power of books and friendship.”

Escape into the hills of Kentucky and become engrossed in a remarkable story that is rooted in historical fact. From 1935 to 1943 the WPA Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky brought books to more than a hundred thousand rural inhabitants.

 

 

Moyes builds a story around a handful of women who braved the beautiful but mostly rugged and poorest of places on horseback, fighting weather, danger, bigotry, and misogyny, to bring education, reading, literacy, and a better quality of life to so many. In this modern classic, Moyes creates unforgettably courageous characters. Unlikely allies at the start, Alice, a newlywed English rose, and Margery, a fiercely independent loner, pair up against the odds to carry out their mission. And you already thought librarians were a tough bunch–buckle in for a wild ride!

There is controversy swirling around this book because it bears striking similarities to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson which was published first. Although I haven’t read the earlier one–my advice–read either one. It’s an amazing piece of history and they both have good reviews.

‘Still Me’ by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes fans will be happy to hear about this latest instalment featuring Louisa Clark, an unforgettable, hapless, and endearing character, a bit like Bridget Jones. This actually just won the Goodreads Choice Awards and is a decent follow-up to Me Before You and After You.

This time Louisa goes to New York City to start over and sort out her life, once and for all, even if it means maintaining a long distance relationship with Ambulance Sam. Working as a personal assistant to a super rich family, Lou finds herself in another world that is very unfamiliar to her, which lends itself to some very funny scenarios–Moyes is at her best when there is a lot of tension and chaos created for her characters! I must say I found the novel lagged a bit at times, but is certainly worth reading if you have read the others.

‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

Me Before YoustarstarstarstarThis is the first book I’ve read by Jojo Moyes and I loved it! A compelling, easy read with a thoughtful and moving message. The story is written in an unsentimental voice yet conveys deep emotion. And it is not entirely predictable. I had a completely different ending in mind! It deals with a difficult moral issue that would be good for discussion. Perfect for book club.

Louisa lives a quiet ordinary life in a small town. She doesn’t have high aspirations but is content. When she loses her job, a series of events are set in motion that will change everything, even her own version of herself.

Will Traynor was a high flying rich, successful entrepreneur and world traveller, until the accident that changed his life. His new situation is joyless and sad and no one seems to be able to reach him, until Lou stumbles onto the scene.

This novel is romantic but not a ‘romance novel’. It’s probably best enjoyed by women, but I hesitate to label it ‘chick lit’. It’s better than that. I’m excited to have discovered this author and will definitely read her other books.