Inspired by a remarkable true story, the unforgettable journey of five extraordinary women living in extraordinary and perilous times.
Alice Wright has travelled halfway across the world to escape her stifling life in England. Handsome American businessman Bennett Van Cleve represents a fresh start. But she soon realises that swapping the twitching curtains of suburbia for newlywed life in the wild mountains of Kentucky isn't the answer to her prayers. But maybe meeting Margery O'Hara is. The heart and backbone of the small community of Salt Lick, a woman who isn't afraid of anything or anyone, Margery is on a mission.
Enlisting Alice, along with three other women, all from very different backgrounds, to join her, the band of unlikely sisters battle the elements and unforgiving terrain - as well as brave all manner of dangers and social disapproval - to ride hundreds of miles a week to deliver books to isolated families. Transforming the lives of so many is all the impetus they need to take such risks.
And for Alice, her new job and blossoming friendships become an unexpected lifeline, providing her with the courage she needs to make some tough decisions about her marriage. Then a body is found in the mountains, rocking the close-knit community and tearing the women apart as one of them becomes the prime suspect. Can they pull together to overcome their greatest challenge yet?
A love letter to the power of books and literature and their ability to bring us together and deliver the truth, as well as a tribute to female friendship, The Giver of Stars is the book that Jojo Moyes was born to write.
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One, Me Before You, After You and Still Me and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-four languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.
Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.
Joyful, with a pitch-perfect ending Daily Express A tender, funny and hopeful look at love, grief and life. Bumper box of tissues required Stylist A triumph Heat The storytelling treads the delicate balance between heartbreak and hope perfectly Good Housekeeping Immensely readable and enjoyable Sunday Times Britain's best contemporary female author Sun on Sunday A heart-stopping read. Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other Independent on Sunday Wonderfully written and completely engrossing, with exquisitely drawn characters in a brilliantly plotted narrative Daily Mail This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it Closer Raw, funny, real and sad, this is storytelling at its best Marie Claire Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love Sunday Express Praise for Jojo Moyes - Dipped into this on Saturday and then simply couldn't put it down. Superb characters, great story and sense of place. For me, her best yet. And I wept buckets over Me Before You! Fanny Blake Based on a true story of the real Horseback Librarians of Kentucky this was a truly joyous and divine read. The rich, determined, extraordinary characters consumed me. The history, the setting; everything about this glorious book is superb Nina Potell, Prima The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes is purest joy - even as it cheerfully breaks your heart. A go-get-em adventure about E Roosevelt's horseback librarians, it celebrates female friendship and the power of books Damian Barr Timeless, Jojo Moyes' greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written - and absoloutely compulsory - novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breathe Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn't want it to end! Liane Moriarty What a wonderful novel. The Giver of Stars is the most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women. I whipped through the pages, utterly agog, pretty much feeling as though I was on a horse in 1930s Kentucky myself Sophie Kinsella
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