The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

In the late 1930s a library horseback delivery system was created to serve residents in the rural areas of Kentucky. This book is a fictionalized story of one group of ladies that answered Eleanor Roosevelt’s call to action.

The story revolves around Alice, a young English woman who marries and moves to rural Kentucky. Her life is not what she hoped it to be, but joining the library gives her new friends and a purpose in life.

Overcoming bad home situations, widowhood, and disability, the women become strong , resourceful and a force in the community.

I enjoyed the time period and reading about women who made a difference. I read other reviews for this book and it was noted that author Kim Michele Richardson’s book, The Book Women of Troublesome Creek, published before this one, is very similar.

I recommend the book if you haven’t read the Richardson book. I now plan to look for nonfiction titles about the real women since this book piqued my interest.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOYES)

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