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The Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Relationship Stories

The Giver of Stars Synopsis

Alice Wright doesn't love her new American husband.

Nor her domineering father-in-law or the judgmental townsfolk of Baileyville, Kentucky.

Stifled and misunderstood, she yearns for escape and finds it in defiant Margery O'Hare and the sisterhood bringing books to the isolated and vulnerable.

But when her father-in-law and the town turn against them, Alice fears the freedom, friendship and the new love she's found will be lost . . . 

The Giver of Stars Press Reviews

Her writing is beautiful and whimsical with unique storylines - Liv Arnold, author of Etched in Stone

A sweeping story of female friendship with a dash of romance, set in 1930s Kentucky - Daily Express

Concentrates on sisterhood and friendship - Scotsman, Best books to give this Christmas

Julia Whelan is perfect as Alice Wright - The Times, Pick of the Audiobooks

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

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

Immensely readable and enjoyable - Sunday Times

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 - -

Joyous. Pucky female characters and wonderful writing. This is her best - Good Housekeeping

A fabulous adventure story - Best

From the very first page, I was drawn into the world and the characters that Jojo Moyes has so carefully created - Health & Wellbeing

Celebrates the world of books . . . A fictional yarn about a quintet of extraordinary intrepid women from disparate backgrounds - RTE Guide

Took me to the mountains of depression-era Kentucky where brave women librarians risked all to deliver books on horseback - Damian Barr, Big Issue Books of the Year

Jojo Moyes is back with this tale based on the real-life horseback librarians of Kentucky - Hello!

A brand-new page-turner . . . based on a true story and tracks five feisty women living in America during the Great Depression - That's Life

One to get lost in. Escape with this book and follow the story of five women who are embarking on a powerful journey - and refuse to obey any man's commands! - No. 1 Magazine, Books to cosy up with this winter

About five extraordinary women in 1920s Kentucky, who worked on horseback as travelling librarians - Woman & Home

Jojo Moyes is back with another page turner. 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 - Stellar

The author of Me Before You pulls off a cracker with this stirring, exciting adventure story inspired by true events, in depression-era Kentucky, women find freedom and friendship by joining a brigade of horseback librarians - Best

Escapism in the form of adventure and sisterhood. A novel with real depth and feeling. Empowering - Press Association

A captivating tale of love, friendship and self-actualisation - People

This tribute to female friendship and the joy of books is a compelling read - Woman's Weekly

Escapism in the form of adventure and sisterhood. This is a novel with real depth and feeling and touches on worker's rights, racism, environmentalism and education - i

Moyes's book delivers evocative descriptions of the Kentucky landscape and rich historical detail. But it is in her compassionate portrayal of well-drawn characters that the novel's greatest strength lies - Hannah Beckerman, Observer

This big-hearted tale will stay in your head long after you have finished reading it - Independent

Jojo Moyes is on dazzling form - Sunday Express

A heart-wrenching love story, a nail-biting legal drama and a beautiful study of female friendship - Daily Mail

Uplifting. One of Me Before You author Moyes's best novels - The Mail on Sunday

The Giver of Stars is the story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond . . . a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion - SheerLuxe

With strong, memorable female characters and a sprinkling of men who can make a 'heart flutter like a clean sheet on a long line.' The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship . . . inspiring - Washington Post

Explores the interconnected lives of five women with honesty and hilarity - Cosmopolitan

As passionate about challenging gender stereotypes as it is enthralling in narrative sweep - i

An inspiring, romantic tribute to female friendship and the power of books - Woman's Own

She's done it again! Joyous. I loved this adventure story for girls for its plucky female characters and wonderful writing - Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year

Based on a true story, this poignant novel is a celebration of strong women and friendship. With a fast-paced plot and intricate characters, fans of Moyes won't be disappointed - Heat

It's an extraordinary story. This is the best thing she has written since Me Before You. Moyes writes with gusto and compassion - Metro

While her novel is set in the midst of the Great Depression, Moyes crafts a tale that's remarkably contemporary. Moyes depicts the courage and resourcefulness of these women in loving detail. A tribute not just to the brave women who brought the light of knowledge in dark times, but also to the rejuvenating bond of women's friendship. - Daily Mail

Moyes' best yet . . . A stonker of a read. Laced with humour and heartache, it's addictive - Sunday Post

Her best book yet. It's a romance - but about female friends, the outdoors and the magic of reading - Grazia

Jojo's characterisation is so vivid, and the insight into the gender and race discrimination of the 1930s is truly eye opening - Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

Her best yet - Bookseller

This blisteringly good novel is one to add to your basket quick smart - Fabulous, Sun

Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love. Moyes writes with warmth and intelligence . . . the most appealing thing about The Giver of Stars, however, is her wonderful way with romance. Delightful - The Times

Touching on the still-burning issues of control, violence, poverty and racism, Moyes has created a rollicking story that's perfect for long autumn nights. Enjoy . . . - Stylist

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

I loved this dashing adventure set in 1930s Kentucky, America. Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion, this is a full-pack-of-tissues novel. - Sun

Utterly enchanting - Mail on Sunday

Both a love letter to reading and a hymn to female friendship, this is a tale packed full of romance, tension, and brilliantly drawn characters. Pure pleasure - Sunday Mirror

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 absolutely 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

Epic - David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day

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

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

A genuinely entertaining book that's a perfect gift for people who need some escape from the everyday and just want to be absorbed in a really cracking story. Set in rural America in the 1930s, it's got a band of feisty characters who are funny and sweet with contemporary resonances to boot - The best books to give this Christmas, Stylist

For years I've been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. It's such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature - Reese Witherspoon

An entertaining, immersive and moving read. The Giver of Stars is rip-roaring popular fiction . . . but it is also a novel that celebrates education, intellectual curiosity and, above all, books and the knowledge, comfort, company and power that they can bring. Moyes shines a light on a historic footnote to pay tribute to women's work, endurance and female solidarity - The Sunday Times

Inspiring and wildly romantic - Daily Mail Books of the Year


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ISBN: 9780718183219
Publication date: 16/06/2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Penguin Books LTD
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780718183219
Publication date: 16th June 2020
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Relationship Stories,
Collections: 60+ Novels to Bring You Back to Nature,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance, Historical fiction,

About Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was our Guest Editor in March 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, and The Last Letter from Your Lover. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.Me Before You was 2012’s greatest love story – it was Spring 2012’s most ...

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