A remarkable story set in the Depression, The Giver Of Stars illustrates the depth and power of friendship. Based on ‘The Packhorse Librarians', Moyes creates such strong heroines with various struggles, sure to capture hearts.
Centered around an unlikely friendship, which blossoms between Alice and Margery. Alice, a newcomer to Kentucky, recently wed to the well adored Bennett, quickly finds herself lonely and unable to connect to many. Stepping outside of her comfort zone, Alice signs up to be a traveling librarian, with the outspoken town’s outcast, Margery.
As these two quickly add three additional women to their team.
Together they venture through tough terrain spreading literature, kindness, compassion, as well as forging deep friendships that will empower them to rise above danger, personal challenges, and obstacles.
Such an eye opening reading experience, which shed light on various hardships these women had to endure, encountering life altering experiences subsequently altering perspectives and reinforcing personal strength. Historical fiction fans, this is a must read.
Posted: March 21, 2021
Rating: 4.5 Stars
From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.
Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Starsis unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
“Adunni, you must do good for other peoples, even if you are not well, even if the whole world around you is not well.”
Strength, determination, and perseverance, Abi Daré’s The Girl With The Louding Voice is a moving story surrounding an extraordinary adolescent fighting to rise above life’s obstacles to achieve her dreams.
Cherishing the goal her late mother instilled into her, Adunni longs for an education. However, when her family falls on difficult times, her life is thrown into an alternate direction. Forcing her to face the unimaginable, but rather than be oppressed by the cruelty of others, Adunni rises above the darkness.
This heroine’s story is not only heartbreaking, but inspiring. Such a brave and outspoken individual deeply rooted in her faith, she demonstrated kindness in the face of such adversity. Throughout the story one was often left in disbelief of her youthful age, and inspired by the strength she exhibited in her journey. Readers can only hope to catch a glimpse of her future in a subsequent novel.
Posted: January 27, 2021
Rating: 4 Stars
The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself - and help other girls like her do the same.
Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams...and maybe even change the world.