Sep 21, 2021WPL_JessB rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
It's been a good while since I read a Historical Fiction that I loved but this one delivered. I felt that the ending dragged a little bit (the trial lasted way too long), but it didn't at all take away from the heart of this novel. Maybe…Read moreRead more of this comment
This is my first book by Jojo Moyes.
I started and skipped over a lot in the beginning not much substance and drawn out.
I was very disappointed and just could not get into it. I never finished the book.
This was recommended by the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 12, 2021sunnyblonde rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I found the first 165 or so pages a bit meh but after that the story was great. Strong well written characters are likely what kept me going (and it was recommended to me by a friend) but once the story really picked up there were twists…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 04, 2021Diane_329 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. Each character was well written; I feel that I know each one of the librarians. There were both very touching and sad parts in the book and I kept hoping that things would turn out okay. I liked the setting…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 27, 2021yukon2011 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
If you like the southern noir intensity of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and
Flannery O'Connor to name a few, this book is a great taste of the genre.
This is a less dense read to suit a more modern audience with a quicker…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 10, 2021spudwil rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Basic, formulaic, and predictable plot. Unlikely book club worthy. Sounds like it was written with a movie of the week in mind. Better to listen to the audiobook than read it as seems more believable. I got through it.
Jun 10, 2021christysmithr rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
It's an OK story. If you like Norah Roberts' books, you will love The Giver of Stars (I DON'T like Norah Roberts). I would call this a Beach Read - it is light, easy to put down, predictable and formulaic. I grew up in the Kentucky…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 14, 2021christinalmn rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I read this for a book club and I really enjoyed it. It's a wonderful story about friendship and being true to yourself doing what you love regardless of what other people think. I loved this fictional story as a fun way to learn more…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 02, 2021elmoskippy rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed so many things about this book especially the two very brilliant twists at the end of it. To think that these women were actually able to accomplish what they did during this time, is amazing and a testament to the strong…Read moreRead more of this comment
Apr 15, 2021delphimo rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged women to become horse librarians in rural areas where people could not reach actual libraries. This WPA Pack Horse Librarian program ran from 1935 to 1943 as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. The Giver of Stars…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 23, 2021Marples22 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
What a wonderful book! I can't believe that it has taken me this long to read it! The characters are well written and the description of the town of Baileyville and the surrounding countryside of Kentucky are breathtaking. Moyes captures…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 20, 2021ArapahoeMarcia rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is another precious book by Jojo Moyes. It recounts the packhorse librarians in rural Kentucky during the Great Depression. Filled with memorable characters in an unforgettable setting. Highly recommended.
Feb 22, 2021SFBookAddict rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I thought it would be a very light, happy-go-lucky, interesting read about all the good work the Depression era packhorse librarians did for their Kentucky community, which the book certainly accomplished, but this book is really much,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 01, 2021JCLRachelN rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was a fascinating story set during Kentucky’s time of Pack Horse librarians. I enjoyed getting to know each of the librarians and quickly became invested in their lives as they started the traveling library, warmed up members of their…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 18, 2021michellecharris rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book though it drug a little in the beginning. I especially love how strong the main character became in her life, and was amused at the characters she met along the way. Totally fun read. Definitely recommend.
Jan 14, 2021cknightkc rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I give 4 1/2 stars to THE GIVER OF STARS, an excellent work of historic fiction. Author Jojo Moyes captures the sights, sounds, and feel of Depression-era Kentucky, particularly the attitudes and social mores of the time. Six incredible…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 03, 2021julieg0511 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a beautifully written story with characters that are developed in such a way that you can lose yourself in this wonderful story. I loved this book. One of the top books I read in 2020 - and I read a lot like most of us! Kind of…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 21, 2020Alpha_zzz rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This was an interesting book and informative regarding the Packhorse Library in Kentucky. It had great character development and a solid plot; however, it tends to run long, and about 3/4 of the way through, I was wishing for a…Read moreRead more of this comment
Dec 19, 2020phyllis94941 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Well-researched book about the women packhorse librarians of Kentucky in the 1930's, part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library. The novel focuses on the relationships of these women librarians in the small town of Baileyville, and…Read moreRead more of this comment