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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…
May 21, 2021
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Mar 03, 2021uncommonreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This novel is written by a romance story author and hence is very predictable. Nevertheless, the story of female friendship and the pack horse librarians is worthwhile.
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,…
Feb 17, 2021
Recommended by Daphne
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…
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…
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…
Dec 28, 2020divisia rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I cried a bunch so you know it's a good read. Highly recommend!
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…
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…
Dec 16, 2020AnnabelleLee27 rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
An historical fiction/romance with a great premise and interesting setting. Characters were not complex and largely predictable against the melodramatic action. Overall a non-challenging, light, and enjoyable read.
Dec 12, 2020maxxcat rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Took me a little while to get into it, but then it grabbed me and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Very well written and about a place and time I knew little about.
Nov 14, 2020EARRRRRR rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
It takes more than lost love to deter a fierce-spirited English wife in a Kentucky town to forget herself. As part of a traveling horse-back librarians, Alice befriends "dangerous" women, who accept Alice for who she is. A distant husband,…
Oct 30, 2020reedjc1 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a start-up library in rural Kentucky. The librarians are all female and ride horses into the mountains to deliver books to those who rarely come to town. Most of the characters are likable…
Oct 20, 2020Hillsboro_JenniFerg rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A phenomenal historical fiction that I highly recommend! Jojo Moyes writes so beautifully and the characters are so engaging!
Oct 17, 2020
Had never read Moyes before. A little romancey, but surprisingly interesting, good
Oct 12, 2020Trixie_reads rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I imagine listening to the audiobook made this more enjoyable for me than if I'd read this. It was more a romance than historical fiction, and I'm not a big romance fan. It was interesting, but had some "too good to be true" characters…