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Mar 24, 2020DT_kcls rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
After the first three books I read by Jojo Moyes, 'Me Before You', 'After You', 'Still Me', I wasn't convinced I'd read another, not because of her writing but more because I felt, and still feel, she was rather cheer leading a concept I…
Mar 09, 2020tammygfarmgirl rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I loved this book SO much! A second book about the pack horse librarians! And every bit as good. I loved Alice, the young woman from England, but I loved Margery even more. I stayed up way too late reading this marvelous story.
Mar 07, 2020VaughanPLKim rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Before reading this book, I was not familiar with the Kentucky packhorse librarians. I enjoyed learning more about this part of history, as well as the friendships that formed between the librarians despite their quite different…
Mar 06, 2020ontherideau rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
"You know what the worst thing about a man hitting you?" "Ain't the hurt. It's in that instant you realize the truth of what it is to be a woman. That it don't matter how smart you are, how much better at arguing, how much better than them…
Mar 05, 2020JCLHeatherM rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
'Giver of Stars' is very well-written in terms of characterization of the six librarian pioneers who tended to to the literary (and often otherwise) needs of the rural folk. There's great instances of female friendship, and two beautiful…
Mar 05, 2020furlan rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
The story and characters were interesting but I felt the ending was contrived and not up to the quality of the rest of the book.
Feb 23, 2020writermala rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A book about depression era America did not appeal to me but when I saw it was by my favorite author Jo Jo Moyes I decided to give it a try. I really liked it as the women in it were very strong and stood up for themselves.Yet, the reality…
Feb 13, 2020Linyarai rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I read this for the "A Bestseller" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, I really felt for Alice and appreciated how strong she was in standing up for herself. The ending felt a bit rushed and incomplete, but the rest of…
Feb 10, 2020wmtlady rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I liked this even more than "Me Before You" because of the real history and relevant details of life in 1930's England and Kentucky.
Feb 08, 2020readthelibrary rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Very interesting story, based on WPA's Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky program (1935 - 1943) about ladies/girls delivering Library books on horseback in rural Kentucky. Has many story lines and lots of exciting/dangerous plots to keep…
Feb 07, 2020knradach rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Overall, I loved this novel, and appreciate that it has a satisfying ending. I found myself frustrated (to the point of tears) multiple times in the middle of the book, as the main character is trapped in a hopelessly bad relationship. I…
Jan 30, 2020curd5223 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Jo Jo Moyes may be my favorite author. I love the way she writes and keeps me turning the pages. This was so interesting and loved every minute of it.
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Jan 29, 2020JCLS_Ashland_Kristin rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Nice historical fiction with an empowering feminist message. I wish there had been more/better consideration of the WOC character...but this is, at its core, a lovely homage to the power of reading at all socioeconomic levels. Will…
Jan 25, 2020Jersey_Girl rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
May I quote Defiantfox? Love the characters, loved the story! Super great reading well into the early hours of the morning!
Jan 24, 2020Defiantfox rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved the characters. Loved the story. It's not often I give a 5 star rating.
Jan 20, 2020Llaureys66 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was a great novel! I loved al the heroines that all had great backstories. It was a novel with mystery, love story and history all in one book. I also loved the quotes from various novels. I would greatly recommend this book,…
Littlescott
Jan 07, 2020
I delivered library books to housebound readers for several years, not on horseback of course, but I just loved the concept of the different stories related by the borrowers and librarians. One of the nicest books I've read for a long…
Jan 05, 2020ididarodkid rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I was drawn to the book because I have always loved and been grateful for libraries. I had not known about these women and so it was a learning experience. Otherwise I agree with 2greyts, not much substance with way to many 'connects'…
Jan 03, 2020Reads_A_Lot rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
This is the 3rd novel I’ve read featuring the packhorse librarians in Kentucky. Since I love books and horses they keep calling to me. I liked the 4 librarians and the friendship they developed even though they were all so different from…
Dec 30, 2019njon38 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on the WPA project in Kentucky of librarians on mule bring books to the "hollars" of Apalachia. I loved this story.
Dec 19, 2019
Thoroughly enjoyable read especially for women. Good characters. But the ending was too much like a romance novel. Still recommended.
Dec 14, 2019NadiaHathor rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was my first time reading Jojo and I fully enjoyed her capability as a Storyteller. I was unfamiliar with the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the 1930's and this novel gave me an opportunity to Learn something new, as well as…
Dec 11, 2019darladoodles rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Four firefly stars for this new novel giving us the opportunity to learn more about the WPA Packhorse Library women and their impact on the hollers of Kentucky. As with "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek," you are immersed into that time…
Dec 07, 2019tina43 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I really liked this book. The women all had their own stories, yet shared the library as their main focus. It was a believable portrayal of Kentucky at this Time in our history. Highly recommend this wonderful read.
Dec 04, 2019PimaLib_SueJ rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I did not want this book to end. Jojo Moyes enticed me to learn more about the WPA (Works Progress Administration), Packhorse Library. I can't imagine riding in the Appalachian Mountains by myself delivering books to the outskirts of…