The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

I absolutely loved the Me Before You trilogy by Jojo Moyes, so I was looking forward to reading her new novel, The Giver of Stars. The front cover makes the bold claim from The Times – ‘Her best novel yet’. Best? How could anything bet better than Me Before You?

Set in 1937, The Giver of Stars is the story of Alice. Alice leaves behind her bland, middle class English life for the adventure of marrying a good looking American and moving to the USA. But the people of Baileyville, Kentucky, are wary of newcomers – especially ones who talk like the Queen.

Alice is excited to start her new life with her husband, but she soon realises that her domineering father-in-law is part of the package and there is no privacy for the newlyweds.

When a library service, delivering books on horseback, starts up in the town, Alice finds something to do with her life. The Packhorse Library brings books and literacy to vulnerable, isolated people. It gives Alice freedom and friendship, but not everyone likes the library or its librarians. And Alice’s father-in-law is one of them…

The Giver of Stars is a wonderful book about friendship, love, marriage, strong women – and a little blue book that gets the whole town talking. It touches on so many issues which are still relevant today, including racism, domestic abuse and toxic masculinity.

I can’t tell you how much I love this book. I would recommend it to literally everyone.

Better than Me Before You? Do you know, it just might be! While Me Before You is a fairly straightforward love story, enhanced by the humorous and loveable character of Lou, The Giver of Stars feels so much bigger and bolder. Set in a different place and a different time, it feels like there is much more substance to it.

If you are looking for a moving, but feel good read, you need The Giver of Stars in your life.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I loved this book, I definitely preferred it to the books in the Me Before You trilogy, like you say there’s definitely more substance to it and I enjoyed the historical aspect.

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    • I really liked the historical aspect too. It actually felt to me like it was set in something like the 1850s rather than the 1930s. I will always love the Me Before You trilogy, but this is a really special book.

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  2. Sold! I will definitely be adding this one to the list 🙂

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    • I’m sure you will love it! Definitely one of the best books I’ve had this year.

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  3. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but I love JoJo Moyes and this sounds like a great story. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂


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    • I’m sure you will enjoy this! It is a very special book indeed.

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    • It is a fantastic read. I genuinely think everyone would enjoy it.

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  4. I totally agree with your opinion, I felt there was something really powerful about this story! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    • It’s fantastic! Definitely one of my favourite reads of the year.

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