The Giver of Stars (2019)

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England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright  -- restless, stifled -- makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure -- or the escape -- that she hoped for. That is, until she meets Margery O'Hare, a troublesome woman -- and daughter of a notorious felon  -- the town wishes to forget.

Margery's on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost --  and she needs Alice's help. Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship --  and a life to call their own. But when the town turns against them, will their belief in one another -- and the power of the written word --  be enough to save them?

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Alice Wright has travelled halfway across the world to escape her stifling life in England. Handsome American businessman Bennett Van Cleve represents a fresh start. But she soon realises that swapping the twitching curtains of suburbia for newlywed life in the wild mountains of Kentucky isn't the answer to her prayers. But maybe meeting Margery O'Hare is. The heart and backbone of the small community of Salt Lick, a woman who isn't afraid of anything or anyone, Margery is on a mission.

Enlisting Alice, along with three other women, all from very different backgrounds, to join her, the band of unlikely sisters battle the elements and unforgiving terrain - as well as brave all manner of dangers and social disapproval - to ride hundreds of miles a week to deliver books to isolated families. Transforming the lives of so many is all the impetus they need to take such risks.

And for Alice, her new job and blossoming friendships become an unexpected lifeline, providing her with the courage she needs to make some tough decisions about her marriage. Then a body is found in the mountains, rocking the close-knit community and tearing the women apart as one of them becomes the prime suspect. Can they pull together to overcome their greatest challenge yet?

Inspired by a remarkable true story, the unforgettable journey of five extraordinary women living in extraordinary and perilous times.
 

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AuthorJojo Moyes
PublisherPenguin Books
PlaceLondon
Year2020
ISBN9780718183219
BindingPaperback
ConditionGood
CommentsGeneral wear and tear, yellowed pages
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