The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. (2019).
**4 out of 5 stars**
It’s the 1930s and English Alice has just made an impulsive decision to marry American Bennett. But when she gets to Baileyville, Kentucky where her husband doesn’t pay her much attention and is dominated by his father, it isn’t the adventure and escape she thought it would be. Until she meets Margery. Margery is known as a troublesome woman and is on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading. Alice joins Margery and a couple other women in riding horses to deliver books and on the way discover freedom, friendship and a life to call their own. But soon Baileyville turns against them…
I love the main concept of this novel, being librarians that deliver books on horseback. They were heroes as far as I’m concerned and I like to think that the current services like housebound books on wheels exist because of these pioneers. I know this author is super popular but this is actually the first book of hers I’ve read and I can say that I quite enjoyed it. The women in this book were amazing, strong and intelligent. I wish a little more time had been spent on the other librarians apart from Alice and Margery (not that I didn’t enjoy their stories, it’s just the other women also sounded so interesting). I felt sorry for poor Alice; between her unsupportive family back home, her weak husband and her controlling father-in-law she had a pretty rough time! I also felt for Margery, and I was hoping that she and Alice would end up with happy endings.
I’d be happy to recommend this one.