Free Shipping on Order Over $60
AfterPay Available
The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars 2

Fall in love with the enchanting Sunday Times bestseller 2020 from the author of Me Before You

by Jojo Moyes
Publication Date: 01/10/2019
5/5 Rating 2 Reviews

The brand-new standalone novel from the Number One bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me.

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

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'Hara 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?

A love letter to the power of books and literature and their ability to bring us together and deliver the truth, as well as a tribute to female friendship, The Giver of Stars is the book that Jojo Moyes was born to write.

Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):

"Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love"
Sunday Express

"Storytelling at its best"
Marie Claire

"A deeply satisfying book full of big emotions"
Good Housekeeping

"Britain's best contemporary female author"
Sun on Sunday

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter.

She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full-time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind and the Sunday Times number 1 bestselller The One Plus One.

Me Before You has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and went to the top of the charts in 9 countries, including in Germany where it held the number 1 slot for 46 weeks. She is one of the few authors to have had 3 novels on the New York Timesbestseller list at the same time. A major film adaptation of Me Before You, starring Sam Clafin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), is currently in production.

Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.


Click 'Notify Me' to get an email alert when this item becomes available

Customer Reviews

Average Rating

5 / 5 (2 Ratings)
5 stars (2)
4 stars (0)
3 stars (0)
2 stars (0)
1 stars (0)
  • The Giver of Stars

    by on

    One of the most inspiring, beautiful reads in a long time.
    Set in one of the poorest states of America at the time, corruption by the wealthy few, the issues of women’s rights, treatment of miners and prisoners are all touched on.
    While the basis of this story is the distribution of books to the isolated poor these other social issues also impact an amazing and well written book.
    This author never disappoints, but this time I believe she has excelled

  • novel set in Kentucky

    by on

    Alice has recently moved to Kentucky in search of a better life with her new husband. What she finds there however is much more than she expected. Her marriage is not happy and she soon finds a new purpose in life when she meets the women who have set up a moving library service using mules and donkeys as moving libraries.

    I’m not sure who does the most work to be honest. The women have some tricky issues to solve and they are all escaping something and someone. This library idea gives everyone a purpose. Those donkeys meanwhile have to trek for miles through hard terrain, mountains and over obstacles to take books to people and rural communities who need them. Together the women really make a difference to people most in need and it’s a joy to read this and then realise that it’s based on true facts. Such a story needs to be shouted from the rooftops and I can only say that I think Jojo is the ideal author to tell this story. I’m so pleased she has!
    This is such an inspiring and uplifting story. Through Alice and these womens’ eyes, you get a real insight into life in Kentucky during the years of depression. You can tell the author has researched this story with passion and you can really tell she’s fallen in love with both the story and the characters within it. It’s so vividly recreated and brings an amazing part of history alive.

    Such a story is heartwarming anyway, but one which involves books and the wonders of books is especially lovely. Books provide an escape to anyone who reads them, but this story takes that idea further. She’s moved to escape one world only to find herself trapped in another. Books and the travelling library give her a chance for her to see what lies ahead, outside the cage if you like. She can see and taste freedom. There’s a sisterhood out there for the taking. Every women in the story has a story to tell themselves and it was a joy to meet them all.

    The characters are richly drawn, the setting richly evoked and the idea of travelling libraries with horses is just heartwarming in every way.