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The Giver of Stars
The Giver of Stars: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their unforgettable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium When Alice Wright agrees to marry handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leave behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky, shes soon disenchanted by her newlywed status and overbearing father-in-law, owner of the local coal mine. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, the smart-talking, self-sufficient daughter of a notorious local criminal, a woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. Alice finds Margery as bracing and courageous as anyone she's ever met--and comes to rely on her, especially as her marriage starts to fail. They will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to these women--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers--from moonshiners to snakes, from mountains to floods--and social disapproval to boot. But they believe deeply in their work bringing books to people who had never had any, expanding horizons and arming them with facts that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, the storytelling itself here is enthralling--the pages fly, and the book is unparalleled in its scope and its epic breadth. Funny, heartbreaking, and rewarding, it is a rich novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
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melissajayne
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This is my pick for #lmpbc I said I would pick historical fiction

TheKidUpstairs Ooh, good pick! I've been wanting to read this one. 7d
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Melismatic
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this enough and it was well written historical fiction, set in 1930‘s Kentucky. But the plot was *slow* and there was so much focus on what was basically a secondary storyline (Alice/Bennett) that the crux of the story lost impact.

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BooksNBowls
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Another one from my TBR! #celebbookclub #bookmoods #wordchallenge

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list 💫⭐️ 3w
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Lizthewiz
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Enjoyed listening to this one. If you can get past bad “country” accents, it‘s a good story of women empowerment and resilience in the 1930‘s. Also based on a true events, so that‘s cool.

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Mdonald
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VanessaCW
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I loved this story. Some great characters and a good plot line. My favourite was Margery, I could picture her in my mind vividly! I found it an interesting read, too. Well written and very engaging, I can highly recommend it.

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janeycanuck
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A slow start but then I couldn't put it down. The story just kept moving and Moyes created such tension in places that I literally found myself leaning forward as I read. The characters were such fun, I love strong women in times they weren't supposed to be strong. This was my first Moyes, I'll have to pick up more again soon.

CoverToCoverGirl I adored this one! 🤩 3mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Thank you so much Cydney! This was a wonderful surprise to get today!
@CBee

CBee You‘re very welcome, Harper! Just wanted to send a little something to let you know I‘m keeping you in my thoughts ♥️ 4mo
RenePenn Loved this look. 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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I enjoyed this I just didn‘t love it. Female friendship and glorious descriptions of the Kentucky hills were great but over all perhaps a tad melodramatic for my tastes.

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swishandflick
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While there were some parts in the early/middle sections that seemed to drag a little more than necessary, I found this to be an overall delightful read with a historical angle that I'd never heard of. I found these women, their traveling library, and the friendships they formed, to be quite endearing.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mcctrish I impulse grabbed this on audio and I loved it 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
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A few days late for #TravelTuesday It‘s been that kind of week 🤷‍♀️

It seems like I should have read a million books from a beautiful state like Kentucky, but the two pictured are the only ones I had on my list. I enjoyed them both.

I‘ve enjoyed several trips to Kentucky. Did you know you can sera moonbow at Cumberland Falls? https://sciencemadefun.net/blog/the-science-of-moonbows/

Sunset background here was taken on a trip in 2018.

megnews Beautiful sunset! I‘ve heard about the moonbow. Would love to see that! 5mo
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megnews
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The Giver of Stars is my favorite book set in Kentucky. I haven‘t read The Last Blue but it‘s on my tbr and I really want to get to it.
I‘ve only driven through Kentucky and not visited. I‘d love to hear recommendations for places to visit.
#TravelTuesday

plemmdog Lexington and Louisville are charming mid-size cities. And I especially love Berea, an arts and crafts center. KY also has several old Shaker settlements. And of course there‘s bourbon…😊 5mo
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jessjess
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Thank you @melissajayne for this wonderful #littlechristmasswap gift!! I LOVE red licorice and opening this was heaven sent 🥰

jessjess And a big thank you goes to @bookish_wookish for organizing the #lcs swap for us all! It was really nice to participate in ☺ 6mo
melissajayne I am glad you like the package; hope you enjoy it all. 6mo
jessjess @melissajayne definitely am muching on licorice right now 😊 6mo
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Blueberry
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I thought the second half dragged a little after the more condensed first half. But an excellent read.

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Blueberry
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Blueberry
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Currently reading for f2f bookclub.

CoverToCoverGirl It‘s SO good. 🙂 6mo
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Librarybelle
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In a departure from Moyes‘ usual style, The Giver of Stars showcases the packhorse librarians of Kentucky in the early 20th century. You really get to know about these strong women in the narrative, and I was so entranced with the storyline, the struggles the women faced, as well as the nuances of daily life in rural Kentucky. #June #12BooksOf2021

Andrew65 Sounds wonderful. 6mo
kplovesbooks This has been on my TBR since it came out!! I hope I can get to it finally in 2022! 6mo
Librarybelle @kplovesbooks Hope you can get to it in 2022! 6mo
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bodeae@lps.wels.net
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Ahhh I LOVED this book! It really tugged at the heart strings, as it told the story of 5 strong, young, independent women helping those around them and paving their own paths in the process. I think any girl who feels a little lost in this world should read this, and guys too. This story Jojo Moyes tells could apply to absolutely anyone. I'm sad I'm done reading it:)

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Ms.Story
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If you had a book mobile full of children‘s books, what would you call it?

wanderinglynn Moving Stories or maybe Mobile Dreams (edited) 7mo
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PageShifter
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I accidentally posted this as a blurb, so I only add now : PICK ;)

Reading this was pure pleasure, I loved everything: characters, story, setting. I loved to follow characters' lives - and they really had to struggle through things.

I loved the atmosphere, I don't know why but isolated towns are dear to me. And this was a historical also so life was a bit different than nowadays.

Book 2 during #novelnovember

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 I really need to read a Jojo Moyes book. 7mo
PageShifter @Andrew65 This was third I read and everyone has been worth reading 7mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Decided to pick this one for my next listen…

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Booknerd2
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How did I wait so long to read this book!!!
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kremi One of my favorite books!❤🧡💛 8mo
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cwarnier
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#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks
October Book Spin/ Bingo
I am always pumped up, but never seem to do as good as I would like. Oh well!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 9mo
Sargar114 I hear ya! But making the board is so fun! 9mo
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sleepy.ash87
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This was a great read! Very entertaining with a wonderful description of female bonds, love, survival, and finding hope through empowerment and perseverance.

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amber_ldsmom
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Great book, but I was left with one answered question, which is driving me a little crazy. 🙂

ShelleyBooksie Whats the question? 9mo
amber_ldsmom @ShelleyBooksie What was Bennett‘s issue? 9mo
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LaurenMags
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A novel that takes place during the great depression about a group of women in Kentucky that work for the Pack Horse Librarians. Wonderful storyline but a little disappointed with how everything was wrapped up perfectly with a bow.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Listening to The Giver of Stars whilst I get back into watercolor painting after 4 years break. I was only a beginner back then so still in my learning phase.
Hoping to paint some more interesting subjects in the future. Although not yet finished I gained some confidence whilst listening to this beautiful book and getting familiar with my paints again. What a satisfying evening.

This story is so beautifully told. I'm loving it so far.

Kimberlone Pretty!! 11mo
Lindy Lovely painting! 11mo
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 11mo
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katy4peas Wow! I‘m learning watercolor, but mine is nowhere near as controlled as yours is! Beautiful! 😍 11mo
marleed So pretty! 10mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s incredible—you‘re really good! 10mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm This is lovely! I‘ve always wanted to be able to do watercolors. Every attempt of mine looks like a muddy mess. 😅 10mo
Suet624 Lovely! 10mo
Nute Quite lovely! 10mo
WJCintron Great job! This is beautiful! 👏 👏 👏 😃 10mo
julieclair A beautiful painting and a beautiful book! 5mo
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Peaceful_Reader
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Margery, Alice, Izzy, Beth, and Kathleen are all women I will remember for a long time. Thank heavens for book club choices bc this is one I might not have picked up in my own.

marleed Since you liked this you might want to check out the tagged. It tells a similar-ish story but told from the perspective of a writer who grew up in Kentucky. It‘s an interesting aspect to the own-voice perspective, and it has Blue people! Also, I think it‘s perfectly acceptable to like both books! 11mo
Peaceful_Reader @marleed : thank you for the suggestion! 11mo
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RenePenn
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1. In our travel trailer!
2. BamaGlamper
3. The Giver of Stars.
4. To finish gods in Alabama (paperback) and The Betrothed (audio) and make a dent in The Soulmate Equation (kindle)
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@ImperfectCJ

ImperfectCJ I love your camp name! I keep trying to convince my family we need a travel trailer or RV, but they don't agree. Great to have you at camp this week! 11mo
RenePenn @ImperfectCJ Thank you! 11mo
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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I've been jumping around a few books this week and tried out this one before it disappears from my audio library in 3 days. Well, I'm loving it so far!

CoverToCoverGirl Such a good book! 11mo
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MindyK59
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This book is based on a true story about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the Depression. It was a story of 5 strong women and their friendship, love, and loyalty no matter what forces they faced in their lives. It kept me interested to the very end. I recommend it.

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PaperbackPirate
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🤩 Today‘s #CuriousCovers prompt is Stars. It reminded me that I never shared this picture or review from November!
✨This is a historical fiction story about librarians that brought books to rural homes on horseback. Horses, books, and girl power made it a win for me, but it wasn‘t a keeper.
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Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @Eggs !

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!!! ✨✨✨ 12mo
Eggs I really enjoyed this🌟🌟 Also Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek-similar theme 12mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! ⭐️🌟🤩 12mo
PaperbackPirate I might try it some day @Eggs 🤩⭐️✨ 12mo
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Librarybelle
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I finished this a couple of days ago, but am just now finding an opportunity to post about it.

I greatly enjoyed this book, which follows the Packhorse Librarians in rural Kentucky during the Depression Era. What I loved about this book was the exploration of female friendship. The descriptions of poverty were heartbreaking. Ultimately, though, this is a story about strong women showing that they can persevere through anything.

Librarybelle @Librariana - I had to miss the book discussion on this I was supposed to lead, thanks to a migraine, but I still plan to read Book Woman and compare/contrast. Those who read both books, from what I understand from my colleague who led the discussion on my behalf, did not really discuss similarities/differences between the two books. I‘m very curious what I will think after finishing Book Woman… 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl I really enjoyed this one too! Definitely in my top 5 for this year. 13mo
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Caroline_Roberts
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Best book I've read in a long time. The setting and characters drew me in so much that I devoured it in 2 days. The plot was perfectly paced so that I never wanted to put it down!

JenlovesJT47 I freaking loved this book! Probably my favorite book from 2020 ❤️ 13mo
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Jgacreations
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Amazing. I loved it!

Nute I‘ve read very favorable comments about this book. Can‘t wait to read it!🙂 12mo
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Skygoddess1
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#NutsInMay is off to a good start. I finished the tagged book which is this month‘s pick for my book club. I really enjoyed this story not only because I loved he librarians and the bonds that they formed, but also because it introduced me to a part of US history that I knew nothing about. #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 Must try this author. 13mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s raining, again, so audio building to finish this great story! I loved listening to this tale of the library initiative spurred on by Mrs Roosevelt to get books into the hands of rural Americans to increase literacy ❤️

dylanisreading I have this same Lego set! Haven't put it together yet lol. 14mo
mcctrish @Bianca I got mine for Christmas and did the first 2 bags. Then we went back to school ( I‘m a substitute teacher) but I knew we‘d be back to remote again so I saved it. Yesterday I thought it was a good idea to get building again ( besides being Star Wars day, the weather is crap right now) 14mo
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mcctrish
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Multi tasking in the backyard: weeding, transplanting, first laundry day of 2021 and cleaning the tub ( the lift flew up in the big winds a few days ago so it was full of cedar hedge junk and pollen) out and trying to get the chemicals balanced. All made better listening to this story. It‘s so nice to work outside

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mcctrish
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Today has been a good day! I got this lovely card from @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego and listened to my book a lot getting some stuff done. Audio books are great for climbing right into stories ❤️ thx so much Danielle for the catch up note and pile of stickers

CaffeineAndCandy 💜💜💜 1y
ShelleyBooksie Gorgeous card! 1y
AmyG That‘s great. I‘d like to do that, too. 1y
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mcctrish @CaffeineAndCandy isn‘t this a great card 🥰 Litsy mail is the BEST 1y
mcctrish @ShelleyBooksie I love it 🥰 perfect Litsy mail kind of card 1y
mcctrish @AmyG it doesn‘t feel like work when you are listening to a book ( although I still hate cleaning bathrooms ) 1y
Cathythoughts Great card 💕 1y
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Hif.saa
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One can truly feel the profundity while reading it. It‘s one of those sorts which isn‘t found easily in a reading list but one day you‘ll stumble upon it, left in thoughts!
Friendship, racism, women empowerment and many other powerful themes have been fathomed into a constellation.
P.S. I think it would make a good movie since I didn‘t like many scenes in the book which could be cut out in the film but still I would give it many stars!

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Hif.saa
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//-You know what's really wonderful about those fireflies? Sure, they live for just a few weeks. Not much at all in the grand scheme of things. But while they're there, the beauty of them, well, it takes your breath away. You get to see the world in a whole new way. And then you have that beautiful picture burned onto the inside of your head. To carry it wherever you go. And never forget it-//
~Jojo Moyes
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#thegiverofstars #jojomoyes #bestseller

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This Depression Era historical fiction has it all: friendships, marriage troubles, discrimination and otherness, poverty, female empowerment. Mix it together with floods, a mystery, and plenty about books. Winning combination IMHO. And it was just what I needed!

Thanks to that person in my IRL book group who usually picks the meh books. This one breaks her streak!

Full review hot;//www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2021

RenePenn I enjoyed this one as well! 1y
Librariana I heard there was some type of controversy regarding the similarities between this book and 1y
Librariana ⬆️ But apparently Moyes' publisher stood by her work and had confidence in its integrity. Makes me curious to read both books! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl This was an excellent read! Nearly as good as 1y
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‘Maybe that‘s the thing we need to understand, Alice. That some things are a gift, even if you don‘t get to keep them.‘
There was a silence before he spoke again.
‘Maybe just to know that something this beautiful exists is all we can really ask for.‘

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This is an excellent audiobook. A little historical fiction and delightful characters about the traveling library. I won‘t give a spoiler but the results of the trial made me laugh out loud. I don‘t think it would have been a good if it wasn‘t in audio but still a good read. If you liked The Paris Library and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, then you will like this, too!

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Cathyloves2read
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If you want to read a book about strong women, this ones for you! It was similar to another book that I read (The Book women of Troublesome Creek), but it was also different. I believe the only similarity was that they were both written about the horseback librarians. I enjoyed each book equally. I enjoyed the characters, especially Alice.

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Dcueto
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Just finished this and yall, I heard all the good things you had to say about it and it did not disappoint!!! Now for the book hangover. Any books like this you can recommend?

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