There are not many books like this one. There is the history, the love, the laughs, and the tears all in one book. Jojo Moyes has created a sensation to help feel all the emotions, make you love and hate the characters all while it tells a story based on the true lives of the Packhorse Librarians in Kentucky.
The story shows the life of Alice, a wealthy girl from England who marries Bennett Van Cleve, a highclass man from America.
This heart-warming novel is set in the stunning mountains of Kentucky, where Alice moves to with her husband. Her life doesn’t go the way she planned, and she is left contemplating what there is to live for. She gets a job with the new programme, a mobile library on horseback, and realises she didn’t have to live the way her family expected her to. Alice is a character who stands up for what is right, and let’s nothing stop her in her tracks. She makes friends with Margaret, who is judged and isolated by the people of the village because of her bloodlines while she is being judged herself for being British.
Jojo Moyes has captured my heart with this new novel, drawing me into this loving story of a girl trying to find herself in a world that is far more different than she ever expected. She leads a new life and meets people that change her. This book transported me from 2020 East Anglia to 1930s Kentucky from the first couple of pages, and involves the reader as if they were there, omni-present, just watching the story unfold.
One thing I adore about this book is how unpredictable it is. It turns with every corner in unexpected ways, and with every chapter leaving you wanting more. What is so interesting is that it is set during The Great Depression but that is not the focus. The focus is on a story I, and likely many other people, didn’t know about. It went above and beyond my expectations when I pre-ordered this book, already a fan of Jojo Moyes’ books, and I’m still in love with it.
If you are looking for a book to capture your heart that also teaches you a part of history nearly forgotten, I could not recommend a better book.