THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER AND REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK
'Wildly romantic' DAILY MAIL
'Epic' DAVID NICHOLLS
'Delightful' THE TIMES
'Beautiful' LIANE MORIARTY
A spellbinding story of love, community and friendship from the author of the international bestselling phenomenon Me Before You and The Last Letter from Your Lover, now a major motion picture
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY IS THE ONE YOU LEAST EXPECT . . .
Alice Wright doesn't love her new American husband.
Nor her domineering father-in-law or the judgmental townsfolk of Baileyville, Kentucky.
Stifled and misunderstood, she yearns for escape and finds it in defiant Margery O'Hare and the sisterhood bringing books to the isolated and vulnerable.
But when her father-in-law and the town turn against them, Alice fears the freedom, friendship and the new love she's found will be lost . . .
'A beguiling tale of unlikely love. The most appealing thing is Moyes' wonderful way with romance. Delightful' The Times
'Beautiful, special . . . with characters so real they feel like dear friends. I loved it and didn't want it to end!' Liane Moriarty
'Inspiring and wildly romantic' Daily Mail, Books of the Year
'Her best book yet. It's a romance - but about female friends, the outdoors and the magic of reading' Grazia
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Great stories are about the journey, not the destination and that’s certainly the case for this compelling novel inspired by the true story of the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. A Western is a dynamic new direction for Jojo Moyes, but one that shows bold, emotive writing will flourish in all settings. As we follow the five heroines on their gruelling mission to deliver books across the most remote and dangerous parts of the Bluegrass State, we were captivated by our diverse and complex protagonists. Most of all, leader Margery O’Hare, whose fierce commitment to her female friendships radiates from the page. Moyes impressively immerses us into the wildness of Kentucky during the Great Depression but her historical fiction reminds us of an important lesson for today’s world—that the gift of learning should always remain free for all.
An adventure story grounded in female competence and mutual support, and an obvious affection for the popular literature of the early 20th century, give this Depression-era novel plenty of appeal. Alice Wright escapes her stifling English family by marrying an American, but this choice leads to further misery in the rural Kentucky household of her unaffectionate husband and his domineering father, the owner of the local coal mine. She finds respite in riding with the women of the new WPA-sponsored horseback library. She's sustained by her friendships with the other women, especially the brash, self-sufficient Margery O'Hare, and the appreciation of the isolated families she serves. But powerful men in Baileyville oppose the library, as it employs a black woman, influences women and children's minds with fiction, encourages previously illiterate families to defend their rights against encroaching mining companies, and teaches women about intimacy through a secret copy of Married Love. Moyes (Still Me) stereotypes her antagonists a bit, but provides tremendous warmth among the librarians and centers their perspectives thoroughly. There's plenty of drama, but the reader's lasting impression is one of love.
Couldn’t put it down.
Lovely book, made me laugh and cry.
A beautiful, inspiring book about love, friendship and kindness. An absolute joy.