by Jojo Moyes
Reviewed by Linda:
Library lovers will rejoice in popular British novelist Moyes’s latest work. She has turned her focus across the Atlantic to the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression and introduces the pack horse librarians of Eastern Kentucky. A special project of Eleanor Roosevelt, travelling libraries were established around the country with mainly female librarians hired to deliver books on horseback to rural Americans. The work, as described in this fascinating novel, was grueling, but the rewards were great, and people without access to books, novels, and information hungrily read what the librarians provided. In her novel, Moyes explores the fears and joys that might have been stirred up among the townspeople by having young women out all day in the wild.