Book Review for WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS by Glendy Vanderah
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS by Glendy Vanderah
Lake Union Publishing
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A beautiful story about pain, loss, love, and learning to trust again.
WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE STARS is a bewitching and heartwarming story. Vanderah has written something so stunning and honest that I dare you not to fall in love with Ursa, Jo, and Gabriel. I am in awe of the eloquence in the prose as well as the author's ability to weave together this slightly magical tale.
To be honest, I am finding it difficult to write what I feel about this book. The levels of emotion and overall heart within these pages effected me on a profoundly deep level. The characters are richly layered in their attributes as well as in their flaws. Also, there is a powerful realness to how Ursa is dealing with a no doubt traumatic experience. This little girl is the soul of this tale. If only for a little while, I am glad I was able to be in her world and hear her story.
At its core, this book is about human nature. It deals with loss, pain, and potential to be the best versions of ourselves. It is laced with a mystery of who Ursa is. As every page passed, I wanted her to be who she said she was even though the skeptic in me doubted it. After all, how wonderful would it be to experience five miracles and look at everything with such awe?
This book is a must read.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.
After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.
The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?
Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.
About the Author: Glendy Vanderah worked as an endangered bird specialist in Illinois before she became a writer. Originally from Chicago, she now lives in rural Florida with her husband and as many birds, butterflies, and wildflowers as she can lure to her land. Where the Forest Meets the Stars is her debut novel.
Hardcover: 321 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2019)