Where the Forest Meets the Stars
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 he ...more
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Giveaway dates: Feb 01 - Feb 28, 2019
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When my publicist buddy Ashley sent me this and said, you were this first person I thought of when I finished this one, it’s right up your alley and is very similar to Catherine Ryan Hyde I had a feeling I was in for a treat! Man was she ever right, I was totally charmed by this one it’s such an unusual and gorgeous read.
I adore books about unlikely friendships and the sudden bond that develops between Jo and Ursa was the type that I like most of all. Jo is a broken woman, she battled breas ...more
First few pages: Alien kid, like KPAX or Sati. Ok, I can get into this.
A few more pages: Ominous foreshadowing. Not digging that. But hey, there's a cute dog, too!
A few chapters in: A romance between two damaged people. This works, too, and it works with the star child and the dog. Nice. I'll just forget about that foreshadowing nonsense.
A few more chapters: Ooooooohhhhh.... This book is going to break my heart.
After more chapters: Emotiona ...more
I think that the premise and the characters were actually quite unique and built on a solid foundation. As a research wildlife biologist myself, I related to both the biologist side of Jo, but also to the complex, agoraphobic Gabe...and to the awkward, fumbling relationship dance they endured with each other. I would have give ...more
It charmed me with the appearance of a child that truly did seem to be intelligent enough to be alien, and the young woman who opened her home and heart was also engaging. It has qualities of a fairy tale until it meets harsher truths. My preference would have been a short story that ended in the middle of the book.
I appreciated the bird work, the natural setting in Illinois, the healing power of love.
What a great book! I started reading this novel on Saturday night and ended up rearranging my Superbowl Sunday plans so that I could finish it the next day. The characters are very human, very imperfect, and so endearing. The reader meets the little girl at the same time that the characters do and we are all swept away by the mystery that brings all of these characters togeth ...more
My biggest issue with this book is that I didn't like the protagonist, Jo.
The first half of the book she was a robot, completely void of a personality. The second half of the book, I thought she was very pretentious. Also for a scientist she sure is ignorant and bigoted, particularly when it involves mental health.
I didn't appreciate her forcing Gabe to change so much just because she wanted him to be a ce ...more
This selection is currently available for FREE for Prime members so definitely scoop it up! This is a heartwarming debut about how a child teaches two strangers to find love and trust again.
The story opens immediately with a child showing up at a woman's temporary home where she is residing while studying research on nesting birds . Dirty and sickly looking, she says that she is an al ...more
What kept it from being a five-star read for me was my inability to really connect with Jo. For t ...more
The concept of Ursa being an alien within a dead girl’s body runs throughout the story. Even when the writer reveals the answers, I could not help but feel there was still more left unsaid. The bond that she develops with Jo and then Gabe is so wonderful ...more
This was a Prime First selection for February 2019. The editor had very nice things to say about it, and frankly, the other Prime First offerings did not arouse any enthusiasm in my reading self (this happens some months and I am ALWAYS happy with the book I reluctantly choose. This is different. This is a happy dance choice!).
I am only on Chapter 9 as I write this, and the book is much better than advertised. I am enchanted.
As the book continues, more magic appears. This ...more
This was the perfect book to read the week before Valentine’s Day. It was a little hallmark channel movie-ish, but so well written that it managed to stay out of being cheesy. Very predictable, but sometimes that’s ok. Characters were warm, real and endearing. Kudos to myself for picking a winner for February!
This was so sweet, so extraordinary in the levels of feelings I developed for the characters.
One thing that struck me as very unique in this book was that quickly after there was some foreshadowing of something that had happened, you found out what that was. You didn't spend 300 pages with that lingering in the back of you mind, wondering what had happened, or if you had made it up. I hope I'm not the only one that does that.
I hope there's a sequel. I'd like to know what else ...more
I love that Jo while skeptical of Ursa kind of just didn't question or push too hard. It was like she could tell that Ursa was special. Which, she was. She is my favorite. However, she is not the only orphan featured in this book. There is Little Bear, a stray dog that Ursa befriended. Finall ...more
Beautifully written page turner that keeps you guessing as it twists and turns and you learn more about the main characters. Definitely a few twists I didn't see coming and I wish those had been fleshed out a bit more, but the story moved and flowed in a way that felt like magic (: