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Where the Forest Meets the Stars Hardcover – March 1, 2019
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“Though the novel appears to start as a fantasy, it evolves into a domestic drama with murder-mystery elements, all adding up to a satisfying read.” —Booklist
“Enchanting, insightful, and extraordinary.” —Novelgossip
“Vanderah’s beautifully human story reminds us that sometimes we need to look beyond the treetops at the stars to let some light into our lives.” —New York Journal of Books
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a magical little gem of a book filled with lots of love and hope.” —HelloGiggles
“A captivating fantasy tale of mystery and intrigue…” —Fresh Fiction
“A skillfully written and thoroughly entertaining novel by an author with a genuine gift for originality and a distinctive narrative-driven storytelling style…” —Midwest Book Review
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars, by Glendy Vanderah, is an enchanting, heartwarming, not to be missed novel that is bursting with love and hope.” —The Patriot Ledger
“A heartwarming, magical story about love, loss, and finding family where you least expect it. This touching novel will remind readers of a modern-day The Snow Child.” —Christopher Meades, award-winning author of Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars is an enchanting novel full of hope and the power of love that will pull at your heartstrings. Perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen.” —Karen Katchur, author of The Sisters of Blue Mountain
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars will grab you from the very first page and surprise you the whole way through. This is an incredibly original, imaginative, and curious story. Glendy Vanderah has managed to create a world that is very real and, yet, entirely out of the ordinary.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
“In Where the Forest Meets the Stars, Glendy Vanderah weaves a deft and poignant story with well-drawn characters, including clever Ursa. With an unexpected and heart-racing climax, readers will wait breathlessly to find out what happens. A beautiful story of love, resilience, and the power of second chances.” —Susie Orman Schnall, award-winning author of The Subway Girls
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a lovely, surprising, and insightful look at the way bonds are formed—both the ones that we choose and the ones that seem to choose us.” —Rebecca Kauffman, author of The Gunners
“Where the Forest Meets the Stars is an enchanting novel…Readers will be taken by Glendy Vanderah’s rich and relatable characters and the way in which she weaves their stories together. At its core, Where the Forest Meets the Stars is about having faith, nurturing hope, and trusting your heart above your head, because when you do, miracles are possible.” —Janis Thomas, bestselling author of What Remains True
“A powerful story of the way in which hearts are mended by love, compassion, and everyday miracles. Cleverly plotted and building to an intense crescendo in the final chapters, Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a beautiful and unforgettable debut.” —Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author
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.
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 332 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154204006X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542040068
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glenda Vanderah has created characters that are fully developed and interact flawlessly as participants in this fast moving story. They fuss and struggle and learn to love each other with ferocity in the midst of trying to ascertain the truth of the youngsters travail. This is a unique story and in all the thousands of books I’ve read, there’s not been anything else like it. This is special and you’ll be effected. If there were a second volume, I’d be happy to reconnect with these folks.
The story is dialogue driven and the dialogue is magical. I laughed out loud many times as the pages flew by. There are no issues with gratuitous violence or sexual content and just a few f-bombs that were totally unnecessary. In fact, they were the only expletives on one page; absurd. That issue aside, this book is worth every one of those 5* and then some. Bravo, Ms. Vanderah!
Joanna Toule, a field biologist, was studying Indigo Buntings in Southern Illinois. Loving nature, I was drawn to this lady with her talents for locating the nests. And, after that the manner in which these nests and birds were recorded and later analyzed. One quote that I loved: 'In nature, the winner is the one that produces the most young'. For nature lovers, there is more than ample bird information and some interesting tidbits about water beetles and addis flies.
A young girl, Ursa appears and there is a mystery surrounding her. Who is she and where did she come from? There is a neighbor, Gabriel Nash, that is called the Egg Man. He also has an air of mystery around him.
The author touches on cancer survival and how it affects a person afterwards. This was extremely well done as it included not only the survivor but also friends. The stigma that is attached to certain types of cancer are also covered.
Depression is also covered in depth...There are many causes of depression and it may be the result of genetics or environment. Lots of questions concerning this....is one able to recover with love and happiness?
Another quote that I loved 'Sometimes a bad thing has to happen to make a good thing happen'. Looking back at my personal life (70 + years), this is so true. The things I thought were so bad at the time, turned out to be the best outcome.
Lots in this one including the mystery of Ursa, a family mystery that is also solved. The importance of forgiveness in life is also covered. The author ties everything up at the end...very nicely and all the answers are there.. An interesting mix of characters also contributed to the plot... Loved the independence of Tabby! I would like to meet her and have a conversation!
Please note that this is my First Reads selection for FEB 2019.
It's a shame because this book had a lot going for it too, but that removed simplistic view of the world made it hard to take seriously.
And the writing was just so incredibly bad in places. Not so much at the beginning of the book as toward the middle, and definitely at the end, when it turned amazingly simplistic. Example: "Jo rolled the table away and sat on the edge of the bed. Gabe pulled over a chair. Jo held Ursa's hand." Yes, that is an actual paragraph. Or how about this . . . "After breakfast they bought Ursa colored pencils and art paper and Jo purchased a new cell phone. Jo walked Gabe to the parking garage. He gave Jo his two room keys." Very amateurish writing.
Overall, not a good book. I did finish it, but I did not really enjoy it and can't recommend it. At least I didn't have to PAY for it - thanks Amazon First!
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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 and it is impossible not to feel the warmth radiating from the pages of this novel as their relationship develops. Initially you feel as suspicious as Jo about Ursa’s sudden appearance but, Ursa’s sweet innocence inevitably wins you over.
Ursa’s innocence is amazing and endearing. It is a reflection of times gone by and an innocence in childhood that we, as adults, unfortunately lose whilst growing up. That precious time is something to be protected and I think this is one of the things that encourages Jo to care for and protect Ursa. Furthermore, the “miracles” that Ursa has come to witness are so unexpected but undoubtedly provide both Jo and readers alike that same feeling of warmth, as Ursa takes delight in such simple and natural things in life.
The internal struggles that Jo and Gabe overcome are heart-wrenching. They are similar in their isolation and loneliness in life and it is Ursa that helps them to reconnect with those around them. She is like a little miracle in herself! Bringing a clarity, warmth and simplicity to life, readers share the excitement all three characters feel as they undergo a summer of discovery and a personal journey. Jo, having recently lost her mother to breast cancer and recovering from life-changing surgery, sees something in Ursa that encourages her to embrace company and a delight for life once more. Coupled with Gabe’s complicated upbringing, there is enough upset and trauma to throw these three characters together in a wonderful story-line.
The climax to this story was unexpected. Reflecting the uncertain times we live in, I found myself becoming increasingly anxious about what would happen to Jo, Ursa and Gabe. The police involvement was difficult for me to read as I desperately wanted a happy ending to come from such a lovely story. Some emotional issues are revealed in this novel which juxtaposes with the innocent summer of discovery that happens in the forest. As a result, the closing of the novel literally made me sigh with the satisfaction of knowing that the writer had got the balance just right.
This was a fantastic story. I was a bit reluctant to read this based on the blurb but, being so different, wanted to give it my attention. And I am so glad I did, because the book aftermath has left me feeling all warm, cosy, and pondering the real Ursa.
Starts off well and as other reviewers have said, enchanting but then tends to drag on and become twee. Have to say that I doubt men will enjoy this as it’s too ‘lovey dovey’. There are also certain issues thrown into the mix that do stretch credibility. That said, take the book at face value- it’s a journey into a light hearted fantasy with some realistic life problems dealt with in an alternative manner.
If you enjoy escapism then this will ‘hit the mark’, otherwise you maybe disappointed.
There are no loose ends in the story because EVERYTHING is tied up so neatly that it becomes twee.
The language and writing style are basic.
I gave it three stars as I did enjoy reading the story but it felt like the debut novel it is.