Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller.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 h...

Details Where the Forest Meets the Stars

TitleWhere the Forest Meets the Stars
Release DateMar 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Mystery

Reviews Where the Forest Meets the Stars

  • Larry H
    There are books you read that you enjoy, there are books that you love, and then there are the books you hold in your heart. Having just finished Glendy Vanderah's stunningly beautiful debut novel, Where the Forest Meets the Stars , I know it will be one to cherish. What a special book this was.Joanna Teale is an ornithologist who is recovering from a double blow: her mother's death and her own battle with breast cancer. Bearing physical and emo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    There’s a reason (or two or three) why Where the Forest Meets the Stars is an Amazon bestseller. It’s special! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ So special, in fact, I’m unlikely to forget this story or its characters. Joanna has had her share of trauma and grief. As a breast cancer survivor still grieving the loss of her mother, she goes back to graduate school to study birds (this in and of itself was fascinating, and a fun tidbit- the author had this...
  • Mackey
    4.5 or maybe 10 stars, I don't know. My mind is still blown. Don't ask me about stars right now. Oh wow! I know I shouldn’t begin a review with Oh Wow but I was so blown away with Where the Forest Meets the Stars that it has taken a few days to put words to my thoughts (and you see how well that has gone, right?) Oh wow is what I have come up with so far. Joanna Teale is an ornithologist is safely tucked away in a researcher’s cabin on the ma...
  • KAS
    Unique In So Many Ways!!As a self-professed contemporary romance junkie, this read is outside my usual genre, which I have been finding myself more and more. Captivating is definitely one adjective I would use, as well as unexpected and so very special.It was an ‘out of this world’ experience to listen to this extraordinary story. While there is a bit of romance involved, it is more about hope, friendship and miracles.There is a reason you wi...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    I think so far this is the best book I’ve read on 2019. It’s so emotional, heart warming, poignant, amazing story of three people who try to live with the hand life’s dealt them. Jo, in a remission from cancer, Gabe, fighting with his depression and a little girl Ursa who defines herself as an alien brings them together and seal their fates. The story is about living not only surviving, staying strong and seeing the worthiness of your own l...
  • Holly B
    Gorgeous storytelling and strong, relatable characters made this a book to treasure. You won't want to miss this one. This gem has everything I love in a story. I was hooked from the very beginning and my curiosity only grew stronger as the mystery of the little girl named Ursa wandered up to Jo's cabin.Ursa has a story to tell and  what a story it is!  Where did she come from? Where are her shoes? Why is she insisting she was sent to witness f...
  • Elyse Walters
    Its not a hype! I could not pull away!!!This book is soooooo easy to love!!! There is storytelling...and then there is FRESH- ORIGINAL- DELICIOUS - MASTERFULLY -ENCHANTING - TOTALLYENDEARING- storytelling...This is one of THOSE books you want to read!!!!! Go in blind! TRUST all the High Ratings!!!! Wonderful- wonderful- wonderful!!!!!! 🥰
  • Berit☀️✨
    A stunning story that will tug at your heartstrings,a tale bursting with love and sprinkled with magic! I absolutely Loved every single word in this beautiful book! A magical tale about a remarkable girl who brought hope to many. BRAVO Glendy Vanderah! This is an exceptional story that will stick with me for a long time. The fact that this is a debut is as remarkable as Ursa. Joanna is an ornithologist Who is spending the summer in rural Illinoi...
  • Jennifer
    A girl lost from the stars. A woman claiming herself after illness. A man burdened by his mind and family. Each one discovers life and love in spite of their individual trauma. These three are as varied as the stars but their need to move forward with life connects them in memorable ways. Set in a rural forest town filled with nature, mystery, tears, romance, and even a bit of suspense, Where the Forest Meets the Stars will capture you body and s...
  • Lola
    4.5 stars. This is the second most unique story I have read this year, behind Daisy Jones & The Six. There are other books worth mentioning, but somehow very few stories manage to surprise you continuously and unfold so elegantly and meaningfully. This book deserves to be studied by aspiring writers out there, that’s how worthy of our attention it is. I loved Ursa the moment she appeared in the story, which did not take long at all. She and Jo...
  • Rachel
    This was an amazon first read selection for February '19. I read through it very quickly -- it is that kind of book (and I took a 'read' day this past weekend for myself). 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 dan...
  • Stephanie
    Oh my heart. Sob sob sob. I loved, adored, TREASURED this book and I didn’t want it to end. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll keep it brief but it was just PERFECT. Full of magic and hope and despair and pain and longing and love and loss and fear and more magic. Woven throughout the story are threads of love. Love lost, love gained, love that the characters dreamt of but weren’t sure they deserved, weren’t sure they were capab...
  • Amy
    4.5/5When 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 lik...
  • Michelle
    4.5 stars rounded up! This is not a book that was on my radar at all, but I kept seeing all these rave reviews so I thought I would make some room and take a chance. I'm really glad I did because I normally would have skipped right by it had it not been for friends reviews on Goodreads. Within the first page I was hooked on the lives of these characters. Jo is an ornithologist renting a house in the woods when a young girl, Ursa, appears and clai...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:As always, words fail when you most want to say the right thing… I’ve decided language isn’t as advanced as we think it is. We’re still apes trying to express our thoughts with grunts while most of what we want to communicate stays locked in our brains.He was teaching her how to play poker, and they were using oyster crackers as betting chips. “First guns, now gambling,” Jo said. “You’re a bad influence.” “Not ...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    4.5 Stars! What a wonderful story. This is definitely an author to look out for!!!
  • Cheri
    Still physically recovering from surgery for breast cancer, as well as in the recovery process of the death of her mother, Joanna Teale leaves the apartment she shares with her friend Tabby to focus on her graduate research in ornithology, to work in a home owned by one of the professors in the town of Vienna, Illinois, a rural spot about halfway between St. Louis, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee. She stays pretty much to herself, other than sm...
  • Susan's Reviews
    Where the Forest Meets the Stars is definitely quirky - something I always enjoy in a novel when it is done right, and Ursa pulled off the quirky element perfectly! A very enjoyable read!Three very damaged people (Jo, Gabe and Ursa) come together to form their own little family and support group. Of course, Child Services and the legal authorities can't see their odd relationship in the same positive way.This was an unconventional love story, whe...
  • Sophie
    4,75 “buddy listening” stars Having finished the audiobook of Salt to the Sea I was looking for my next best read when Ari from Reading Under Street Lamps asked in her story who would like to buddy read Where the Forest Meets the Stars with her.I read the synopsis, saw all the good ratings (already more than 16.000 ratings on Goodreads for a book published only one month ago!) and jumped in! I won’t say a lot about the plot as part of the...
  • Anna Luce
    ★★✰✰✰ 2 starsIf I could just rate the first 30% of this novel I would have given this 4 stars. Sadly, I found the depiction of depression and social anxiety to be lousy and, worse still, I thought that the romantic relationship between the two leads is...worrisome.Initially I was enjoying this story. In spite of the main characters' troubled pasts (Ursa, a child who shows signs of abuse, claims that she is an alien researching human bei...
  • Sonja Arlow
    I think my expectations were a bit skewed.The clever marketing had me thinking it was a lighter version of The Summer that Melted Everything.You have one otherworldly little girl, two broken adults and a whole lot of marshmallows.I enjoyed the unlikely friendship between Ursa and Jo, and the unfolding of both their backgrounds. I also like the overall message of redemption and the power of connection. However, some of the resolutions came too eas...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    Magical quarks, full of emotion, possible spoilers. 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 goin...
  • Kathleen
    The power of love heals three damaged individuals in Vanderah’s debut novel. Endangered bird nest specialist, Joanna Teale, encounters a bedraggled child with bruises while doing her field work. Soon, this ethereal little girl is helping cancer survivor Jo and neighbor Gabriel Nash open their hearts and minds to life and love. That’s the feel good part of the story.Unfortunately, Vanderah does not appear to have done her research regarding me...
  • Renee Godding
    "Words fail when you most want to say the right thing. People think they need to say something, and it never makes me feel better. I know. I have decided language isn’t as advanced as we think it is. We’re still apes trying to express our thoughts with grunts while most of what we feel stays locked inside of our brains."I wish I had more than 5 stars to give, because I want to give a full pinwheel galaxy worth of them to Where the Forest Meet...
  • Mehvish Z Zaidi
    Where the Forest Meets the Stars was my bookclub’s March pick. Mostly, I do not like to dive into a book blind and usually do my homework before I start it. I read the blurb and check out the Goodreads ratings, look at the percentage of the stars given, sometimes I skim through the reviews if the ratings are mixed. On Goodreads, this book had an average rating of 4.24, with 82% of the 16,185 readers had given it either 4 or 5 stars. Now, that i...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    THIS BOOK. My heart feels so utterly full after reading this - I don't even know what to do with myself! I am in love with Ursa, Jo and Gabe. They all have their battles and come together unexpectedly and it's the best damn thing I've read in this genre in a while. Let's talk about the characters - Ursa, this precocious and utterly stubborn girl was an absolute delight. A genius among geniuses and certainly a girl you cannot ignore and who will m...
  • TL
    *Got via Amazon first reads, one of the hardcovers I picked*
  • Barbara
    “Where the Forest Meets the Stars” is a feel-good story that has you cheering for the misfits. Author Glendy Wanderah writes a story that you want to read before you go to bed, because you can tell despite the struggles all will end well. Joanna Teale is a research scientist who is studying birds. She stays in a secluded cabin owned by a Science Professor who allows PHD candidates to use his cabin for research. A feral girl mysteriously shows...
  • Erica Robyn
    Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah is a wonderfully heartwarming tale about the challenges that life throws our way, but how the power of love can heal all. However, this book wasn't all star-shine and baby kittens. This book was also thrilling, terrifying, and frustrating, and it tackled a number of really difficult elements. I loved every second of it! This book immediately found it's place on my top ten favorite books. Hence, ...
  • Hallie Szott
    4.5Glendy Vanderah’s debut novel Where the Forest Meets the Stars is one that captured my heart and imagination, and I absolutely loved it.Joanna Teale intends to spend the summer simply observing nesting birds, returning to graduate studies after disruptive hardships, when she encounters a dirty, little girl—one claiming to be an alien, one capable of changing her life. The girl, known as Ursa, claims to be searching for five miracles before...