Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

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 her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious chi...


Details Where the Forest Meets the Stars

TitleWhere the Forest Meets the Stars
ISBN9781542040068
Author
Release DateMar 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Mystery, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Where the Forest Meets the Stars

  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • TL
    1970-01-01
    *Got via Amazon first reads, one of the hardcovers I picked*
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    Three stars for the first 50% of this debut book. 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 ...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    If you are an Amazon Prime member and have not yet selected your Kindle First Reads book for February 2019, grab this now!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 ...
  • Suzanne Moore
    1970-01-01
    An Amazing storyI can't believe this is a first novel! It's the best book I've ever read from the Amazon prime monthly offerings. I could hardly put it down and read it in two sittings over two weekend days.
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    What can I say about this debut except this...I want more Glendy Vanderah! Wow, I loved this book and devoured it, but just didn't want it to end! So many themes and all wrapped together in a wonderful storyline. All the many ways we love and all the many kinds of love. All wrapped up with the natural world and all it's magic! Oh, and kudos for addressing the subject of social anxiety, agoraphobia, and depression. Currently dealing with this in o...
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    We all know exactly what we would do if a child showed up on the edge of the woods in their pajamas, no shoes, dirty, and with evidence of abuse in the form of bruises, right? It’s a no brained—call the police. However, when the child is actually an alien inhabiting a dead body that runs every time the police arrive, who manages to mysteriously make good things happen around her, refuses to leave, and obstinately sticks to the story that she...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This was a wonderful story. I am so pleased that I read this novel. A delightful mystery-come-fantasy that almost had me reaching for the tissues. It was just so lovely. And a complete contrast to some of the grittier novels I have read recently.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 tha...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    I received an advanced review copy of this novel from the publishing house. All thoughts and opinions are my own.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 . Di...
  • Lisa Stein
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book. 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...
  • Rituparna
    1970-01-01
    I picked this book from Amazon First Reads, not expecting much, but it turned out to be such a wonderful heartwarming story that I finished it in about 3 sittings. The writing was simple and just seemed to flow throughout the book. The story itself was beautiful, simple and sweet, especially the relationship between Jo and Ursa, and eventually between Gabriel, Jo and Ursa. In short, this book was like a piece of warm chocolate cake and I wish the...
  • Maria
    1970-01-01
    I wan't sure whether this book was going to be fiction or science fiction when I selected it, and I was nearly through the book before I could come to some decision on that, but I found it utterly gripping in an emotional sense. I laughed, I cried, I worried, and I wondered, and isn't that what good writing is all about? If Glendy Vanderah goes on to write more books, I will certainly be in line to read them. Fantastic first effort!
  • Amanda Petermann
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this story from the start! Ursa was a character who made me smile, and I often thought about what my life would be like if I had some of that wide-eyed wonder and joy every day. It certainly was a reminder that good people are out there, and that we all have a little something to be thankful for.
  • Deb
    1970-01-01
    This story was well written and original. The little girl was mysterious and amazing, with a dazzling sense of discovery. The way the other characters came to acceptance and love was heart warming and showed the possible! It takes a while to sincerely believe the child was so brilliant and no spoilers here. I recommend reading it.
  • Whip Rickman
    1970-01-01
    Best novel in a long time!I gave this book five stars because it held my interest from beginning to end. You know it's good when you feel like you are watching a movie, instead of reading a novel. Right up there with Fried Green Tomatoes!
  • Kelly Wuyscik
    1970-01-01
    Whimsical and adventurous. Not at all what I expected, but that was okay because I enjoyed it nonetheless. Beautiful imagery, a magical character, and a lot of good feelings. I enjoyed this one and glad I picked it as my Kindle First Read.
  • Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful, gripping, heart wrenching. Ursa will be in my heart for a long time. Excellent debut, looking forward to her next book.
  • Gerri
    1970-01-01
    What a beautifully woven story. Ursa will capture your heart - she is amazing with her quarks. I could not put this book down. I needed to know how Ursa's story would end. And Nature is as much a character in this novel as are Jo, Gabe, Little Bear and Ursa. There are many layers to this story that weave in and out to create a story well worth reading.
  • Renee Lundberg
    1970-01-01
    Amazing!! Loved this book, and look forward to reading more from this author!! Such a page turner... Hopefully this turns into a series.
  • Book Woman 📚
    1970-01-01
    What a beautiful story! Each character has painful issues but as they develop relationships with each other their lives find healing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
  • Brandy
    1970-01-01
    Wow. Not what I expected. Kept me on my toes every step of the way. What a lovely story about being lost and finding where you belong!
  • Anna
    1970-01-01
    Really liked this one, and the many threads of its narrative that came together. There are so many interesting themes here, some of which I don't want to name for fear of spoiling the story, but this book deals with sickness and the stars and nature and mental health and the complications of family, and who you call your family. There were some characters and some scenes I wanted to be more fleshed out, and some scenes that I wanted to be trimmed...
  • Scott K
    1970-01-01
    Above all, Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a great read; it is well plotted, full of interesting characters, and exciting. Precocious Ursa, a child who appears out of the woods at the house of a wildlife biologist, is beautifully drawn and believable. She is the driving force behind everything that happens. Joanna, the wildlife biologist, is recovering from surgery and has no interest in taking care of a homeless girl during her research proj...
  • Kristin
    1970-01-01
    Going by the star rating, I have to say this book was just "okay".(SPOILERS AHEAD)My biggest issue with this book is that I didn't like the protagonist, Jo.At all. 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 cha...
  • Gina
    1970-01-01
    Really enjoyed this one, which was one of my Kindle First freebies for this month. If you're having trouble choosing, pick this one! I knew there was more to Ursa than she was letting on, but the author did a great job developing her story, making it obvious at just the right point what was happening but not giving away too much too soon. You want to think this is magical realism at first but read on, it all becomes clear (and somewhat sad). I lo...
  • M
    1970-01-01
    A mystery and love story (not science-fiction) about a unique girlBeautifully written debut novel about a lonely field-biologist/ornithologist who finds—or is found by—a ten-yr old runaway who claims to be an alien PhD student from the Spiral Galaxy in Ursa Major. This preternaturally intelligent and charming girl insists she has no home, family or friends on earth. Yet, she threatens to run away and hide if the police come around. Jo the fie...
  • Christine
    1970-01-01
    A truly touching story....This story centers around three main characters all of which have individual problems to deal with. Ursa, a young girl, has experienced something no child should ever have to deal with. Jo is a student working on her PhD, while dealing with health issues and the recent loss of her mother and Gabe, a farmer who avoids the outside world. Jo and Gabe are brought together by Ursa after Ursa shows up at the home Jo is renting...
  • bree
    1970-01-01
    I LOVED everything about this novel. Setting the bar high for my Prime first reads selections, for sure.I love novels where you can’t tell if the fantasy is true within the confines of the novel or if we are operating under our real universe’s rules (Pan’s labyrinth-esque: is this all happening or is it just in the little girl’s head?), and this absolutely fit that bill for me. All the main characters were perfectly crafted. They had dept...