Every so often, a book on one of my friend’s TBR list might catch my eye. I’d kept this book in the corner of my mind because of the cover and the title, and when I saw it on Kindle Unlimited, I added it to my shelf.
Where the Forest Meets the Stars has three main characters. Jo, who’s researching birds for her PhD; Gabe, who’s her neighbor and also sells eggs; and Ursa, a young girl, who claims to be from the stars, who brings both Jo and Gabe together. When Ursa approaches Jo, the latter is convinced she’s dealing with a missing child. She approaches Gabe for help, and together, they try to solve the mystery of Ursa, while Ursa herself looks for five miracles.
This is a beautiful book. I began reading an hour or so before dinner, and I completed it a couple of hours after dinner. Two sittings. I didn’t want to break away from the story somehow! Miracles do happen. In her own way, Ursa reminds the reader that miracles are dependent on the perspective of each person. What Jo or Gabe might find ordinary, she deems miraculous or extraordinary.
All character sketches are well done. I felt each were broken but looking to heal, and in each other, they found the right people to heal with. The back stories were unpredictable. It goes to show how people might have more to them than we realize. I liked Tabby’s character as well, and wished the story had more of her. And I loved the ending, though I did wonder if that ending was a bit more stretched than it needed to be.
If this is the author’s debut work, I can’t wait to read more from her arsenal. If I get the chance to meet her someday, I’m getting an autograph for sure.
Book Title: Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Authors: Glendy Vanderah
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing