Where the Forest Meets the Stars

About Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Hardcover: 332 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2019)

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 child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.

The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.

Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?

Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.

My Review

I have been in a horrible reading slump. Therefore, this book took me by surprise (in a good way). Instantly, I was drawn to the characters and the story. My love for this book just grew the further I read.

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. Finally, there is Gabriel. He too could not explain Ursa but he was willing to go with the flow.

This story shows that love comes in any form and shape. Long after the last page has been read; these characters will still stay with you. I dare you not to fall in love with this book. Glendy Vanderah has nabbed herself a shining star with her debut novel, Where the Forest Meets the Stars!

Purchase Links

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About Glendy Vanderah

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 as many birds, butterflies, and wildflowers as she can lure to her land. Where the Forest Meets the Stars is her debut novel.

Connect with Glendy

Website | Instagram

Instagram Tour:

Monday, February 25th: @lovelyreadergirl

Tuesday, February 26th: @bookishconnoisseur

Wednesday, February 27th: @theliteraryllama

Thursday, February 28th: @tarheelreader

Friday, March 1st: @stephaniehowell

Saturday, March 2nd: @somekindofalibrary

Sunday, March 3rd: @bookclubwithbite

Monday, March 4th: @bookish_nel

Tuesday, March 5th: @amberafterglowreads

Review Tour:

Monday, February 25th: Erica Robyn Reads

Tuesday, February 26th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, February 27th: Jathan & Heather

Thursday, February 28th: Cheryl’s Book Nook

Friday, March 1st: From the TBR Pile

Monday, March 4th: Booklover Book Reviews

Tuesday, March 5th: Openly Bookish

Wednesday, March 6th: Book Fidelity

Thursday, March 7th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Sunday, March 10th: @love_my_dane_dolly

Monday, March 11th: Tar Heel Readers

Tuesday, March 12th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books

Saturday, March 16th: Inky Moments and @inkymoments

Monday, March 18th: Book by Book

Tuesday, March 19th: Books & Bindings

Wednesday, March 20th: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, March 21st: Palmer’s Page Turners

Friday, March 22nd: The Lit Bitch

Monday, March 25th: Broken Teepee

Wednesday, March 27th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Thursday, March 28th: @somekindofalibrary


Sara Strand said…
I'm in a HUGE reading slump and I've been looking for a book to get me out of it and your review put this at the top of my list. Thanks for being on the tour!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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