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 same profession). Joanna has become a workaholic living a solitary life consumed by her studies.
Until, one day, Ursa, shows up at Joanna's rental. Ursa is a young girl, a bit quirky, who doesn't seem to have a home. She tells Joanna she's been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. Joanna is too practical to buy this story and insists that the girl go homeUntil the girl finally convinces here there is no home. Joanna thinks eventually she'll find out more so she can help Ursa
Jo asks her neighbor, Gabriel, for help - to find out who Ursa is, where she's from. The more they learn about Ursa, the more confused they are. The inconsistencies in her knowledge make no sense. She's a child well-versed in Shakespeare (Among other conundrums).
The three become the best of friends as the summer is close to ending. Ursa has found her fourth miracle, and the fifth could happen at any time. There's a synergy building when all of their pasts are exposed. What will the future be like for these three lovable characters
While I guess Where the Forest Meets the Stars has a paranormal or fantasy aspect, it doesn't feel that way. The story is grounded firmly in the here and now, and Ursa has a magical power that can be only described as love. Pure, unadulterated, innocent love. The miracles she witnesses are truly beautiful (experiencing them through her eyes melted my heart), but the beauty in Ursa is all the love she exudes to those around her and the effect she has on them as a result. Oh my goodness, Ursa! You simply have to meet her.
Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a story of friendship and the power of healing through friends. The writing is straight forward, not a spare word, easy-to-read, and so full of heart, all you are left with is hope in the end, and who doesn't want to be left with that
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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