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Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2019 Glendy Vanderah (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A heartwarming, magical story about love, loss, and finding family where you least expect it. This touching novel will remind readers of a modern-day The Snow Child.” (Christopher Meades, award-winning author of Hanna Who Fell from the Sky)

“In Where the Forest Meets the Stars, Glendy Vanderah weaves a deft and poignant story with well-drawn characters, including clever Ursa. With an unexpected and heart-racing climax, readers will wait breathlessly to find out what happens. A beautiful story of love, resilience, and the power of second chances.” (Susie Orman Schnall, award-winning author of The Subway Girls)

“A powerful story of the way in which hearts are mended by love, compassion, and everyday miracles. Cleverly plotted and building to an intense crescendo in the final chapters, Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a beautiful and unforgettable debut.” (Julianne MacLean, USA Today best-selling author)

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Couldn't put this down.

Don't know why but this has been sitting there in my waiting to listen to pile.

This was a brilliant story that was unbelievably heart warming. I couldn't put this down.

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  • Christina D.
  • 16-03-2019

Enjoyable. Which "story" version is true...

I can see why this is classified as science fiction, and why others do not. It depends on which story version you believe. The classification can be an indicator of which is true.

Yes there were some, what could be considered, repetitive aspects, but they were told in slightly different ways at times to keep an element of causing people to at times wonder, "Perhaps the other "version" is true."

I can usually easily figure things out about a story, but this was one that truly kept me switching what I believed was going on, and I could easily go with either one after finishing the story. The classification is what will satisfy my view on which. Or not, if I choose. lol

Yes, the overuse of the words, "___" said was an issue for me too. It would pull me out of the story way too often. I eventually automatically started replacing it with other ways it could have been written, mentally. Again taking me out of the flow.

Yes Ursa can be considered whiney. She is still a child, despite her mental level. A child typically does whine, especially when they do not get their way. Some a lot.

Plus if a certain story version is the true one, that is part of what one can play out in order to experience and learn about. There may have been a purpose to it...

Overall I really enjoyed the story enough to write my first review after being a member for 71/2 years.

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  • JG Watts
  • 06-03-2019

not Sci Fi but a sweet story

not sure why i thought i was getting a sci fi novel here but im a sucker for a romance anyway. well written, I thought. held my interest.

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  • Crystal
  • 21-05-2019

Great book, not so great narrator

The narrator was not for me. I ended up reading the book instead of listening and loving it.

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  • Barbara A Korb
  • 12-03-2019

Awesome!

I could not stop listening. Such a beautiful well written story. I will be suggesting my friends and family read/listen.

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  • Doreen James
  • 08-03-2019

❤️

I loved everything about this story!!!! Loved the ending! Narration really brought the story to life.

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  • Donna
  • 04-03-2019

Exceptional

at first I didn't think I would enjoy this book. However I soon became very engrossed in the tale. I thought the narration was exceptional as well. I highly recommend it. Be wary if you have a soft heart you may have a few tears!

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  • Lauri
  • 14-03-2019

I loved it!!

I got this from kindle with free audio. I rarely find a book for free that I feel is a 5 star. I would give it more. I really felt connected with the characters. I stayed up till 3:00am cause I want to know what would happen next. It started out kinda weird and I thought oh boy another waste of time. But it hooked me in.

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  • Haas
  • 11-03-2019

Wow!!!!

Wow wow WOW!!!!! I feel in love with all of the characters and the deep connect. My heart is sobbing! Touching story.

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  • Susan Conway
  • 08-03-2019

Superb

amazing story! I loved it! highly reccomended! wow, just wow! heartfelt and intriguing. excellent stunning

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  • Jlin
  • 07-03-2019

captivating

this stunning performance will help you fall in love with each and every character. a true love story.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 07-07-2019

A bit chick lit for my taste

This was a bit schmultzy for my taste, but it was an ok read. Quite nice characters so there was that interest., I wanted it to work out for them. I think it is my taste rather than the book that makes this a 3 star. I did find the ‘he said, she said’ dialogue a bit tedious, but it wasn’t too bad apart from that

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  • Laurelle
  • 22-05-2019

Sublime

Loved the story, performance and everything about it. An utterly heart-warming tale of human goodness.

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  • Brightlight
  • 07-03-2019

HTRAE resident

I absolutely loved this so many issues dealt with in this captivating novel . I’ve been to earth and back again with this one ! So well read but to be honest they had an easy job because it’s just so wonderfully written . I’ve just one complaint, that it had to end .The character Ursula for me was so complex and detailed I feel she’s with me now as are jo have and tabby . I’ll be reading more Glenda vanderah books for sure !

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  • tilly n
  • 14-06-2019

A breath of fresh air

Absolutely loved this book, from the first word to the last.
A refreshingly different kind of book but certainly not boring.
I would absolutely advise anyone who loves a good read to purchase this.

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  • Miss Jane Louise Sexton
  • 18-03-2019

Great first Novel. loved it❣️👍

The Author really brought the characters to life. Loved the story with I became inbedded in right to the end. Fabulous ❣️👍

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  • Moonflower
  • 05-03-2019

Heartwarming story

This is a heartwarming story about people and love. It gives insides into living after cancer, living with depression and being traumatised as a child. Enjoyed every minute listening and I can only recommend it. Pulls at your heart strings.

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