Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
“A captivating blend of fantasy, domestic drama, and murder-mystery, ensuring a satisfying read.”
After enduring the loss of her mother and her own battle against breast cancer, Joanna Teale embarks on her return to rural Illinois to continue her graduate research on nesting birds. Determined to prove her resilience, she immerses herself in her work, dedicating long hours from dawn till dusk. However, her solitary routine is disrupted when a mysterious child, bruised and barefoot, unexpectedly appears at her cabin.
Identifying herself as Ursa, the girl claims to be a celestial visitor sent to witness five miracles. Concerned for Ursa’s well-being, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay temporarily, intending to uncover the truth about the child’s past.
In her quest for answers, Jo seeks the assistance of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash. As they spend more time together, their curiosity deepens. How can a young girl not only read but comprehend Shakespeare? Why do extraordinary events occur in her presence? And why have Jo and Gabe stopped checking the missing children’s website?
While the bond between the three intensifies, they are aware that difficult choices lie ahead. With summer drawing to a close and Ursa approaching her fifth miracle, her perilous history looms nearer. When it finally catches up to them, all their painful secrets will be laid bare, leaving their destinies in the hands of the stars.
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