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Glendy Vanderah is an American endangered bird specialist and author of literary fiction and contemporary women's fiction, best known for writing Where the Forest Meets the Stars (2019).

Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Glendy’s love for nature and writing began as a child when she studied every creature at her parents’ tiny backyard and read animal stories.

She majored in Ecology, Ethology and Evolution at the University of Illinois in Urbana. While attending one of her classes, Glendy knew her fate was sealed when a vivid blue Indigo Bunting that she was observing through binoculars stole her breath away.

As such, she turned her attention to avian biology and completed her Master of Science degree, where the stunning Cerulean Warbler was the focus of her thesis.

Having consolidated her love for birds and writing, Glendy now lives in Florida with her ornithologist husband, her three children, and a host of birds, butterflies, and indigenous flowers.

More about Glendy Vanderah

Genres: Contemporary , Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction

United States


Non Series

  • Where the Forest Meets the Stars (2019)
  • The Light Through the Leaves (2021)
  • The Oceanography of the Moon (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Where the Forest Meets the Stars

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.

Author: Glendy Vanderah
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1503904910
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
The Light Through the Leaves

One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest.

In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended―for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola’s abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well―into grief, guilt, and addiction. Convinced she can only do more harm to her family, Ellis leaves her husband and young sons, burying her desperate ache for her children deeper with every step into the mountain wildernesses she treks alone.

In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. Raven spends her days learning how to use her rare gifts―and more important, how to hide them. With each lesson comes a warning of what dangers lie in the world beyond her isolated haven. But despite her mother’s cautions, Raven finds herself longing for something more.

As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family.

Author: Glendy Vanderah
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1542026208
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
The Oceanography of the Moon

A heartfelt novel of shedding secrets, facing the past, and embracing the magic of love and family.

After the untimely deaths of her aunt and mother, young Riley Mays moved from Chicago to her cousins’ Wisconsin farm. Here she found solace in caring for her extraordinary adoptive brother, exploring the surrounding wild nature, and gazing at the mystical moon―a private refuge in which she hides from her most painful memories. But ten years later, now twenty-one, Riley feels too confined by the protective walls she’s erected around herself. When a stranger enters her family’s remote world, Riley senses something he’s hiding, a desire to escape that she understands well.

Suffering from writer’s block, bestselling novelist Vaughn Orr has taken to the country roads when he happens upon the accommodating, if somewhat unusual, Mays family. He’s soon captivated by their eccentricities―and especially by Riley and her quiet tenacity. In her, he recognizes a shared need to keep heartbreaking secrets buried.

As the worst moments of their lives threaten to surface, Riley and Vaughn must find the courage to confront them if they’re to have any hope of a happy future. With the help of Riley’s supportive family, a dash of everyday magic, and the healing power of nature, can the pair let go of the troubled pasts they’ve clung to so tightly for so long?

Author: Glendy Vanderah
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1542026505
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing