This book was imagined by a woman who never knew the South. It shows. And the dramatic elements were disappointingly unimaginative. Yet, it was entertaining enough to propel me through a month of gym workouts. And I liked the main character -- an Irish orphan who is raised by slaves.
I enjoyed the various characters portrayed in this story. It moved me through so many emotions as the story progressed.
They were able to represent a variety of characters very well.
Loved the characters and the narration was excellent
Love historical novels and this was everything all the reviewers said it was
loved them both equally
Mama May- she was smart and insiteful
I would, it's brilliantly told, I don't care who you are!
Belle, her courage and comprehension of her situation was inspiring
Mama May, she fought for everyone, I was thankful for her character.
fantastic story and characters. really enjoyed the narrative and the switching between characters viewpoints. Loved this book!
I am a working mom with 2 teenagers. I listen to books during soccer practice, basketball practice and every opportunity for me time. I LOVE TO READ!
The indentured servant voice provided a fresh point of view. I hesitated on this purchase because there are so many novels set during the American slave period. But, I liked the characters and wanted to know them. I would give this book a thumbs up.
At one point Livinia had three marriage prospects. She picked the wrong man not once but twice. My stomached turned. I said a prayer that my daughters do not make the same unfortunate choices.
I could not put this book away. If you enjoy reading books about this particular time period, this story will not disappoint. Orlagh Cassidy did a marvelous job narrating, as I connected with Lavinia immediately. Her voice was soothing and she made the character believable. Unfortunately, Bahni Turpin's voice, for me, didn't suit Belle. I found her voice to be a little harsh, unlike the beauty she was portraying. This made Belle's character difficult to connect with at times. Other than that, I have not complaints.
This is one of my favorites.
I loved this book. It is a view of life on a late 18th century Virginia tobacco farm, as seen through the eyes and words of two young girls into adulthood. When I realized it was a story about the life of slaves, I was concerned. Often such stories are stages for gruesome descriptions and a place to revisit past horrors. I avoid such presentations. However, that is NOT what I found here. It does not minimized the difficulty and injustice of the practice of slavery and indenture, but it focuses more on the emotional and social lives of the characters than on any physical abuses. Such events are clearly referenced, but their descriptions are thankfully left to the readers' imaginations, where they belong. The story is, as expected, a sad tale, and I cried many times throughout the book. I became totally engrossed in the characters and their lives in a way I rarely experience. This author had a remarkable talent for conveying the inner feelings of the characters.
The narrators did an equally remarkable job. The producers are to be commended for not trying to use a single person to try to take the roles of two completely different girls/women, one an Irish immagrant forced into indenture through the death of her parents and the other a Black girl born into her slavery.
There was no part of this story that did not ring true; it is completely believable. Don't forget to listen to the epilog that follows. It will explain why it is so remarkable.
I suggest that this book would appeal to all races, as it does not focus on the morality or brutality of the acts of slavery, but rather on a period in our early American history, on the social structures and complexities of the period, and on just plain old human behavior.
Historically and educationally very interesting but hard to hear how we treat our fellow man in such a disgusting manner. Found the character of Lavinia and Orlagh Cassidy's narration very annoying. On the whole a very depressing and sad story.
Due to disability I am unable to hold a book...the kindle opened a new world of reading for me!
In can't think of one right now.
The three little girls playing together like sisters and best friends.
The end ...overcoming adversity. Becomming stronger because of pain
Listened to this in two days...couldn't put it down!