I kept hoping that Lavinia would shoot him but that would have shortened the book considerably. All in all it was a good and interesting book. The characters made you want to know more about their past and even more about them in the future.
This was my first book by Ms. Grissom. I would get another one.
Hmmm. I think the house burning because then I knew everything would be okay. The book was very emotional and left me feeling uncomfortable. I don't like to think that people treated other humans as dismissive yet I know it goes on today.
Yes, because the reader gave each charactor a voice and with that came each individual personality. Hearing that gave me an insite to what that person was feeling.
When "momma" took the child in as if she were her own.
Its impossible to pick one there were so many.
the heart knows no bounds.
This book was a truely touching story of the trial and tribulations of the time.
Loved the character development of all leading people, and the detailed descriptions and complicated emotional involvement. Suspenseful, riveting, left me wanting more of the story of the same families.
Belle, because she was very dignified, hardworking, smart, insightful, capable and strong.
Love this about audible books: that the diction and pace bring even more believability to the characters. Kept me riveted, and welcoming the relief of another perspective and cultural interpretation at every chapter.
Mama, as she was so wise and contributing always to the peacefulness, character, wholesomeness, and love in her household.
Maybe I should have mentioned the male characters in the story also. There were no less than 5 and they were all very believable, tho some frustratingly evil, and others so self effacing. Guess I just identify with the female characters more, tho the development of the male principals was just as complete.
Excellent research into the combination of the slave system and the bondage of lower-class immigrants. The story reveals the problems of women during Colonial slavery, both black and white, and the horrible threats faced by families.
3 words? powerful, informative, moving....
Excellent story. Kept my attention right until the end. I listened to it while driving and actually sat in the driveway to listen to the final 37 minutes. Laughed and cried out loud.
This was an amazing story that was incredibly well written.
I became very connected to each of the characters
I highly recommend this book!!
the historical value of the book as well as its improtance.
the well rounded accounts from each character
I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Truth is not always easy to take in but the humanity and reality of the characters was touching and their relationships were so intensely held that you felt as if you were in the room as they struggled through life.
The Forgotten Garden - The passage of time and the intricacy of the relationships of the characters.
They were so authentic and engaged, sometimes narrators seem a bit detached. They drew me in and held me captive to the story.
Mama May, She was the concrete that held the both sides of the family together, and when the moment came that she actually showed her vulnerability it was such a jaw dropping moment because you have come to rely on her, lean on her and you really put out of your mind the reality that although Mama really does run things, there is still that just under the surface truth. She is amazing.
This was a book that I just picked out of the air. I was just thrilled!
56 year old working wife, mother and grandmother.
I wish I could write a review as good as this book was. It was realistic and believable. There was something new happening consistently throughout the book. I am telling all my friends to read or listen to this. The narrators were superb. It is so thrilling to listen to a book that you just can't put down. I have read very few books over again but I do believe this will be added to my list.
Interesting, moving, informative.
Fantastic read. I could feel the emotion in the characters.
Not an extreme reaction. Did move me.