I have recommended it to friends: any book that I tear through in three days gets recommended.
The character development. Grissom has an enormous cast of characters, and each one is distinct and memorable: not an easy feat to pull off.
Although the chance of an Irish child retaining her accent seems slim to nil (she'd have acquired the same accent as slaves who raised her, in reality), Cassidy's soft Irish accent did give Lavinia a distinct characteristic. She brought through Lavinia's hesitant, hidden personality. Turpin's Belle always sounds cheerful and faintly amused, even when awful things are happening to her, which isn't quite right all the time; but Belle is by far the stronger character so it mostly works.
Uncle Jacob: I want to know his backstory.
The first half of the book is significantly stronger than the second half. The conclusion is not as satisfying as I had hoped, but for a first novel, it's a good effort. I look forward to her subsequent works, as her writing becomes more polished.
This was a great book with great characters and story lines. The switching back and forth between the two characters worked out well. That was a new approach for me but I enjoyed it.
It was wonderful being taken to a southern plantation in the early 1800's and it's day to day activities by this story teller. I felt as though I was living right there in the middle of this time period. Since the story comes from more than one point of view it was even more interesting. The voices were lovely and contributed to the whole feeling and time period. The accents and the expression in their voices were fantastic.
A little over dramatic in areas, but a well written story. The characters are vivid and well described. As you have probably already read that this story was about a about a white Irish orphan girl who grows up on a plantation in the time of slavery. It's about love, hate, death and family. The ending was a bit rushed and maybe a sequel would be in order. Overall, a very good book and well worth the credit and the time. The narrations was very superbly performed.
The was read by the two women beautifully and creatively. Grissom puts you in a whole new time and place as her tails are woven with beautiful detail.
Though it reminded me of a mini series I could've watched when they were the
Belle was my favorite because she had admirable strength. She knew what it took to survive and I love a strong survivalist woman.
Mamma May or Uncle Jacob because they were the ones who would've seen it all, they knew all the secrets of the Big House and though they lived through slavery, they had never ending faith in their individual God, and still found happiness in that life.
I found the story line in this novel to be compelling and realistic from my understanding of the period involved. The performance was excellent and the characters for the most part believable.
It begins and ends at the same spot, and the difference in your own emotions at these two points is dramatic.
I purchased this book on a whim and loved every minute of it! Been searching for books by Kathleen Grissom and are unable to find any! Great listen and the narraters did a wonderful job as well!
Nope. It was recommended by several friends. The story had me hooked from early on. I was interested and invested in the characters. I hated the end. It just felt like it was left undone.
First one I have heard by them and I enjoyed them quite a bit.
One of the best narrations I have ever heard.
The narration was superb. I recognized Bahni Turpin from The Help, and her rich voice depicted all the emotions this story held.
Mama Mae was so strong, so loving, so wise.
I listened to The Help; this story is just as well done. Orlagh Cassidy also does an outstanding job conveying the strength and gentleness of he character.
Belle; she is tough and funny and fierce!
The book was good and the narration was flawless. I don't know if it was the subject matter or the fact that so many bad things happened because of things left unsaid or undone for too long... but this book just left me feeling empty. Happiness was so close and yet so far away and in the end... things worked out but only after so much damage. Interesting story and very unique perspective of the white indentured servant. Heartwrenching tale of the life of the slaves and what they must have endured under good and bad circumstances. Worth the listen but don't expect to smile much.