Narration truly beautiful. A heartbreaking tale of life in the south before the civil war. Perhaps not sad enough, but I still had trouble finishing it.
This could have been such a good book. Well drawn historic fiction, interesting characters and above average audio presentation. Too bad it never rises above a run of the mill soap opera. By the mid point you can predict the conclusion. Keep hoping you are wrong but it just below average Jackie Collins set in the slave quarters.
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.