I purchased this book because I thought that this book would be similar to The Help by Katherine Stockett. Since I loved that book, I thought I would really enjoy this one. However, this book is not quite like The Help. One of the narrators also voiced a character in The Help, but that is where the similarity ends. This book is closer to Roots by Alex Hailey. It made me uncomfortable in a lot of places. It has the capability to make one think about all of the injustice that was forced upon the slaves and/or indentured servants of long ago, and it also infuriated me that people were treated so callously and so wrong all because of the idiotic way that cultures were back then.
I am glad that I purchased the book. I just wish that the author would have written something not so true to the times back then. There were several places in this book where I just cried for the characters Belle.. Livinia..Mama May, George, Jamie, and Will Stephens. There really wasn't a time where one could cheer for the people overcoming the horrible things that happened to them and/or their family or loved ones..The ending just didn't do it. It was a sad but very true novel, and it made my heart ache.
Tragic and sad, at times, but also moving and inspiring. The individuals who narrated were excellent and truly brought the story alive for me. Just an great story about survival and helplessness and power - highly recommend!
This is a great historically accurate book with insight of slavery and the ownership of them, tragedy and love. Although I found Lavina to be dense which hurt the story. If you liked “The Help”. You will certainly like this book.
I liked this book. I thought the narration was good, and I liked the characters. It was a nice listen while busy around the house, but I have read thousands of books, and listened to perhaps a hundred, and this one is probably not going to be one that "stays with me" forever.
It is difficult to write a review about this book as I am conflicted about whether to recommend it for other readers or not. While the characters are extremely well-developed, they're dead before you know it! The historical importance of the plight of slaves in the late 1700's to early 1800's is extremely relevant to the reader, but the sadness and hoplessness in this book was overwhelming for me.
Sad and predictable at times, but the characters were so compelling I could not wait to hear their fate. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little history and drama with their fiction.
This book is not charming; its tragic. The narration is good, with the exception of Lavinia whose accent goes from strong to non-existent throughout the story. The story is well-crafted though and interesting from a historical standpoint. I would recommend this book, although it isn't an easy listen.
This book is gripping and haunting, it draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are really sitting next to the narrator telling her own story. It is excellent, and when its over, you will feel as if this was really a true story a part of our own history.
I never thought I would like or could 'relate' to historical fiction, but I loved the characters in this book. The narration was great, the pace was perfect, and I wanted the book to go on longer than it did. Well done!