If you want something utterly maudlin, something that violates the “show don’t tell” rule of character development, this is for you. I bought it because it is a crowd pleaser, and I enjoy many crowd pleasers in this category (like “The Help” or “Life of Pi” or “Water for Elephants”) but not when they are so unoriginal in style and plot. I don’t know whether or not to recommend it, because I don’t always find crowd pleasers so disappointing, but this surely didn't make the cut. To each his own.
I decided to get this book because one of the reviews said it was like the Help which I throughly enjoyed. It is nothing like the help. The first 1/4 of this book I thought was good. I did like the main characters especially Bell and I would have rather had her narrate the story then Lavinia. The story line just kept getting worse and worse. It was depressing, sad, and lacked everything good. I had an extremely hard time finishing this book and would should have shut it off, I kept thinking it has to get better but it did not. I did enjoy the authors note at the end to shed some light on way she let it get so disturbing. I had thought she went into a depression and wanted everyone to go along with her.
Boy, I really wanted to like this one....
... but can't seem to get into narratives that are written in first person. Hearing the tale told from the outside is as if I am watching a movie. Hearing the word "I" this and "I" that is so distracting that I mostly leave these books on the shelf rather than be disappointed to have wasted a credit when I cannot enjoy the story and give up, the remainder unheard. I wish some other reviewer had mentioned this, as it would have saved me a credit.
When I took off my headphones after I finished this book, I had to sit and ponder a moment as to how I felt about this book. In the end I was convinced, however that this was a great choice. It ended the way that it was supposed to.
When Orlagh and Bahni were speaking I could actually feel what they were feeling. I laughed when they laughed, and cried when they cried. I do not know if this was the due to the excellent way that Kathleen Grissom described her characters and their adventures or the way in which the readers voices captivated it.
This is a must listen for Historical Fiction lovers everywhere.
Wonderful I could not stop listening. The story was real and well written I am sad it is over and I am looking for another book by the same author.If you enjoy this book try Cane River or Red River both rich story telling at it's best!!
I listened to this from my itouch while riding on the back of our Harley. First time I tried that and it worked out great. No problem hearing and the narrator was terrific. I think there may have been more than one. This story follows two individual women; one a slave the other an indentured white girl who is raised by slaves and feels they are her true family. The story is very interesting and captivating. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to all those who love southern history. It can be very sad but the strength of the characters and their ability to survive is truly inspirational.
This book is rich in history with characters that you fall in love with. I really didn't want this book to end, but when it did I thought about it for days. If you liked The Help you will also like this book.
I really loved the way this author wrote this book. There was enough going on to make it hard to put the book aside.
My daughter recommended this book (she had gotten the book from the library) "Can't put it down" was her statement. Well, let me tell you she was correct. From the first chapter of the book ( I have it on audio) I could not take my headphones off! I was frustrated whenever I would have to put my ipod on charge for a bit and couldn't wait to get back to it. The characters are likeable ... if a bit folksey and not always totally believeable.... the story line is a bit predictable in places but not completely. The author gives a few surprises here and there. All in all a great listen....the narrators are wonderful and the characters voices are easy to identify and the accents are very accurate and quite believeable. I enjoyed it so much and I can't wait for something more from this author!!