Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death - and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her.
Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn't expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she's not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors' lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history...and the part she's meant to play in it.
Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman's emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.
©2016 Emily Carpenter (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Very well written. Loved the narrator in this book! As a southerner I get so disappointed with a lot of the narrators "southern accent" when reading a book but this woman was spot on. Would recommend and is definitely worth a credit.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
very well written; good, suspenseful story about a subject modern women will have a hard time believing: women were institutionalized for non-conformity, not following their husband's instructions, or just being difficult. good read/listen.
I couldn't stop listening to this. This story is full of mystery, tragedy, sadness, and visions into how things were back in the days when so many things were taboo, hush hush, and swept under the proverbial rug. The lead character, Althea is a mess, but saucy with a determined, spunky personality. She is one to be reckoned with. The narrator, Kate Orsini was the perfect choice for this story. She brought every character to life brilliantly. She is a powerful voice for a powerful story. Emily Carpenter is a very seasoned and talented writer. She makes you feel like you are in the middle of the story experiencing all of it. She is one of those writer's that describes each scene perfectly, where you can actually see it in your mind's eye. This would make an Oscar worthy movie, especially if Kate stars as Althea. This is definitely worth your time and point/$. Give it a try. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
Enjoyed story but did not like how it ended. Felt a bit disjointed, and certain parts just did not seem to make sense. However, the narration was super good!
The story is rich and fulfilling, and a bit intense at times. It takes you between now and the past. The focus being on a great great granddaughter living in our current times who is making trying to make sense of the ramifications of her family's history, while slowly unveiling the icky past involved with greed and power. In the telling there are a few weak points and threads that don't make sense, but they arer forgivable.
Very intriguing story. A little frustrating occasionally as the main character can be a bit irracdict at times but that's part of the tension in the story. Good read and listen.
to go with tight writing. Listened to this straight through. The author has a gift for realism, with ingeniously timed bits of wry humor to rescue the subject matter from being too dark. Well done
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