Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.
©2013 Julie Kibler (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc
Just trying to find my next great read
The narrators did an amazing job.
The narration was good. The middle of the book...I felt could have moved along faster. However, the last 5 hours of audio, I could not stop listening and my heart was breaking. The tears were coming down while I was doing errands and listening to the audio. Even though I figured out the ending, it was still gut-wrenching.
What an amazing love story.
Say something about yourself!
It's sad, heartwarming, good but not great. Some parts I suffered through to reach the end and the final outcome. I would recommend it, but may not read it again myself.
Though I guessed at the story's ending long before the end, it in no way spoiled a well-told, thoughtful and beautifully narrated story. As a debut novel, this is a true gem.
Riveting! So many emotions; laughther and tears. One of the BEST narrations ever. I was listening at every opportunity.
The emotional level. I truly felt like I was living in that decade. It felt so real and not just a story. The horror of the prejudice.
Unoriginal story, stereotyped characters, and really irritating narration by Lorna Raver
There was NOTHING original in this story. The author took elements of "The Help" and mixed in "Driving Miss Daisy". I am dumbfounded by all the glowing reviews
I found her voice too slow and, when Izzy was narrating as her younger self, her voice should have changed to reflect this.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
It's rated 4.4 currently, so it's clear this book appeals to many people. I don't understand why. Maybe some young adults would be more sympathetic, but I think more likely, they would just roll their eyes.
First of all, the story was out of the 40's and 50's. Had it been written then, maybe it would have been novel. By now, it's old hat. I don't think it spoils anything to say that the story of a young, introverted, white girl falling for a perfect black boy has been done before and better.Secondly, it dragged on interminably, flashbacks by the white woman, present time by the black woman, who somehow was enchanted with the old lady's life. I listened for 2.5 hours before asking myself why I was wasting my time. I read a few spoilers on GR to see if the plot developed as I anticipated, and I was right. I wasn't going to get anything more out of this book, so I quit.
I might be willing to give them another try, but Lorna Raver's portrayal of Isabelle drove me nuts. Bahni Turpin was ok.
As a morality tale, it's ok, but do we need another superficial rendition of this theme?
I don't understand the high ratings that this has received. I know lots of people foreswear writing negative reviews--look at the most liked review by Alexandria Milton. It is fair but negative.
Yes, it was a suspenseful tale of heartache and loss.
The comparisons of Dorrie's and Isable's lives even when they were so different.
YES! The story keeps you hooked after about the first hour or so, then you just can't stop listening. I choked up a few times and realized it wasn't just the story, but the performers were phenomenal! I love how the events keep alternating between 1940s and present day, and how the parallels are drawn 70 years apart. The story made me think deeper about the racial issue and made me wonder WHY.
Robert. I loved his cool, but passionate character.
This is a well written book. The performance by the readers was excellent. This was a challenge because each reader had to read some dialog by the other character and come close to matching the voice so it is not jarring when the next chapter starts read by the other character. The ending was excellent.
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