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
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.
Loved this book, almost had me in tears. Great listen and great naration.
Great story telling
I felt like I was with them on this trip. My interest remained intense the whole way.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have EVER listened to.
Too hard to pick between Dorie and Miss Isabelle. They are so amazing and I was instantly in love with both of them.
I bought this book just because it was narrated by Bahni Turpin because I loved her in The Help. Lorna Raver had the perfect voice to play Miss Isabelle. This is the first book I have heard her narrate and I couldn't imagine a better duo.
The entire last 2 hours of the book was spent in tears. I listen to my audio books while driving - through bluetooth - back and forth to work on the beltway outside of DC. This drive is very stressful. However, once Dorie and Miss Isabelle got to Cincinnati, I couldn't stop listening. I couldn't stop crying. I wasn't in my car, I was in the car with them. Even though I was drawn in from the very beginning of this book, once Robert showed up in his uniform, I was transported back to 1941.
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. Worth every penny....
I purchased this book because I so enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration in The Help. I am so glad that I did! I absolutely loved the book. It's an incredible story of one woman's past and another's present. The story and the narration are wonderful. I only wish Ms. Kibler had other works on Audible. I'd buy them in a heartbeat.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters had depth and breadth and personalities that are complex and interesting. The readers did a really good job with all of the characters so that I could follow without difficulty. The transitions were seamless and their voices were distinctive and "real" enough that you forgot they were "characters." The story is very sad, but told with rich humor and much "humanity." These are real people.
Poignant, well-written, engaging
*Spoiler alert* When Miss Isabelle arrives at the funeral home & for whom she is there to see.
Everything!!! They are great performers!
The story was so well-written, the characters so full & vibrant, that I could see them, feel their pain, their joys, and their sorrow - all characteristics of a GOOD book!
This book was a pleasant surprise. I had no recommendations for it & just listened on a guess that it would suit me - I'm so glad I did!
I loved this book. Long after I finished it I thought about this book often. The story is just excellent. This book makes you laugh and cry.
Everything, but especially the friendship that developed between Isabelle and Dorrie.
I loved them both, but I found myself wanting to hear the parts with Isabelle's story the most.
Isabelle was the most memorable. Her story is one that everyone can relate to one way or another.
My sister and I both listened to this book and we both were so affected by it. It was truly a great book. I'll listen again.
This is the best book I've listened to in a LONG time. I bawled my eyes out, the sign of a good book to me! I enjoyed the readers, and absolutely LOVED the story. Amazing.
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