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
I hardly ever listen to a book more than once, so no, I would not listen to this one again. It was however, well written and the main characters were complex and well developed. The mystery was interesting since here were several facets to it. I enjoyed it.
I love this book! It's the first to make me feel so strongly and passionately about two love birds. By the time I neared the end of this book my heart was aching for a happier ending. I was wretched in tears multiple times because I knew how her story ended but didn't want to believe it.
This was a powerful read and it is a story that you will leave both loving and hating.
I really enjoyed this story, it held my interest and I thought the characters were particularly well drawn. The views of segregation both in the 40's and present day were enlightening and awful. Helped me to understand more.
I loved the different narrative voices, based in the writing and enhanced by the narrators' performances
The author's narrative style and timing held my interest and her weaving back and forth from late 1930s and early 40s to the present worked well. The characters were beautifully drawn and the similarities and differences across generation, cultures, and races were well imparted. A great read!
This book is incredibly well written and filled with emotion. A heart breaking love story, and a life of longing and loss, and how a special friendship can be fostered. No spoiler alert about how the story develops or ends but know that it is well worth the journey.
The performance of the readers was wonderful, and captured both of the main characters spirit in telling the story perfectly.
This is now one of my all time favorite audio books, and I expect that I will listen to it again.
I did enjoy this book. It is so sad the things that happened to these characters, but so believable true. The events in this story document some of the darks parts of our American history.
I don't write reviews often but this book deserves one.
First, I can't believe this was the author's first book. I would expect a book of this quality from someone who has published many times before.
Second, the story was simple, honest, beautiful, and heartbreaking. Julie Kibler writes a story that touches your heart.
Calling Me Home has become one of my top book recommendations.
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