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
Bittersweet story about lost love and all the many pains of the heart endured by one woman. The author captures a pre WWII America that struggled with the limitations that society placed on interracial relationships. Her story told as an older woman guides her younger friend and helps put life in perspective for her ....so it feels as if there was some purpose behind it all.
I never cry over books or movies ... This one had me teary several times and I had a full out tissue issue at the end.
Love comes from many directions. Life and society always pulling us one way and then (the never ending rollercoaster we all live). Loss hurts no matter how it comes about. Love lives on maybe not how we want, but inside us it lives forever.
Pecan Man, would be a close story. The characters in the stories love and loss, with a little fun in the middle. Another great book.
Like no, I loved them. The book had to have that balance to make it real. It made the story come to life.
All of them.
You should not miss this book. AUDIO is the way to enjoy this book. I had it in paper but the cast needed the voices to bring it to life. Laugh, cry, think oh my, want to take a few punches at a few cast members. I am using the word cast because it is a movie going on in your mind as you listen.
I read voraciously (listen really!) historical novels are my main choice, followed by business, faith and life teaching and biographies. This book is very well written, interesting plot and beautiful characters. Kibler weaves a story with rich depth all while keeping the story moving without error and that is rare in my experience. A story of love and redemption, not cheap cheesie physical garbage, truly an excellent piece of literature.
I don't often write reviews as I'm not a gifted writer but Julie Kibler; you are and I hope someone reads Calling Me Home - and is a fully filled by it as I have been.
I was entwined with the readers of this novel from the first page to the last. I so enjoyed how the author wove the web of two strong women's lives into one even though their skin tone and lives seemed as different as could be. The author had a way in transporting the "reader" into the past and the present and she gave you a vision of what prejudice really felt like through both main characters' eyes. The choice of narrators was perfect and made this journey so heartwarming and heart rendering. I didn't want this journey to end!!
I usually listen during my commute but found myself listening constantly. Couldn't wait to hear the next moment. Whether it was Miss Isabelle or Dorrie. Good, amazing, from start to finish. Spell binding.
What an amazing journey this story is and the performance put it over the top. I laughed, cried and am inspired at the end. Didn't want the story to end. This is a must listen. If you loved the audible book on The Help, you will love this just the same if not more.
I am not an auditory learner and when I listen to an audio book, I usually have to keep rewinding it because I often lose my focus and miss what they are saying. Not with this book! I was so engrossed in the story that I only rewound it when I wanted to re-listen to lines that I hoped to remember. The readers were captivating! I'm convinced that listening to their narration made an amazing book even more amazing. I felt like I was right there next to Isabelle and Dorrie, along for the ride. When I wasn't listening to the book, I was thinking about it and couldn't wait to get back to it.
The story has lots of surprises, right up to the very end. Many times I thought I knew what was coming and was wrong! That doesn't happen often to me. I can usually see whats coming even in the best written stories.
I finished the story today and need a few days to disconnect from it before I can move on to another book. Thank you to Julie Kibler and her team for writing this book, and to Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver for their superb narrating!!
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