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Calling Me Home: A Novel | [Julie Kibler]

Calling Me Home: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amanda Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-26-15
    Amanda Cape Coral, FL, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heartbreakingly beautiful"

    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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    Wajid Hussein Chicago, IL 03-18-15
    Wajid Hussein Chicago, IL 03-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "2 stars"

    Too slow and way too predictable. I was expecting something way better..though the story was consistent...Maybe 2 stars is a bit cruel but I thought that I would be travelling through Isabelle stories instead I could not wait for her to be through with it and let's move on. The only positive point about this book is that it really caught my interest towards the end which was a bit too late for me, it should have been from the beginning in my opinion.

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    Bookworm80 New Jersey, USA 03-14-15
    Bookworm80 New Jersey, USA 03-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story, excellent narration!"
    If you could sum up Calling Me Home in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-warming, heart-breaking, interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Isabelle was my favorite character--she was a strong and feisty woman who, as we learn, had had a very challenging life, but had come through it all with strength and grace.


    What about Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s performance did you like?

    The performances were excellent!! It was easy to tell which character was which, and I felt that each woman captured the spirit of her character perfectly. I got the actual book out of the library to follow along if needed, but I found myself only listening to the audio because I wanted these two characters to tell me their story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the moment, near the end, when I thought there would not be any more heartbreak or surprises for Miss Isabelle, but there was the one big surprise and heartbreak that was revealed. The way Miss Isabelle and Dorrie responded to that moment moved me.


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    Christine 02-28-15
    Christine 02-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Just trying to find my next great read

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    "It was an emotional read"
    What made the experience of listening to Calling Me Home the most enjoyable?

    The narrators did an amazing job.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    lynn 02-25-15
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    You will be in tears. On the edge of your seat all the way to the end Fantastic characters

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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-20-15
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Heartwarming"

    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.

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    joan 02-20-15
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    Suspense to the end in this moving story of unlikely paths crossing and helping each other along the way. A great read....

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    Wendy 02-18-15
    Wendy 02-18-15
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    "A gem of a story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    cc1234 02-13-15
    cc1234 02-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly recommended"

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but it made me cry and smile. A really great book.

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    Loved it! The story kept my attention. The narrators were excellent in expressing the story

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