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 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.
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.
Heart-warming, heart-breaking, interesting
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.
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.
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.
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.
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