A stunning, moving tale of forbidden love in segregated 1930s Kentucky, perfect for fans of The Help.
Love doesn't play by the rules… Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark. Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.
Many years later, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle will travel from her home in Arlington, Texas, to Ohio for a funeral. With Isabelle is her hairstylist and friend, Dorrie Curtis – a black single mother with her own problems. Along the way, Isabelle will finally reveal to Dorrie the truth of her painful past: a tale of forbidden love, the consequences of which will resound for decades…
©2013 Julie Kibler (P)2013 Blackstone Audio Inc
Audiobook addict by now. ~ I love romances: historicals, suspense and stories about men who loves men (M/M).
A heartbreaking beautiful life-story
That I could feel that this partly was a true story. Life stories such as these are with us here in real life. It never felt unrealistic bot wow so very romantic it was.
Maybe in the end was it that very last one. So touching. But there were a bunch of good moments there.
No, this one needed time. I needed time to melt it all, to get new strength and think about what just happened etc.
Higly recommended! These narrators were both perfect and did it so very well. - I LOVED this story and the audiobooks listening was absolutely stunning gripping at times. - Don't forget your tissues.
"A gentle road trip"
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I loved it. A hard-hitting, touching story of love and loss, race and hopelessness and of the damage that society can subject its people to.
I cannot choose between the two main characters. Both were well-crafted and rounded and one without the other is unthinkable. The story is dependent on the relationship between the two women and, therefore, the one complements the other.
Both narrators were excellent and their readings added colour and character to the book. These readers were obviously very carefully chosen and the people who cast them have to be congratulated.
I cried at the end of this book. Both characters were very real to me, but the end was perfect.
A lovely gentle listen even though the story was harrowing at times.
"Great book !"
The characters, the history, the injustice of life. It made me laugh and cry, I wanted to listen to it all the time.
Yes definitely I'm now interested in listening to others books with a history like this.
The narration along with the story line makes this a good listen. I wanted to know what was going to happen next but it also went at a nice pace not hurrying along. I found myself speaking out loud at some of the things that were happening as well as laughing out loud. I would listen to it again.
"a Quietly Powerful Story"
This is a story that gripped me from the start because both main characters are interesting and strong women in different ways. This is emotional without being sentimental and artfully unfolds the story of a life. Highly recommend.
"A great listen. I didn't want the journey to stop!"
Read well by the two narrators which made it more alive and felt like you were in the car with them! A gripping tale, although sad in places because of prejudice and discrimination but the strong love was so warming. Well written and a really great listen which will leave you wanting more - of the story and from the author!
"This Book Grew on Me as I Got Deeper Into it."
I am not sure if this could ever be a favorite book but it was certainly a pleasurable gentle read.
"Heartbreakingly beautiful read"
A beautiful story of love,heartbreak and the ongoing struggles for equality.i love Isabells character and the author made it easy to both relate to ,love and hate the characters
I would definitely recommend this story
I loved this book. It was a gentle amble of a story but with hard hitting, sad waves of racism running through it. We are so lucky to live now!
I pretty much guessed where we were heading but that didn't take away from the beauty of the writing.
A true love story
Calling Me Home, is one of the top audio books that I have listened to and I have listened to some good ones!
I loved the storyline and the way that it was narrated. Although it was two stories that intertwined and at others more, the tale was clearly told and brilliantly read, making it easy to follow.
I loved both of the main female characters. I loved the readers voices too. I love the way that they interpreted the relationship between the two women.
The book did make me cry, when Isabelle lost her baby.
Read it or rather listen, you might find that you enjoy it as much as I did.
"BLACK WHITE - WHITE BLACK. MESMERISING"
can't answer - haven't read the print version. However, I applaud the readers of the audio edition. Their expressive voices, their interactions - that they were (seemingly) of the place and time gave the storyline a vibrant life.
CallingMeHome has become part of a triumvirate for me - there are 3 audible books over and above good; this is one of them. It, and the others, left me more knowledgeable - about the subject matter; more moved - that man/woman behave thus, and beyond grateful that such books have been written, and audio'd!
"Excellent debut novel"
I loved listening to this book and following the stories of Isabelle and Dorrie, both past and present. I felt their stories complemented each other well and gave insights into both perspectives.
Isabelle was my favourite character from feisty young girl to wise old lady. I loved watching her grow into the person she became, shaped by the events in her life, but never losing her compassion or spirit.
I could picture them together with ease. They were well matched narrators that brought realism to the story.
Tragic true love story torn apart by racism and war but never defeated.
I loved this book and it's characters who you could really love or hate. A picture of life in unjust times and the legacy it still leaves in modern day.
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