Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters - and their lively and loving community - bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.
©2014 Laila Ibrahim (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
People were horrible
Don't know; first one.
If you liked Kitchen House or The Invention of Wings, you'll like this too.
It is so heart warming.
Too many to chose one
Could not put this down. Listened to it in one day.
How the story was told, almost as if you were there.
Mattie of course!
She just knows how to tell the story. I have listened to some of her other books also. Her voice is calm.
That is for sure!! I hated leaving this book to do other chores:-( I didn't want the story to end!!!!
THIS JUST TOOK THE PLACE OF THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!!!
YES - IT SHEDS A LOT OF NON-ROMANTICIZED LIGHT ON THE SOCIETAL PRISON THAT SOUTHERNERS WERE LIVING IN
I ENJOYED HOW SHE BREATHED LIFE INTO THE CHARACTERS WITHOUT BEING STEREOTYPICAL
I loved listening to this book. The accents are fabulous and added so much to the experience. It is great.
Enjoy great books. Have more time to read or listen Love historical fiction or non fiction. Also enjoy multi-cultural books
Yes, left an impact on my being- courage
The boys in the Boat
Thanks to the Author
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
This story is touching and enjoyable, and challenges one's assumptions about relationships, care-taking, roles in society and the pre-Civil War south. This certainly isn't a ground-breaking book, but it is a sweet and thoughtful story.
This was an ok read/listen, I didnt know until the end that its a true story, in this case, I'm glad the ending wasn't bad.
The story was very good and the narration was excellent.
The most memorable moment of the book for me was when Elizabeth backed out of her impending marriage. I was very proud of her when she threw the jewelry down after returning the very expensive necklace given to her for her wedding.
My favorite scene was when Mattie was allowed to return to the child Elizabeth when she was very ill and would not eat.
I loved this book. I am very partial to books about the Civil War era and slavery era because I love American history. It is so interesting to read and find out about how life was in that time period.
The part of the story in which Elizabeth and her husband moved to Ohio to build a home was very good. The story of how slavery was overcome, even by one person at a time, is so uplifting. It always makes me proud to be American where freedom and democracy are alive and well.
Impulse but well worth it, lovely book slightly slow but not a problem.
The accent of young Lisbeth was a bit grating but thats my only moan.
No tears but I really enjoyed it.
"Interesting subject but rather idealised story"
Yes, I would recommend as I found learning about plantation life from the perspective of slave and owner to be interesting. We also see how much it was expected that children follow their parents
The first half of the book detailing Maddie's relationship with her young charge (as a wet nurse) was most interesting although slow paced. When the story switches to follow Lisbeth as an adult I found the increase in pace welcome, but the story rather unbelievable at this point. It was clear where the story was heading (to a Hollywood ending).
Not sure. I don't think a film could offer more for me, and this tale is not as realistic as 12 Years a Slave which was made into a harrowing film.
Overall worth listening to for education on the subject matter, rather than being a jolly good story.
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