Genre: Historical Romance
POV: Single (Heroine)
Heat Level: Very Mild
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.
Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.
Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply 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 makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.
♦♦♦ My Thoughts ♦♦♦
I read this book a while back but I needed to leave a review to express how amazing this book was. This is absolutely NOT a HEA. This is devastating and your heart will break but this story is REAL. This is the love story of two teeangers, Isabelle and Robert in 1930’s Kentucky and the challenges they face because of the difference in the color of their skin.
Robert is the son of the maid that works for Isabelle’s family. Their relationship starts out as a friendship and as they find themselves attracted to each other, they end up trying to sneak away to find time to spend together. I was so scared for them! Robert could have easily lost his life if they were caught.
I won’t go into the details of the book to avoid spoilers but the injustice in this story hurts my heart! They were just two young people in love who were constantly being ripped apart by people who had such hate in their hearts who could not see beyond the color of their skin.
This book is a great reminder of how hate used to tear apart so many lives and to appreciate how far we have come to overcome racism. So when I watch the news today and see that there are still people that are supporting separation of race and/or encouraging racism, I just get so frigging mad!!Now more than ever is the time to support the most important race, the Human Race.
5++ Let’s Not Go Back To This Stars
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Length: 336 Pages
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