Rated of 5
by Judi S. (Boyes Hot Springs, CA)
The House Girl
"To eat a meal when hunger struck her, to smile without thinking, to wear a dress that fit her well, to place upon the wall a picture she had made, to love a person of her choosing." These are the simple yet unattainable desires of Josephine the "house girl" to Lu Anne Bell, aspiring artist and mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm.
This story had my attention captured from page two to the final sentence.
Readers who enjoyed The Help or Salvage The Bones will find two new heroines to love in The House Girl.
I was originally skeptical about how the story could honestly address the pros/cons of reparations without sounding preachy or dismissive, but Conklin managed to give the issue the respect it deserved, without losing the character focused flavor of the book.
Like all good books (in my opinion) The House Girl gives us characters we care deeply about, and asks us to think about some tough issues.
This wonderful book will stay in your heart and mind long after you have finished the last page.