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Aded 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 wayWith tenderness and searing emotion Calling Me Home illuminates the hardships passions and dreams that link women across race generations and time. 11615 Kindle Daily deal I paid 1400 a week agoit s now 199 Heart wrenching Unfair StarsCalling Me Home was a beautiful emotionally charged all consuming story of love and loss On my uest for something emotional that would tug at my heart strings yes I love a book hangover that leaves a gaping hole in my chest don t judge I saw a review from a friend that told me this would deliver in spades Epically Calling Me Home tells the story in both past and present tense of Miss Isabelle McAllister a 90 year old white widow Presently she s asked her hairdresser and friend Dorrie 30 s single black mother to drive her to a funeral in Cincinnati The reader isn t told who passed away but in flips to the past we learn of Isabelle s story The story of forbidden love her love of Robert the black son of her family s housekeeper Present tense Dorrie listens to Miss Isabelle while managing this cross country trip with a feeble yet snappy old woman She too is struggling with life drama related to her teen son unease of dating after being hurt by so many deadbeat men yet she puts it all aside to help her friend get to a funeral that s obviously very important to her The author did a stellar job of putting the reader essentially in the backseat of this old Buick patiently listening to Isabelle s story of forbidden love My heart broke a million times over listening to the lengths Isa would go to see her teen love This is in the 1930s where blacks were segregated from whites especially after darkness falls Every stolen opportunity was had for her to sneak away to be with her forbidden love But all this is fruitless as if anyone found a black boy with a white girl his life would be taken much less any chance of future happiness or marriage I was simply blown away by the level of bigotry in those times And I won t even start with my opinion of her motherThen we flip back to the road trip Dorrie s cell phone ringing again with teen drama she s trying to solve via phone It was all justnormal having teens at home myself this was true to life Even in current day we are painfully aware of the second glances given to a younger black woman with a frail little white ladysurely they can t be friends It s all just a bitunusualMiss Isabelle Where do I start Can I have her I want a Grandma just like she wasfrail yet tough her filters long faded She had no problem putting grown men in their places and I can t say enough how AWESOME the character development of her was Both characters in fact I felt their connection two women of different race driving to a known destination playing crossword puzzles reliving a love story painfully gripping Dorrie just say back and let Miss Isabelle painfully drip feed her life story Back at age 17 and forward Obviously there s death at the end of the storythe title says as much I won t say who but even as the reader thinks heshe knows how it ends it all seems to creep up on you at once And oh jeez it left me in tears I thought I knew how it was going to endhad it all pictured in my head but that wasn t entirely the case The way the story is drip fed to the reader was a bit slow for me in the beginning thus deduction of5 but it s all to invest the reader 100% in their story both past and present And in the end I felt completely drained empty insidean emptiness that s caused by loss loss of chances loss of love loss of life I understand a book like this is not for everyone but those readers looking for something different a story to become completely emotionally invested in a story to soak into your heart Calling Me Home delivers in spades Thank you Jahy for holding my hand each torturous step of the way And Feifei for such a beautiful review drawing me to this beautiful love story Here s a link to Feifei s review that sold me on this book

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89 year old Isabelle McAllister has a favour to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis and it's a big one Isabelle wants Dorrie a black single mother in her thirties to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington Texas to a funeral in OhioAs they drive Isabelle starts to tell her st. Update A good friend is going to read this I m excited again I cried like a baby If this is not an EMOTIONAL bookthen I don t know what is I wish Julie Kibler would write another bookwaiting Julie Don t even try to guess the ending Of who the ladies are traveling to see and why You won t figure it out I promiseIf a reader does not get teary eye at least one time while reading this GEM of a STORY THEN their heart is made of stone5I m too emotional to write a review just finished reading I HIGHLY recommend this book to ALL MY FRIENDS EXCELLENTEXCELLENTEXCELLENT A History Of Portuguese Economic Thought read this I m excited again I cried like a baby If this is not an EMOTIONAL bookthen I don t know what is I wish Julie Kibler would write another bookwaiting Julie Don t even try to guess the ending Of who the ladies are traveling to see and why You won t figure it out I promiseIf a The Works Of John M Synge Vol 2 reader does not get teary eye at least one time while The Complete Fairy Tales reading this GEM of a STORY THEN their heart is made of stone5I m too emotional to write a Trivial Complaints review just finished My Philadelphia Father reading I HIGHLY Eduardo Aronica Brooklyn Gambino Soldier recommend this book to ALL MY FRIENDS EXCELLENTEXCELLENTEXCELLENT

Julie Kibler ó 3 summary

Ory as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt 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 conseuences makes it clear that Dorrie and Isabelle are he. 5 starsOne of my bookish resolutions for the year was to start reading books that weren t just pure romance and seeing a couple of friends who loved this particular book motivated me to finally pick it up Without a doubt this is a book that will be on my best books read in 2015 list The content and sensitive topics explored were extremely thought provoking the heartbreaking forbidden romance both shattered my heart and mended it and the historical backdrop of the book made the story feel so real like I was transported in the world the author created and was a silent bystander who experienced everything the characters did This was one of the hardest books for me to read not because I didn t enjoy it or wasn t invested but because of how powerful the author s words are They leaped off the pages and seeped deep into my heart crippling me with the stark truth behind the ugly reality presented in the story And even though all of this is fictional the impression left afterwards is sure to impact minds and hearts alike invigorating readers to not let the tragedies and ostracism in the story reoccur in reality Of course not every book that tackles interracial romance and segregation will make a profound impact on me It all depends on the author s delivery of said premise and in this case I couldn t be impressed with the way the author presented her story and characters The tale follows a road trip where an 80 year old Isabelle is heading to a funeral with Dorrie her 30 something year old hairdresser Over the years Dorrie and Isabelle s relationship has gone from employeremployee to dear friends yet there s always this cloak of mystery that surrounds Isabelle that Dorrie can t figure out And even with Dorrie experiencing her own troubles with her boyfriend and children she still embarks on this road trip with Isabelle realizing that her old friend will need her for support Along the way it warmed my heart to witness the friendship dynamic between the two from arguing about the pettiest things to confessing hidden secrets the biggest one being Isabelle s romance with Robert the black son of her family s housekeeper and her one true love and the conseuences that arose because such an interracial relationship was forbiddenFrom there the author alternates between pastpresent scenes with Isabelle being the narrator in the past and Dorrie in the present This way both women are given an eual voice and keeps the story balanced and me invested As Isabelle s tale is unveiled chapter by chapter I got stomach butterflies while I read about her sweet and tender romance with Robert but also felt the unbearable heartbreak when the inevitable happened The fact that the story is set during World War II also heightens the pure desperation the longing and love these two experience One word can t really describe the range of emotions I felt while reading this story From the beginning and little by little I could sense my heart splintering in pieces while outwardly maintaining a calm appearance Gradually my throat was painfully clogged up eyes welled with unshed tears and mouth slightly uivering It seemed like with each new obstacle uncovered in the story a heavy weight would be dropped onto my heart until it completely crushed three uarters into the story and I could not stop sobbing after that point And when I got to the very end I closed the book feeling three distinct emotions sadness contentment and determination Immense sadness for all the injustice the characters suffered and their jagged pain Content because the story came full circle and left me with a teary smile on my face And determination to not let the mistakes in the story be repeated in the present at least not by me and to bring awareness to the topics explored in the book because sadly they still permeate society todayEveryone needs to read this book Love is love regardless of race gender age and backgroundCalling Me Home is a part women s fiction part romance part historical fiction standalone PS This is the first 5 star rating I ve given in 2 months


10 thoughts on “Calling Me Home

  1. says:

    I hope you enjoy Calling Me Home Thank you for reading and spreading the word if you like it

  2. says:

    5 Stars Calling Me Home is an unforgettable book It’s tragically beautiful heart wrenching and devastating to read Forbidden love at it’s finestThis was a book that completely flew under my radar I’m so happy a friend recommended it to

  3. says:

    Update A good friend is going to read this I'm excited 'again' I cried like a baby If this is not an EMOTIONAL bookthen I don't know what is I wish Julie Kibler would write another bookwaiting Julie Don't even try to guess the ending Of 'who' the ladies are traveling to see and why You won't figure it out I promiseIf a rea

  4. says:

    5 starsOne of my bookish resolutions for the year was to start reading books that weren’t just pure romance and seeing a couple of friends who loved this particular book motivated me to finally pick it up Withou

  5. says:

    5 Stars “Calling me Home” was one of the best books I’ve read this year and definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read It’s a complex story that will impress you in so many ways It’s a historical romance and it also is a women’s fictioncivil rightswomen’s rights as well It’s a beautiful tragic story about love life family loyalty grief racial and sexual discrimination segregation and s

  6. says:

    5 EXTRAORDINARY STARS For anyone who's ever felt protective of a book wished they could erase a story from their memory and or read the same novel numerous time I'd just like to say I'm sorry for ever judging you I get it now I LOVE this book so much I'm mad at it Yes you read that correctly I'm angry with the author in the most pla

  7. says:

    I had to have a chuckle when I read the subject line of this book that I only just realised is being made into a movie on IMBD 'An elderly lady asks her hairdresser to drive her to a funeral in Texas' It's so much than thatCalling Me Home tells us the heart breaking and wonderful story of Isabelle and Dorrie and

  8. says:

    I wanted a lot of things I wanted elouent sophisticated language I wanted fleshy characters I wanted witty or wise dialogue I wanted cool sentences to highlight I wanted to be wowed Lower my expectations I tell myselfThis is a story about a young black hairdresser Dorrie who is driving an old white woman Isabelle

  9. says:

    11615 Kindle Daily deal I paid 1400 a week agoit's now 199 Heart wrenching Unfair StarsCalling Me Home was a beautiful emotionally charged all consuming story of love and loss On my uest for something emotional that would tug at my heart strings yes I love a book hangover that leaves a gaping hole in my chest don't judge I saw a review from a friend that told me this would deliver in spades Epically Calling Me Home tells the story in both

  10. says:

    6 Hands down the best book I've read in 2014 StarsI'm sorry but 5 stars doesn't do this book justice“Words can not describe the level of emotion I'm feeling right nowthis book was amazingReview to Come

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