Monday, November 4, 2013

The House Girl by Tara Conklin...Review & Giveaway!

Over the weekend, I finished a fantastic book....The House Girl by Tara Conklin.  Here is the scoop....


Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . .
2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.
1852: Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm—an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell.
It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.
A descendant of Josephine's would be the per-fect face for the lawsuit—if Lina can find one. But nothing is known about Josephine's fate following Lu Anne Bell's death in 1852. In piecing together Josephine's story, Lina embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother's mysterious death twenty years before.
Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing tale of art and history, love and secrets explores what it means to repair a wrong, and asks whether truth can be more important than justice.

I loved this book!  The author did a flawless job of switching between the two time periods and giving life to her characters.   I would find myself so deeply involved in one woman's story that I wouldn't want it to be time to switch over and then be in the same situation, only reversed the next time!  I simply couldn't decide whose story I wanted to find out more about first.  I really love a good historical fiction novel (probably my favorite genre) and The House Girl was just perfect for me.  I loved not only the characters but the richness in which the author wrote about their lives.  I found myself furiously flipping pages to see how each of their lives would turn out until the very last page.  This would be an excellent book club choice!  You can pick up your copy today on Amazon...
I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky RBM reader a copy of The House Girl by Tara Conklin! Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

45 comments:

Tara Overby said...

I'm not part of a book club. I love to read but I don't really like the idea of discussing a book in a group!

Jackie said...

I'm not part of a book club, but I do like to read.
Thank you!

Carl Scott said...

I'm not in a book club right now but I have thought of starting one. I'm not sure how it would go but I might give it a try at some point. Thanks for the giveaway, I've heard other great things about The House Girl as well.

Anita Yancey said...

I am not in a book club. But I read all the time. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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slb3334 said...

I have been but am not currently.

calvad said...

I was in a book club but am now looking for a new one to join

calvad said...

I was in a book club but am now looking for a new one to join

freshsamanthaaa said...

I've never been in a book club, but may join one in the future.

tatertot374 said...

I am not but I think I would like to join one. thank you

Renee G said...

I am not part of a book club.

Anonymous said...

I used to be part of a book club through work.

Marci N said...

I'm not yet, something I'd like to do soon

Jules(: said...

I used to be but I love to read

helpful heather said...

I am not but I wish I was!

wyguymom said...

I've never joined a book club before.

Amber said...

I've never been part of a book club but I'd love to join one!

Danielle Lima said...

I have never been part of a book club, but my daughter is currently.

Kayla Lampson said...

I have never really been a part of an official book club but I often discuss books with friends.

Caryn said...

Yes, I'm part of a book club. Look forward to those nights out.

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DistractedMommy said...

I'm not part of a book club yet.

Heather said...

I have never been a part of a book club, have thought about it though!

Daniel M said...

never been in a book club - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Jacquelyn Cannon said...

Several years ago I use to be in a book club. I would not mind joining one again.
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Serena Manolovits said...

No I am not, but I do love to read

Felicia said...

No I am not part of a book club, but I do enjoy reading, It is my escape. It is something that I think I might enjoy though.

Nicole C. said...

No, I am not part of one, but I would love to be. I read constantly!

GeorgiaBeckman said...

I am not part of one but I think I'd like to find out more about them. I would love if you could email me & let me know what you do when you're in a book club. I think that's why I've been hesitant. I don't know what you do when you get together. Or DO you get together? lol
georgiabeckman@hotmail.com

Bonnye said...

no I am not part of a book club- wish I had the time!

Sarah Belair said...

I am not part of a book club, although it seems like a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I am not currently part of a book club.

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Shauntea Crutcher said...

I am not part of a book club, but I do enjoy reading books during my spare time.

Anonymous said...

I belong to a book club, love it, wouldn't read half the books if it wasn't for my club ,natbelinsky@verizon.net

Kortney Nelson said...

I never have been and I don't know if I ever will.

Lisa Pecora said...

No I have never been a part of a book club.

Crystal Rose said...

I've never been in a book club but I think it would be fun.

Diana said...

I've never been part of a book club
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Danielle jones said...

I'm not in a book club. I like to read often and then move onto the next book.

bac1 said...

i am not maybe someday

eclairre said...

I've never been part of a book club but I'd love to join one!

Nancy said...

I'm not part of a book club.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

michedt said...

No I'm not, but I love to read. I really should look into it.
Michelle Tucker

Susan Smoaks said...

i am not currently in a book club
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Mihaela Day said...

No, I am not in a book club.

Buddy Garrett said...

I am not in a book club.

James Coyne said...

i am not in a book club

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