Monday, November 4, 2013
The House Girl by Tara Conklin...Review & Giveaway!
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...
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