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Monday, February 25, 2013
The House That Built Me (& Giveaway)
This book takes us back and forth between two time periods. The first is the story of the house girl herself, Josephine, a slave girl in Virginia contemplating running away to freedom. The second is a modern day lawyer, Lina, working on a case that seeks reparations for American slaves. Also included in Lina's parts are historical documents, letter specifically, that are practically chapters of their own.
Normally when I read book that alternate between time periods, I love the historical parts far more. But that wasn't true with this, since I enjoyed reading Lina's voice more. And that isn't to say that each time I read from Josephine I was anxious to be finished, as sometimes happens with books written this style. Instead, I still really enjoyed Josephine's chapters, but I found it interesting given my normal preference how modern day story was able to capture me.
It did seem to take me a while to get into this. Although part of that may be that I just didn't make the time to sit down and read. Once I finally let myself escape into the world of The House Girl, I couldn't put it down until the mystery was solved.
The book did end with a bit of a cliffhanger. Although trying not to give anything away, I kind of understand why it did, since the story that was left open isn't really the point. Yes, as a reader I was curious, but also realize that the story that needed to be told, was finished and wrapped up. Normally with such a cliffhanger, I'd cross my fingers for a sequel, but yet, I don't really feel that this needs one to be complete.
Part of me wants to say I was surprised how much I enjoyed this, but given its summary and cover, it is the type of book I tend to fall in love with. I do think if you're a fan of historical fiction this is one you'd enjoy, and I can't wait to see with what Tara Conklin follows up her debut.
I'm excited to say that I have one copy available of this unforgettable book for one reader! Winners must be in located in the US or Canada, and must enter through the rafflecopter form below.
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Disclosure: I was provided this book through TLC Book Tours. All opinions expressed are my own.