Calling Me Home

Kibler, Julie

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Calling Me Home
A debut novel interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250014528
Characteristics: 325 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jan 29, 2015

Excellent! Literally couldn't put it down.

Dec 22, 2014
  • JWW_O rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book that brings to light what both black and white women faced years ago and how some things haven't changed. Also, the love of a child is above all.

Aug 20, 2014
  • redworc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent read. I kept stretching out my reading times to delay finishing it as long as possible! I highly recommend it.

Apr 16, 2014
  • JCLColleenO rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful story of forbidden love in 1930's Kentucky, between a young, white, privileged doctor's daughter, and the black son of the family's housekeeper.

Feb 24, 2014
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tremendous story-telling. I love that this book is likened to The Help. Poignant ending.

Aug 08, 2013
  • martyarty rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When I first started this book, I wasn't very sure I would like it at first. But as I kept reading, I not liked it I loved it! It had a fascinating story that kept me glued to the last page. One of the better books I have read in quite a while. Usually I pick them up and reject them after so many pages. This one I could not put down and at the end I repeated several times "this was a very good book"

Jul 03, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nice story, well paced.

Apr 16, 2013
  • ILoveStorytime rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Help read-a-like

Apr 10, 2013
  • beachcat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a great book - I was so interested in Isabelle's story and Dorrie's life too. It is based on the author's grandmother, (according to the back book flap), who fell in love with a young black man in a time and place where such a relationship was impossible, inspiring Julie Kibler to write this, her first book. Maybe that 's why the story grabbed me and even made me cry. Watch out - once you start you'll want to keep reading until you finish the book.


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Mar 01, 2013
  • APlazek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Calling Me Home, a debut novel by Julie Kibler, is a heart-wrenching story of forbidden love and loss. Isabelle McAllister is pushing 90 and needs to travel from Texas to Cincinnati for a funeral so she asks her hairdresser who has befriended her over the past 10 years to drive her there. Dorrie is a black single mother who is struggling with her current relationship and other parenting issues, but she thinks so highly of Isabelle that she agrees. The road trip allows plenty of time for Isabelle to share stories about her first love, Robert, a young black man whose family worked for hers. The story is beautifully written and intersperses stories from Isabelle’s youth with what they are experiencing on the road and problems Dorrie is facing in her current relationships. A phenomenal book that fans of The Help would enjoy.


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