Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

The book that I am featuring this week is one that I have had in my TBR pile for quite some time. I recently bought it for my Kindle when it was on sale for a great price. Now it's on my TBR list on my Kindle. Ha! I still want to read it and I'll get it read some time, I just know I will. So many books, so little time.    

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by St. Martin's Press 

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and 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 consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed 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 way.

About the author

Julie Kibler began writing Calling Me Home after learning a bit of family lore: As a teen, her paternal grandmother fell in love with a young black man, but their families tore them apart. Then, while digging into the past, she discovered her father’s hometown had signs at the city limits warning blacks to be gone by sundown.

Julie grew up in various towns in Kentucky, New Mexico, and Colorado, then moved to Texas to attend college and stayed because even the strangers were friendly. Aside from writing, she is a freelance editor and tries to keep up with her family and a couple of shelter dogs who don't always appreciate their rescue. She enjoys reading, indie films, folk music, photography and splitting chocolatey desserts with her husband, an engineer who doesn't understand writers, but understands chocolate.

She is currently writing her next novel. Her short memoir, "Final Sale on tires," a true story about her relationship with her other grandmother, appeared in Perigee (Issue 21, July 2008).

Connect with Julie

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  1. It breaks my heart that this sort of thing happened and two people couldn't freely love each other simply because of the color of their skin. Love has no color.

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway and for the opportunity.

    P.S. I share my desserts with my husband too. It makes me feel less guilty eating sweets. LOL.

  2. This sounds like a really good book! I must add it to my list! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This could be carried off brilliantly or flop rather spectacularly based on how deftly the author crafts an authentic, unique and multi-dimensional relational mode between the characters. I definitely want to find out how it all unfolds! Thanks for the chance to win! Cheers, Kara S

  4. Looks like an inspiring book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Like it when the oldsters revisit their youth. Thanks!

  6. I would love to win this book that is set in my home state. Thank you for this giveaway.

  7. This novel sounds captivating. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


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