Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Book That Surprised Me




When I read a book that surprises me, I always feel the need to write about it here on my blog. The House Girl, a debut novel by Tara Conklin, is a book that enthralled me from the very first page and stayed with me long after I finished. I saw the book cover on Sweet Pea's instagram and the beautiful cover art immediately drew me in, as well as the description of the story. It is always a book that I least expect to be something special, a book I decide to read on a whim, that ends up becoming so much more and that I am thankful to have read.

The House Girl tells the story of two women; a house slave in 1852 Virginia and a lawyer in modern day New York. It is a story of love, history and ultimately a search for overdo justice. The author seamlessly weaves together the story of an escaped slave in the pre Civil War south and the lawyer who seeks to discover her history and use her story as part of a lawsuit seeking compensation for descendants of slaves. In her research, she discovers the slave girl might be the actual artist of her owner's famous paintings. The use of historical documents and letters to help discover the truth is riveting and the conclusion will have you unable to put the book down.

Happy reading!



  1. This sounds so interesting! Thanks for sharing. Book club is done for the summer and I need something new for the weekend!

  2. A house slave in 1952???? Really? Or did you mean 1852?...:)JP

  3. Sounds great, Vicki. Adding it to my list :)

  4. Thanks so much for the recommendation and I'll add to my reading list!

  5. O, I would love to read this...I'll see if Amazon has it. It sounds like one I would like...
    Besides all that, CONKLIN is our last name....:)

  6. Thanks so much for the review. I would love this. Great summertime reading.
    Have a good night.

  7. Wow! Thanks for the recommendation. I always like the books that you like.

  8. I was going to begin reading The Goldfinch . . . you may have changed my mind!

  9. I saw this beautiful book at Target yesterday! I wish I had read your blog before I went! The cover is SO pretty! Have a blessed day dear friend, thanks for the review:) HUGS!

  10. I like the cover, too! Will have to add it to my already long reading list!


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