Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother's tragic, premature death - and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea's ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She'll find you, I think, but if she doesn't, you find her.
Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn't expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she's not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors' lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history...and the part she's meant to play in it.
Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman's emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.
©2016 Emily Carpenter (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"over-dramatic & awful"
If I could give this zero stars, I would. This should have been about a 5 hour book max. The main character is an unlikable mishmash of every negative femaloe stereotype (overly emotional, always needs a man, always impulsive, not the least bit self-sufficient & nary a worry about birth control) & if you took a shot of vodka every time she yammers on about red ravens & her cigar box, you'd die of alcohol poisoning well before the end of the book. She has a serious anger management problem, in the least interesting/most annoying ways possible. The remaining characters are one-dimensional & their actions make zero sense. The heroine never simply walks, instead she flails, she flees, she races, she charges, she sprints, she rushes headlong, it's exhausting & I only finished the listening because I hoped someone would finally finish her off. The ending is predictable, far-fetched & unsatisfactory.
I didn't like it.
"I want to bottle Kate Orsini's voice . . ."
. . .and put it in the pantry between the honey and the molasses. The story kept moving and changing, one memorable scene after another all beautifully painted and believably, sadly, all too Southern.
Aside from not liking the frequent use of profanities and blasphemy, I thought the story was a bit weak. The part about the grandmother was believable. To have two other women. In the family meet misfortune on their 30th birthday was implausible, and asking us to believe it will happen a fourth time - in 2012- is where I jumped ship. The narrator was very natural. I liked how she sounded as if she were actually recounting her own story.
"Modern women will find this hard to believe"
very well written; good, suspenseful story about a subject modern women will have a hard time believing: women were institutionalized for non-conformity, not following their husband's instructions, or just being difficult. good read/listen.
"the performance was perfect. the story was great. "
the story was believable. the characters
were real. itt is a major life moment when the past is exposed. and the sad thing is,that it means so much to the newer generations to know the story not the myth to help find their way.
The story is rich and fulfilling, and a bit intense at times. It takes you between now and the past. The focus being on a great great granddaughter living in our current times who is making trying to make sense of the ramifications of her family's history, while slowly unveiling the icky past involved with greed and power. In the telling there are a few weak points and threads that don't make sense, but they arer forgivable.
"Worth More Than 5 Stars!!"
I couldn't stop listening to this. This story is full of mystery, tragedy, sadness, and visions into how things were back in the days when so many things were taboo, hush hush, and swept under the proverbial rug. The lead character, Althea is a mess, but saucy with a determined, spunky personality. She is one to be reckoned with. The narrator, Kate Orsini was the perfect choice for this story. She brought every character to life brilliantly. She is a powerful voice for a powerful story. Emily Carpenter is a very seasoned and talented writer. She makes you feel like you are in the middle of the story experiencing all of it. She is one of those writer's that describes each scene perfectly, where you can actually see it in your mind's eye. This would make an Oscar worthy movie, especially if Kate stars as Althea. This is definitely worth your time and point/$. Give it a try. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars.
"Wonderful and sad story"
Very well written. Loved the narrator in this book! As a southerner I get so disappointed with a lot of the narrators "southern accent" when reading a book but this woman was spot on. Would recommend and is definitely worth a credit.
Enjoyed story but did not like how it ended. Felt a bit disjointed, and certain parts just did not seem to make sense. However, the narration was super good!
"Pretty Awesome Listen"
Jinn's Dad showing up at the water when Jinn was with Dove. The chapter ended there and came back to the present..I almost skipped ahead!
Oh..that was my favorite part! Her accent is amazing..the inflection, her tone, the excitement really shone through and I felt like she WAS the actual character speaking. Best narration to date for me of any of my audible selections.
The unfairness of it all...way back when. How people, women and African Americans were treated and institutionalized. The message throughout the story was moving.
I didn't love Wynn's demise however his vain secret was quite vividly portrayed and I actually laughed out loud!
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