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In Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, 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 Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 20th 2012)
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Julie Kibler
Dec 18, 2012 Julie Kibler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy Calling Me Home! Thank you for reading and spreading the word if you like it!
Christy

5+ Stars

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Calling Me Home is an unforgettable book. It’s tragically beautiful, heart wrenching and devastating to read. Forbidden love at it’s finest.

This was a book that completely flew under my radar. I’m so happy a friend recommended it to me and I picked it up. Even though it wasn’t an easy read, it was worth it. I listened to this book on audio and the narrators did a fantastic job. They captured Isabelle and Dorrie perfectly. I listened to the last little bit on my way to work yesterday mor
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
5 stars!!!

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One of my bookish resolutions for the year was to start reading more books that weren’t just pure romance and seeing a couple of friends who loved this particular book motivated me to finally pick it up. Without a doubt, this is a book that will be on my best books read in 2015 list. The content and sensitive topics explored were extremely thought-provoking, the heartbreaking forbidden romance both shattered my heart and mended it, and the historical backdrop of the book made the story
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JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿
**5++" EXTRAORDINARY " STARS**


For anyone who's ever felt protective of a book, wished they could erase a story from their memory and/ or read the same novel numerous time, I'd just like to say, "I'm sorry for ever judging you. I get it now."


I LOVE this book so much, I'm mad at it. Yes, you read that correctly. I'm angry with the author (in the most playful way possible) for turning me into such an annoying,swoony, sappy girlie- girl. I cried so heavily at one point, I started hyperventilating.
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Arianna
5 Stars!!

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“Calling me Home” was one of the best books I’ve read this year and definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s a complex story that will impress you in so many ways. It’s a historical romance and it also is a women’s fiction/civil rights/women’s rights as well. It’s a beautiful, tragic story about love, life, family, loyalty, grief, racial and sexual discrimination, segregation and so much more. It’s also an educational story, a story that will open your eyes and that will ma
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Jan 16, 2015 Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

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4.5 Heart-wrenching, Unfair Stars!


Calling Me Home
was a beautiful, emotionally charged, all-consuming story of love and loss. On my quest for something emotional that would tug at my heart strings (yes, I love a book hangover that leaves a gaping hole in my chest-don't judge), I saw a review from a friend that told me this would deliver in spades. Epically...



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Calling Me Home tells the st
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Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
6 **Hands down the best book I've read in 2014** Stars!!!!
I'm sorry but 5 stars doesn't do this book justice!!!
“Words can not describe the level of emotion I'm feeling right now...this book was amazing!!"

**Review to Come**
Jeanne
This story is about a hair stylist in her thirties named Dorrie, who is driving her almost ninety year old good friend and client Isabelle to a mystery funeral several states away. While on this long road trip, Isabelle tells Dorrie about her life in 1939, and her forbidden love story with Robert Prewitt, the black son of her family's housekeeper. The story then alternates between Dorrie's present day pov and Isabelle's past pov.

So, I was fully expecting to love this book, everything about it s
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Jessica
What a pleasant surprise this book was. It's the kind of book that makes me miss working in a bookstore because it would be such an easy recommendation to make to customers. It's good, engaging and well-written, and it's got a clear audience who will eat it up.

One part The Help, one part Water for Elephants, this compelling debut novel is the story of two women travelling from Arlington to Cincinnati for a funeral. Isabelle is 89 and unable to make the trip alone so she asks Dorrie, her African
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Ingela
Written January 27, 2015

5 Stars - An epic heart wrenching beautiful novel. -
A without questions fantastic “I'll never forget it” story.


I need time to put myself together. — That was a week ago and it has been a struggle to go back on the memory-line about this book. I don't think I have become so emotionally moved by a book since I read Jojo Moyes' novel, Me Before You.

All tissues were used and I'm still, a week later, easily moved to tears thinking about this story. This will be quite "short
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Kellie Gilbert
Extraordinary story of forbidden love that will tear your heart in bits, then skillfully weave the pieces back together. One of the best novels I've read in a long while!
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
Review posted 5/1/15

....I wanted to climb the highest hill I could find to shout until our world saw it's error....






This story of forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky left me speechless . .....a story that intricately entwines the past with the present.





Heartbreakingly Beautiful, Compelling.....



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
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Suzanne
I had to have a chuckle when I read the subject of this book that I only just realised is being made into a movie, on IMBD. 'An elderly lady asks her hairdresser to drive her to a funeral in Texas'. It's so much more than that!

Calling Me Home tells us the heart breaking and wonderful story of Isabelle and Dorrie, and of the tragic forbidden love in the late 1930's. An amazing debut novel by Julie Kibler. It's funny when the book world talks of 'debuts' as so often there is nothing 'debutish' abo
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Debbie
I wanted a lot of things. I wanted eloquent, sophisticated language. I wanted fleshy characters. I wanted witty or wise dialogue. I wanted cool sentences to highlight. I wanted to be wowed. Lower my expectations, I tell myself.

This is a story about a young black hairdresser, Dorrie, who is driving an old white woman, Isabelle, to a mysterious funeral far away. There’s a chapter for each of them, back and forth. Dorrie talks about what’s happening in her life now; Isabelle tells about her past, a
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Lisa B.
My Thoughts

Not many stories make me cry, but the ending of this one sure did. The relationship between Dorrie and Isabelle was special because they simply liked each other for who they were, without concern for skin color or age.. What a bond between these two women!

I loved the way the author unfolded the story of Isabelle’s past in between chapters of Dorrie’s current life challenges. My heart ached for Isabelle’s lost love. I rooted for Dorrie to find peace with her struggles and worries. And
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Candida Pugh
The best adjective to describe Kibler's effort is "soapy". One improbable moment follows another in a failed attempt to keep you imagining these cardboard sticks are people. If you imagine that in the late 1930's and early 1940's, a 16 year old white girl living in Kentucky could be oblivious to the peril in which her flirtation with a black man would place him, maybe you can swing with this plot. My own take is that "Miss Isabelle" (if she were a credible character) would be either crazy, incre ...more
Pamela
You might read reviews of Julie Kibler's debut novel that compare it to The Help or even To Kill a Mockingbird. And while Kibler's story certainly contains a healthy dose of racism and conflict, the heart of the book is a love story--a tragic tale of forbidden love and the consequences that love carries with it throughout generations. While it seems redundant to summarize the book here, I will say that Isabelle's story is one that grasps you from the first chapter and won't let you go.

Kibler we
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Dem
3.5 Stars

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a beautiful debut Novel telling the story of a forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with a modern-day friendship.

Eighty nine year old Isabelle McAllister has a favour 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 and they must leave the following day. Dorrie is plagu
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Beverly
Feb 01, 2015 Beverly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting to be starting this audiobook!
Sofia

I never purposely choose books that make be cry. Crying is not a kink of mine. This one snuck up on me with stealth via my friend Ingela. Oh I knew from the blurb that there was a possibility but I decided to join in the read anyway.

Did I cry? – OH YES LOTS. Am I angry? – OH YES at the bigotry, racism dealt with in the story. Angrier, more and more, that we still have to deal with this even in our day and age both within us and in the world live in. I liked that Kibler did not shy away from expl
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Marianne
May 16, 2015 Marianne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marianne by: Suzanne
Calling Me Home is the first novel by American author, Julie Kibler. When eighty-nine-year-old Miss Isabelle asks her black hairdresser, Dorrie to drive her from Texas to Ohio, Dorrie realises it must be for a very good reason. Single mother of a teenaged boy and girl, Dorrie welcomes the break from her busy life and the new man on the scene who seems too good to be true. As they head toward Cincinnati, and what Dorrie gathers to be a funeral, Miss Isabelle shares memories of her life as a young ...more
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3.5 This-Will-Break-Your-Heart Stars

"I still love you. Every day, every minute, I love you."

I don't know whats going on with me, but I've been reading a lot of sad books lately. But gosh this one was unbearably heartwrenching! Set in the 1940s during a time of serious racial discrimination, Isabelle and Robert loved each other, but they couldn't be together simply because of the color of their skin.

This was a well told story, but it was just way too sad for me, considering that I'm a HEA kind
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Carole
I loved this book! Julie Kibler is an amazing first time novelist! I hope she is busy writing her next book, because I can't wait to read it! I hesitated to spend $12 on a kindle book, but it was so worth it! I have to say the first third of the book was a little slow, but midway through, I couldn't put it down. I felt attached to Dorrie, & especially Isabelle. I was drawn to this book, after being in an interracial relationship myself, years ago. I had a taste of how hurtful people can be t ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Jan 16, 2015 Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* marked it as kindle  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* by: JaHy♕ Bitchy Goddess ♥'s everything CrAzY ☿
All the cool kids have been reading this one and guess what?? It's on sale for 1.99 today! Jan. 16th.
Mine!!!!!
Jennifer
As I write this I have to admit I still have tears rolling down my face. This was not only the best book I have ever read but the most touching as well. The story of Robert and Isabelle is so romantic and tragic all at the same time. Impossible love between two people who are soul mates and meant to be together. Reading their story makes me wonder at all the different families that went through the same things back then. Now we just take things for granted and as normal even. But back then their ...more
Yasmin
Calling Me Home was well-written...but, I think maybe I've read enough books about interracial relationships and biracial children to last me a lifetime...so this book didn't wow me or make me cry like it did for others. Good storytelling and I liked that the storyline alternated between the early 1900s (Miss Isabelle's story) and present (Dorrie's story). I also liked that Kibler didn't write patronizing or condescending black characters. But, OMG, the younger Miss Isabelle, seriously could any ...more
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
Beautiful story. Did I cry? No. :( There was plenty of opportunity too though, but I am just a hard ass or rather, an ice queen. :D

Beautiful story and really, rather hard to read at times. I highly recommend anyone read this book. If I, a lover of all things gore loved it, I am sure everyone else will too!
Lucy


This book chronicles two love stories, one love story set in the past the other in the present.

The story set in the past revolves around Isabelle and Robert. Two young teens, in love, one white the other black. Their love story was an impossible love story, destined for heartbreak. I knew the end was going to be bad but I rooted for this couple nonetheless. Theirs was a beautiful enduring love.

The present love story was just as beautiful and just as powerful. The love between a mother and a da
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Cynthia
World War II Love Story

I was anxious to read this book because of all the glowing Amazon reviews. I was somewhat disappointed however. The writing is competent, the theme of racial equality vs. intolerance is important, the World War II setting is enticing but the underlying ‘romance’ novel quality of the book isn’t something I enjoy.

The action swings between the present and the past, specifically 1939 and the early 1940’s. Central to the book is a friendship between an almost 90 year old white
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Dale Harcombe
Dinner was delayed in our house last night, as I simply had to finish this book before I could think about anything else. That tells you how emotionally invested I was in it. Fortunately I have a husband who understands these things.
This book partly set in Shalerville, Kentucky in the late 1930es and 1940s tells the story of two people who fall in love, but their love it seems is doomed from the start. Isabelle is a sixteen year old white woman born into a wealthy family while Robert is the Negr
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My debut novel, Calling Me Home, was published by St. Martin's Press February 12, 2013. It will be published by Pan Macmillan in New Zealand/Australia in March 2013, and in the UK in June 2013. Translation rights have been sold in 14 additional foreign territories.

I only post recommendations and reviews on Goodreads for books I liked, so my ratings are all five stars.
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