Review: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

“When you fall in love, every kind of reason flies out the newly opened window of your brain.”

The story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love and its tragic consequences in 1930s Kentucky. Isabelle McAllister seems to have everything a seventeen-year-old girl could want; a wealthy and respectful family, friends and secure future. However, Isabelle is a free spirit and she wishes to see more of the world than just her pretty little town. She could give up the privileges for the opportunity of going to college. Too bad her mother only wishes to marry her off.

The day she meets Robert, a would-be doctor and the son of her family’s housekeeper, turns Isabelle’s life upside down. Not only Robert is a servant’s son but he is also a man of color. The two begin seeing each other in secret and fall crazily in love. Although their life together seems impossible, especially in the state where interracial marriages were forbidden by law Isabelle and Robert aren’t ready to give up their love and looking for ways to be together.

“The heart is a demanding tenant; it frequently makes a strong argument against common sense.”

Give me a minute, guys… going to grab some tissues. Because OMG this book is so amazing and so heartbreaking! Isabelle and Robert’s love story is the most beautiful and powerful romance I have ever read about; tender, and innocent, delicate, passionate, hesitant, brave and so, so sad. I can’t stop crying!!!

The writing is splendid because here I am few days after I finished reading still thinking about the story that I irreversibly fell in love with. Mostly because of the amazing characters, Isabelle and Robert were so well and vividly described that I could not stay indifferent to their struggles and feelings.

It also got me thinking about how cruel our world is. How difficult is for people just mind their own business and not mess with other people’s lives? And, here we are in the 21st century, and we keep hearing stories about people bashing other people for their opinions, beliefs, skin color, culture, accents and what not…

This book is definitely going to my favorites shelf.

P.S. Where can I get myself a Robert? because he’s like my #1 fictional crush from now on.


Rating: A million stars/5



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