Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home

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 h Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s...

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Title:Calling Me Home
Author:Julie Kibler
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Calling Me Home
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Calling Me Home Reviews

  • Jessica Jeffers
    Oct 19, 2012
    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, o...
  • Elyse Walters
    Mar 30, 2013
    Update: A good friend is going to read this ... I'm excited.., 'again'!!!! I cried like a baby!!! If this is not an EMOTIONAL book...then I don't know what is. I wish Julie Kibler would write another book.(waiting Julie!!) Don't even try to guess the ending .. Of 'who' the ladies ar...
  • Pamela
    Jan 14, 2013
    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...
  • ♡ Kim ♡
    Jun 23, 2015
    What a beautifully heartbreaking story! I have had this one on my to-read shelf for awhile. I actually started it and gave up, thinking I have a pile of books I'd most likely enjoy much more than this one. Then as I pushed it aside, I received a little nudge from a Goodreads friend to ...
  • Lisa B.
    Dec 21, 2012
    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...
  • Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
    Dec 04, 2014
    5 stars!!! 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 ...
  • Dem
    Feb 18, 2013
    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 D...
  • Diane S ☔
    Dec 04, 2012
    3.5 This was a heartfelt, poignant story about a love across the color divide in the 1930's, when this was not something that was accepted. Really loved the relationships in this novel, Isie being so much older but a good friend to Dorrie all the same. Together they brought closure and...
  • Candida Pugh
    Mar 30, 2013
    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 ob...
  • Julie Kibler
    Dec 13, 2012
    I hope you enjoy Calling Me Home! Thank you for reading and spreading the word if you like it! ...
  • Carole
    Jan 27, 2013
    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 throu...
  • Debbie
    Sep 09, 2014
    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...
  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    Jan 09, 2015
    1/16/15 Kindle Daily deal! I paid $14.00 a week ago...it's now $1.99! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008... 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 th...
  • Judy Collins
    Jan 19, 2014
    Julie Kibler's CALLING ME HOME, a poignant, debut novel; a winner out of the gate, filled with careful description and woven skillfully! A vivid, engaging first book with strong characters, dramatic storytelling, which should establish Julie Kibler as a strong novelist. She most d...
  • Christy
    Jan 22, 2015
    5+ Stars 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. ...
  • Suzanne
    Jul 22, 2014
    I had to have a chuckle when I read the subject line 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 w...
  • Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
    Dec 03, 2014
    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** ...
  • Karen
    Apr 11, 2015
    Oh... My heart still breaks for Isabel and Robert... ...
  • Beverly
    Jan 19, 2015
    Very exciting to be starting this audiobook! ...
  • Sofia
    Jan 12, 2015
    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 YE...
  • Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
    Dec 04, 2014
    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. Hea...
  • Ingie
    Dec 13, 2014
    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 ...
  • Jeanne
    Jan 10, 2015
    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...
  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    Dec 03, 2014
    **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 m...
  • Pamela
    Apr 17, 2015
    "It's an irony that young people mostly see things as black and white . . . All or nothing. Sometimes, in spite of their enthusiasm for embracing change, it takes years of experience before they truly see the whole picture." And sometimes it takes a lifetime to find the right perso...
  • ✦❋Arianna✦❋
    May 22, 2015
    5 Stars!! ?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?...
  • Karen
    Jan 22, 2016
    Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler I loved this book, it was such a great story. When I had to put it down I could not wait to get back to it. You know, when you are reading something that you wish the book would not end. when you have only a quarter of the book left. The time period shi...
  • Amber
    Jun 18, 2019
    Calling Me Home reads like a movie. I could envision every little detail. Some of it was beautiful and some so deplorable that my heart ached. The story is told in my absolute favorite way - starting at the end with hints and then going back to the beginning. It?s the story of a ...
  • Debbie Oliphant
    Jul 21, 2019
    Oh boy, where do I begin. I am emotionally drained after finishing this amazing book and would love to add 5 more stars to the rating. I was drawn in from the first chapter with Miss Isabelle's urgent request to Dorrie, her hairdresser and friend, to take her to a funeral. She doesn...
  • Nicola
    Feb 08, 2019
    ?Calling Me Home? is the debut novel by Julie Kibler! Shalerville, Kentucky 1939. A time in history where black maids and handymen can tend to white households during the day,but are banished by nightfall. Sixteen year old Isabelle born into a life of white wealth and priv...