The House Girl

The House Girl

by Tara Conklin

Overview: The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the preĖCivil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Faith Bowers (05/11/19): This is Ms Conklinís debut novel and though it takes a familiar tone of two time periods with two parallel stories and how the stories meet, I enjoyed this historical fiction.

I became drawn to the two main characters the artist house girl Josephine and the artistís lawyer daughter in current day. Lina, researches the house girl in a law case. There are a few twists and turns to the mystery of undocumented artist slave. There is growth and development for Lina and a time line history of Josephine. I found it an easy comfortable read without any edges and have been wait listed for her newest novel The Last Romantics.
Rating: ***

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