♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This is the beginning of an epic series that drew me in quickly and kept me knowing I would find out the answer at any minute. I love the anticipation of knowing something that your character doesn’t. The novel starts in the 1920s and tells a story of struggle and triumph, mistakes and consequences. The class distinction of the titled and entitled is a hard line, a barrier. This is the stuff of mankind, maybe a part of being human; quite possibly as a species, we don’t learn and nothing changes? Archer tells the story from each main character’s viewpoint. I found it interesting to relive a scene from a different character’s perspective. It had been awhile since I had jumped into an historical fiction and I’m happily reminded that I love that genre. I’ll put The Sins of the Father on my to read list.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Wow. I just grabbed this one because of its ratings, and it did not disappoint. Since I finished this, I’ve been thinking, even having vivid dreams, about it. Slavery, a terrible blight on our National History, was brutal and to me, unthinkable. I often imagine what it would have been like to have been alive and a part of it — on either side. Of course, one side is obviously worse than the other, but is it? What if you were born into a family of slave holders? What if you knew, even as a small child, that it was absolutely wrong, but could do nothing to change it then? In this tale, we see two sides of one coin. I love the characters, bold and strong, even the ones I despised. I loved listening to the author’s note at the end about how she came to write about these people, and which parts were fictionalized and which were told as close to the history as possible. Fascinating and well worth a read or listen. No wonder it was an Oprah’s book club pick.