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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review: The House Girl

Lina Sparrow is assisting on a case that could make her law career.  Her firm is trying to get reparations for slavery and Lina is trying to find a slave's descendant to serve as the perfect plaintiff to help them win.  Her search leads her to Josephine Bell, a name that has begun popping up in her father's art world.  Josephine served as a house girl for Lu Anne Bell, a famous painter...only now it is believed that Josephine was actually the one holding the paintbrush and never credited.  As Lina searches for Bell's living relatives, the story shifts to Josephine's perspective and we learn of her plans to run away.

The novel begins slowly but just as Lina begins piecing everything together in the last 1/3 of the book, it really begins to pick up.  And yes, it does come together.  The truth is uncovered and we all learn that the release of secrets, even when troublesome, are ultimately satisfying.

3 out of 5 stars.

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