House Girl | Tara Conklin

House Girl

 

I can’t recall why I decided to read this book, but I do remember it was on a list with other books I had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Two stories more than a century apart intersect in Conklin’s House Girl. A story of a “house girl” slave, Josephine, in the 1800s and her relationship with her mistress. Josephine’s story is one of a passion and artistry skill she and her mistress have and the illustrations they have created. While modern-day Lina, a litigation attorney, is brought aboard a reparations of slaver case in which art and generational lineage unfolds as she digs to find the truth behind some valuable and historical illustrations created in the 1800s.

With little romance, House Girl reveals a story of hope, heart breaks, lies, failings and triumphs as the stories of the past put together the puzzle of the present. As I closed the cover of the book, I was glad I did pick up House Girl to read!