What I’m Reading: The Wedding Gift

I just finished up listening to the audio book The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden.

I listened to the book in one day….10 hours and 35 minutes worth.  Can you believe that??  I was packing and then the book got so good that I just listened and listened and listened.  I was up until 11:30 pm listening.

This is my kind of book…a strong female character-historical fiction-takes place just before the Civil War.  YES, YES and YES.  I love it all.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, ” In 1852, when prestigious Alabama plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah—her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible. Told through the alternating viewpoints of Sarah and Theodora Allen, Cornelius’ wife, Marlen Suyapa Bodden’s The Wedding Gift is an intimate portrait of slavery and the 19th Century South that will leave readers breathless.”

The book alternates between telling the story of Sarah the slave girl and the mistress of the house, Theodora.  It’s a wonderful back and forth that gives the story a wonderful edge.  I’m telling you in advance-keep reading until the very last pages…you’ll be glad you did.

Amazon readers say 4.3 stars.  Me, I’ll do better with 4.8 stars.  Read or listen to this one if you’re a historical fiction lover…you’ll be glad you did.

4 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Wedding Gift”

  1. I have to give you a big thank you for the audio book idea. After you started blogging about them, I signed up to Audible. I now have several books to listen to while sewing and boy does it make the time fly by.

  2. Your post about Christmas made me cry. I had remembered you mentioning before that you didn’t exchange gifts and I knew something must of happened in your life to have this effect. Christmas is a time for joy and giving, not sorrow and bad memories. If it helps to know there are a lot of people out here that look so forward to your posts, and love you and your quilts. We all would like to see you have a happy Christmas .

  3. The Wedding Gift sounds like a book I would love to read. I haven’t read a good historical fiction in years. I am definitely going to give it a read.

  4. Debbie Leschisin

    Well, I just finished The Wedding Gift this morning on my way to work. Did not see that ending coming! Wow! Have to pick up my next audio book this weekend. Going to read The Invention of Wings. Have been told it is similar to The Wedding Gift. Seems especially timely to read these books with the movie, Selma, in theaters right now. Thanks again Jo!

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