Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Book Woman’s Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson, Sourcebooks Landing, May 2022
WOW! Kim Michele Richardson, the author of “The Book Woman’s Daughter” has written an amazing masterpiece. I love the way the author vividly describes both the beauty in the Appalachia and the ugliness, where the contrasts are so disturbing. It is amazing to see how literacy prevails in so many situations. I love the way sisterhood, courage and hope can exist.
The genre for this novel is Historical fiction. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. There is both good and evil. It is even more difficult today to realize how dangerous and unbalanced people can be. The story takes place in Kentucky, where contrasts can be seen between the rich and poor, and people with physical differences. The laws are not based according to equality and justice.
Honey Lovett lives and sees this as her parents are imprisoned. Honey’s mother is afflicted with blue skin, and was one of Troublesome Book Women. Her parents have prepared Honey for this and send her off with her obstinate mule, so she will not have to go to an orphanage. Honey sets off on a dangerous journey to find emancipation and freedom. Along the way she discovers other women in Kentucky that are fighting for their survival.
This is just such a thought-provoking story. It is amazing to read about the courageous sisterhood of women bravely fighting the political and physical obstacles standing in their way. The story about their animal’s loyalty,protection, and sense of fairness is so intriguing.. Yes, there is hope.
At least one of the parts of the story had me in tears. The judge quotes “Books are the cornerstones of greater minds” to Honey. As the judge shares recollections of his early life, I had to pull myself together. This is a memorable story that I highly recommend for everyone!