Book Review: Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

One Book, Three Reviews:

What happens when three Book Drunkards read the same book? Three very different takes!

Martina’s Review:

If the phrase “slow and steady wins the race” can be applied to any book, it’s Call Your Daughter Home. This first novel by Deb Spera is a moving tale of three very different women from South Carolina in 1924. It’s told from the alternating views of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie whose distinct voices capture how life treated women of different classes, yet show how alike they truly are in the end. This book shows that a ferocious mother is a thing to behold and that in the end, women are stronger when they hold each other up and stand together.

Book Quote: “Between us we got all the talent in the world, but we got to use every bit to pull ourselves up. We been down,” I told them. “but we ain’t down no more. We got to look at this chance like we’re being born all over again.”

Reasons I liked this book:

True to life characters with flaws and real struggles.

Slow and intense. It didn’t need a crazy twist to make it exciting. Real life was enough.

Strong females.

Outstanding writing.

Rating: 5 stars

Similar books you’ll enjoy: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.


Bethany’s Review:

Call Your Daughter Home is one of those books where basically nothing happens. Now, this doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, as long as the characters are compelling and likeable, or the writing is nice. Unfortunately, none of those things pertain to Call Your Daughter Home. The novel follows three women who don’t have much in common (other than being mothers) who cross paths unexpectedly. And… nothing really happens. To make matters worse, the stuff the does happen is written in a sort of dull, bland manner that gives no real surprise or thrill to the event. The characters are one dimensional and unlikeable. Other than Retta and Lonnie, I felt no real connection to anyone in the book. Gertrude in particular is prickly and cold. The story as a whole is not well rounded, and there is no real purpose or goal to it. I’m thinking hard about it now, and I can’t even come up with anything this book accomplished. All in all, I think maybe people with children could connect better to this story, but as a 21-year-old with no children and no plans to have children in the near future, this missed the mark completely for me.

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Amy’s Review:

Call Your Daughter Home is the heartbreaking story of three women from a small southern town during the 1920’s. Although they are from different walks of life, their paths intersect in ways that allow them to lift each other up during troubled times. I am not afraid to admit that this one made my stomach curl one moment, then had me bawling the next. It’s bittersweet and made me appreciate the times we live in; regardless of the current state of the world. 4 stars

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