When I read a book that surprises me, I always feel the need to write about it here on my blog. The House Girl, a debut novel by Tara Conklin, is a book that enthralled me from the very first page and stayed with me long after I finished. I saw the book cover on Sweet Pea's instagram and the beautiful cover art immediately drew me in, as well as the description of the story. It is always a book that I least expect to be something special, a book I decide to read on a whim, that ends up becoming so much more and that I am thankful to have read.
The House Girl tells the story of two women; a house slave in 1852 Virginia and a lawyer in modern day New York. It is a story of love, history and ultimately a search for overdo justice. The author seamlessly weaves together the story of an escaped slave in the pre Civil War south and the lawyer who seeks to discover her history and use her story as part of a lawsuit seeking compensation for descendants of slaves. In her research, she discovers the slave girl might be the actual artist of her owner's famous paintings. The use of historical documents and letters to help discover the truth is riveting and the conclusion will have you unable to put the book down.