Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

   The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a must read.  This book is filled with strength, courage and the power to move people.  This book is powerful and will last for generations, this book will be a classic just like To Kill A Mockingbird.

   The three main women in this story tell the story and form the core.  Skeeter is an idealist white woman who has just come home from college.  She finds that her black maid, Constantine no longer employed at her house.  Skeeter is looking to find the truth about what happened to her.  Her best friend Hilly is the town socialite, who wants everyone to follow in her footsteps.

   Aibileen a loving black maid who works for one of Skeeter's friends.  Aibileen has a great big heart and loves the white child, Mae Mobley, she cares for.  The only thing that Aibileen wants more than anything is to teach love and have things be better for the children growing up.

   Minny is a black maid who used to work for Hilly's mother.  She is a smart mouth, back talking woman who would like to take on the world.  Minny loses her job, thanks to Hilly, she comes to work for Cecilia, a woman who apparently does not see the racial divide.

   Together these three women team up and write a book about what it is like for the help to work for white women.  Skeeter is the main person behind this project and it brings these three women together in a way that you could not imagine in Jackson, Mississippi in the 60's.   They also have some help writing the book from several other black maids who decide to tell their stories, both good and bad.  Risking their lives they write this book and form a unique bond.  Letting the secrets of the town come out for all the country to know.

  The Help is a must read for everyone.  It's funny, heart warming, and empowering.  I could read this book again and again.  Plus you might want to know about the "Minny Pie".

Daughter of York

Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith

   Daughter of York is another amazing story by Anne Easter Smith.  Anne Easter Smith does a wonderful job of telling the story of another of England's strong and intelligent women.  Daughter of York is the story of Margaret, the daughter of York and who becomes the Duchess of Burgundy.

   Margaret's story begins after her father was killed in battle, she wakes from a nightmare with her mother by her side.  That's where the nightmare of her life is about to begin as well.  She must learn to become the woman of the house and take on more responsibilities.  Her mother Cecily, from Queen by Right, guides her into the great women she will become. 

   Margaret's brother Edward becomes King of England and now holds Margaret's fate in his hands.  He promises to find her a wonderful husband but at the same time he has to do whats best for England.  After the first few years on the throne he decides to wed Margaret to the Duke of Burgundy.  Margaret must leave her family and leave England to sail to France.  Heartbroken and lost she finds herself far from home and friends.  She takes comfort in the few ladies sent with her to tend to her.  Her most beloved lady by her side.  

  Margret's life is full of strength and courage and the patience to guide those around her as well as her brother across the sea.  She faces love, heartache and disappointment along the way, yet stays strong.  Anne Easter Smith has done it again.  This book was another amazing read and again kept me reading to the very last page.