Review of “Call Your Daughter Home” by Deb Spera

Set in 1924 in Branchville, South Carolina as the rest of the country is headed toward the Great Depression, the deep south is suffering from the lingering devastation of the Civil War and the boll weevil infestation.

Gertrude, Annie, and Retta narrate this mesmerizing tale from incredibly different backgrounds – yet connected through circumstance. Their powerful story will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Rarely have I been as captivated by a book and characters as this debut novel by Deb Spera, a successful television writer, and producer (Criminal Minds and Army Wives). 

Most notably, Spera spent childhood summers on her grandparents’ farm in Branchville, where she grew up listening to their stories. She learned the importance of home, family, resourcefulness, and the ferocity of mothers.

If there’s a reader on your gift list who loved “Where the Crawdad’s Sing” by Delia Owens, this would make a fantastic surprise.

Happy Reading !


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