Lina Sparrow, an up-and-coming lawyer at a prestigious firm is handed a case that quickly takes over her life. Lina is sent on the search for the perfect client to head a lawsuit that could potentially bring reparations to descendants of slaves. A whole lot of dollars are at stake and Lina becomes obsessed with the case.
In alternating chapters, we meet Josephine, a 17-year-old slave in Virginia. She serves her ill mistress as a nurse, while battling incredibly heavy burdens for someone so young and planning her way to be free before ending up
Years later, Lina learns about Josephine's story through the case she's researching and the way the past and the present collide is pretty spectacular. The way Lina learns bits and pieces of Josephine's story is believable and definitely made me want to keep reading.
There's really something for everyone in this novel -- art, history, mystery, and solid characters who each have their own significance. All of the "minor" characters had a vital role, which made for intense reading and the plot was unique in the midst of many slave stories.
If you'd like your own copy of The House Girl, just leave a comment on this post by midnight EST on Friday 3/1. Tell me your favorite recent read! US/Canada only please.
If you're interested, you can find the rest of the tour stops here.