Found a few good books while I was at the library yesterday. I also picked up the one they were holding for me; it was the Sarah Addison Allen title. I brought home "Wench" and "Fallen." I read Wench yesterday, just couldn't put it down once I got started.
The author was profiled in our regional newspaper a while back. I'd also seen the title listed quite frequently on a facebook page I visit. So, I gave it a whirl. What a riveting novel. Dolen Perkins-Valdez does an amazing job exploring the complicated and tragic dimensions of the slave and owner relationship. She juxtaposes several different slave women and their 'masters' against each other to explore the commonalities and the differences in those relationships. She crafts a well written and fascinating story that leaves your heart breaking and brimming with hope all at the same time.
I will start to read the Allen book today and then dive into Lauren Kate's "Fallen" for the weekend.