Can’t Wait for the Movie – The Help – Book Review

Thursday July 14 2011 10:57 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , , ,

Good help is like true love — you only get one in a life time. (Quote from The Help)

I just finished reading the book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett via the AudioBook version. I usually like to have the book in my hands but this was a perfect road trip audio book for my recent drive from Seattle, WA to Missoula, MT.

The Help covers the timeframe of the early sixties when racial tensions were challenging in the south as the civil rights movement unfolded.

The story is written in the voice of three different characters. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. I learned to love each of these women. 

The main character is a young woman (Skeeter) raised on a cotton plantation with the help of her loving maid, Constantine. Skeeter is a writer so I immediately related to her character.

Abilene is the maid for Skeeter’s best friend Elizabeth. She is sweet and loves the children she cares for. Minny is the feisty maid who has been fired numerous time for mouthing off but is most loved for her cooking.

Both maids are strong women with wisdom and love for the many children they have helped raise.

Skeeter determines to tell the stories of twelve maids and the white women they work for. Some of the stories are of kindness and generosity but most are of prejudice and mistreatment of these caring women.

One character in the book I didn’t particularly care for was Hilly. She was a snooty woman who treated the help with contempt.

One line from the book makes me think of Hilly. “Disgust was saved up special for her.” Boy, I sure didn’t like that woman. The author did a fabulous job in helping me get a bad taste in my mouth every time her name was mentioned.

I hope every reader learns a little bit about loving kindness as they read this book.  And I pray you are nothing like Hilly.

Because I listened to it on audio, the actors voices brought the story to life with the dialect of the south. I sure hope the actors in the movie sound like these voices.

I’m anxious to see if the movie will do the book justice. It is scheduled to release on August 10, 2010. I already entered a drawing for two tickets to the early release showing on August 9, 2010.

I recommend The Help for a great summer read. And I’m sure the movie will be entertaining too.

I hope you read it before the movie releases. Here’s a link for you to check it out at Amazon.

Now that I’ve finished another novel, I’m ready to read a new book. What are you reading this summer? Leave a few suggestions in the comments.

God Bless Your Heart


Road Warrior

I loved Montana so much last week, I’m headed there again this morning (Thursday, July 7, 2011).

I’ve got my bags packed, my Ipod loaded and a couple bottles of sunscreen.

I’ll spend time in Missoula helping my sister Judy recover from surgery. Please pray for her on July 8, 2011.

Then I hope to have some time all to myself at Georgetown Lake to finally finish the edits on Gabe’s book!

I’ll end my time away by myself with a 35th class reunion with my high school friends on the weekend of July 15-17th.

I can’t wait to hang with some of my girlfriends!

Art in the Park watch out….the AHS Class of 76 is in town!

I don’t mind the travel because I listen to awesome praise and worship music and audio books.

This time I’m enjoying the audio book titled, THE HELP.

I highly recommend this novel. Click on the book cover and it will take you to Amazon where you can read more about the book. I will blog a book review next week.

See you under the Big Blue Montana Sky!

God Bless Your Warrior Heart.


In Remembrance

Georgetown Lake 7.2.11

I spent a glorious weekend under the Big Blue Montana Sky.

Georgetown Lake (located about 90 miles south of Missoula, MT) was absolutely beautiful with warm weather, snow capped mountains and loads of family and friends.

We spent Saturday, July 2, 2011 with our California cousins remembering their parents, my aunt and uncle, Jim and Amelia McMahon.

We gathered around the new tombstone in the burial plot where we finally laid their ashes together to rest.

Jim and Amelia were a rare couple who willingly spent quality time with our huge family. They had five of their own yet they welcomed the ten Devine kids.

After the memorial service we went back to the lake. We made more memories on the same boat dock at Eccleston bay where we spent many a summer day catching minnows and frogs.

The new tradition is the Georgetown Lake 4th of July parade where my siblings and nieces and nephews created a Pirates of Georgetown float.

Arrrgghhh Matey.

All in all it was a wonderful way to spend time with family and share the memories of days gone by.  I have to admit, I learned a little about myself on this trip.

I feel another blog coming on as a result of these new revelations. Stay tuned…

Remember to take time to celebrate your loved ones long before you are standing at their graveside.

Carpe Diem!