Castles of the Heart  -     By: Hale Meserow
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Carpenters Son Publishing / 2014 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Carpenters Son Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.00 (inches)
ISBN: 194026202X
ISBN-13: 9781940262024

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  1. Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Castles of the Heart
    June 16, 2014
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The cover designer did Hale Meserow, the author of this exquisitely written story no favors. Because of this cover, I kept placing the book at the bottom of my "to be read" pile. What a treasure I'd been missing! I assumed from the cover that this was an "old south, Ku Klux Klan" type of story and that it would be teary beyond belief.

    To quote the back cover blurb, "A Love story, a tale of immense personal courage, a gritty fight against entrenched racism, and a life lived in God's care, all set in the beautiful back country of western North Carolina and the frenetic bustle of New York City_. ‘Castles of the Heart' relates the life of Starlight O'Bannion, a bright girl growing up in the heart of the South in the years leading up to World War II. In the face of virulent redneck oppression Negroes, Starlight's treasured companions are a black family living in the nearby forest." What would you think?

    Just goes to show you that covers are not necessarily the way to judge a book. I was given a copy of this book by Carpenter's Son Publishing to review and must admit I was feeling guilty about not reading it, especially when "nudged" a couple of times by the publicist. I dreaded reading another Southern white-black story. Was I wrong!

    Star O'Bannion did grow up in the South and her mama made ‘shine' to support them. They barely got by, but Mama came from good Boston stock and valued education. Star was very bright and skipped several grades due to her mama's tutelage when she was younger. She entered the University of North Carolina at not quite-sixteen and had a brilliant career there. She apprenticed to an attorney to earn money for her tuition. He was so impressed he asked her to get her law degree and come into the firm. That was the start of a career that would jump from North Carolina, to New York, to North Carolina with plenty of romance and adventure in between. I can promise you you will love every word - a book well worth buying and keeping to read again.
  2. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting book about overcoming trials
    June 15, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Castles of the Heart

    By Hale Meserow

    Starlight Evelyn O'Bannion hasn't let her southern upbringing cloud her quest to find justice in the court of law. Star is a woman who is working to create a life for herself and her daughter in the 1940's as a lawyer when an old family friend reaches out for her help. His grandson a teenager of color has been accused of the murder of a well-known white woman. And in the south this is a death sentence without a trial even needing to be necessary.

    But Star has to cut through deep seeded prejudices and get to the truth. To her the evidence against Samson is obviously fabricated. And in her opinion the true murder/thief is behind these accusations. But can she prove before a jury?

    This was an interesting and attention grabbing story that will hold yours as well. Star is an intriguing character whom I'd like to see in a follow-up book at some future date.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher through TBCN/BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book!
    April 24, 2014
    AnitaC
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I started out, but a few chapters in it started to grab my attention. Starlight is brilliant child who excels in school. She goes to college and law school and becomes a New York City corporate attorney at 18. Then her dear friend from home in the backwoods of North Carolina asks her to come home to defend his grandson in a murder trial. This books shows some of the racial bigotry that was so wide-spread during the time period. The book held my attention until this end, in fact, I was anxious to pick back up whenever I had to put the book down.

    I was given this book by bookfun.org for review purposes.
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling Life Story!
    March 19, 2014
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Castles of the Heart" is the life story of Starlight O'Bannion, the details of her early years and the accomplishments she attained throughout her life. Born to an Irish immigrant and former Boston debutante, Starlight spent her childhood years living in a log cabin in the backwoods of North Carolina. Her best friends were the Hopkins family, a Negro family who remained sequestered in the woods due to active Ku Klux Klan activity. A brilliant child, Star excelled at a very rapid pace, graduating from college at the age of 18, and entering law school during the time prior to World War II.

    Star attained prominence as a New York City attorney and married the love of her life. Although exciting, fulfilling and rewarding, her life was not without adversity. Called home to North Carolina to legally represent her neighbor's grandson in a racist, false accusation and arrest for murder, Star's whole existence was challenged. A specialist in corporate law she had no experience representing someone in a courtroom murder trial. This life-changing event began the journey toward her destiny.

    Hale Meserow is a new author to me, and I must say I was very impressed with the intensity of "Castles of the Heart." There is richness in detail and a depth of character that transcended my expectations. The story of Star's life began in an unhurried manner, but the pace quickened to include chapters of unexpected developments that left me captivated, not wanting to put the book down! Descriptive, compelling, and driven, this story of the influence of one woman in the early 1940s is masterfully told! Mr. Meserow has obviously done an outstanding amount of research into the subject matter to have produced this immensely successful novel. I highly recommend "Castles of the Heart!"

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Book Fun through the For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Perspective
    February 25, 2014
    calliegh
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book while slow in the beginning does hold ones attention.

    Starlight O'Bannion is raised by a mother who makes moonshine in a time of "prohibition". She befriends a black family in the backwoods of North Carolina where she grows up. This was not a normal friendship for these times. She loves to learn and soon finds herself with an amazing offer.

    We follow Star on her journey to becoming a prestigious attorney, a wife and a mother.

    But when she is asked to take on the trial of her good friends son, Star must decide is she will defend the young black man who faces certain death if convicted or will she stay in her New York lawfirm and not take the chance. With the trial being set during a time of political upheaval, the case may prove to be to much for the attorney with very little criminal experience. What is more important to Star?

    This book covers political and cultural differences in a time when not everyone was considered equal. It makes one wonder how they would react if they were in this same situation during this same time.

    I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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