Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This wasn’t my first date with Sue Monk Kidd. We were introduced long ago, at a time I was completely unable to put my emotions into words; an emotional Fort Knox. I read The Secret Life of Bees and fell in love with it and her (and Lily). Her character development in The Secret Life of Bees was eye opening and frankly life changing for me.

My amazing sister in law recommended The Invention of Wings to me, and so I took it to the beach to read. I loved it. Not as much as The Secret Life of Bees (It’s like a first child versus second child love). If you are reading it for the character development and depth of Secret Life of Bees, you will be disappointed. If you are reading it for the rich historic story line, and that fuzzy feeling you get from a happy ending, it’s a must read for you.

The depth of even the main characters weren’t always evident, but they were still strong. Two alternating perspectives of life in Charleston throughout the toughest years of slavery, told by a slave (Handful) and a slave owner (Sarah). It’s a tale of how complicated friendships can be just as much as it is about slavery and women rights. Two main characters to fall in love with and root for, all while getting a glimpse into the 1800”s without picking up a history book.

Favorite Quote from the Book: “You got to figure out which end of the needle you’re gon be, the one that’s fastened to the thread or the end that pierces the cloth.” Charlotte.

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

    1. You should! I think you would really enjoy it! It has an underlying theme of acceptance of others, and doing the right thing, no matter what the cost. Very brave characters!

      1. I bought it today. Of course I’m reading a million books right now. Happy at work. The Doverkeepers. A map of the world. One day I will get to it!

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