Clothed with Grace: The Invention of Wings

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Invention of Wings

It's been a while since I've done a book review on here, and honestly, getting back in the grove of things at school has made reading take a backseat to my other priorities.  Today I have a pretty good book to share with you all though. I just finished The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I had read The Secret Life of Bees, which is one of my favorite books of all time, so I was excited to read this one too.

This story follows the lives of two girls: Handful "Hetty," a slave in 19th century Charleston and Sarah the daughter of Handful's wealthy"owners." It is a story unlike one I have read before, and follows the girls during different stages in their lives. They have a friendship of sorts, but how close can a slave and a wealthy while girl be?

We see their relationship begin in early adolescence, when Handful's mom makes Sarah promise to free Handful one day- a promise Sarah isn't sure she'll be able to keep.

The story then follows the girls into their late teens as Handful has to deal with tragedy that strikes and Sarah seeks love, but it may not be what it seems.

Next we see the girls into adulthood, where Handful might have a love interest of her own, as well as an interest in helping prepare for a slave uprising, and Sarah begins to think about becoming a Quaker.

Lastly we see these girls- now fully women having to deal with both the responsibilities  and tragedies that come their way. Will Sarah be able to keep that promise she made to Handful's mom so many years ago. You'll have to read The Invention of Wings to find out!


  1. This sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  2. My boss is reading this right now! I can't wait to get my hands on it once she's done :)
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  3. This sounds like a book my mom would love! I'm going to have to tell her to read it :)

  4. This book sounds so good. I like books that tell 2-3 stories at a time of 2-3 different characters. I might pick this up at the library. =)

  5. I just finished reading this book a few weeks ago and loved it! I really enjoyed the history behind the story. I highly recommend this book.