The Girl with the Hazel Eyes

The Girl with the Hazel Eyes

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One of Oprah Magazine's 16 Caribbean Books to add to your Reading List.

A beautifully written coming-of-age tale that examines the bonds of womanhood, feminism and pre-independence life on a small island.

Almost fifty years after Susan Taylor was exiled from Barbados for her famous whistle-blowing novel, 'The Unspeakable Truth', she contacts a young writer to pen her biography. Susan is crotchety and unpleasant but Lia Davis is broke so she has no choice but to stay and write Susan's biography.

As Lia starts to unravel the reclusive author's life, she realizes that some things just don't add up. Susan has been hiding a massive secret for decades and Lia is determined to find out what it is. The Girl with the Hazel Eyes is an endearing novel that tugs at your heart with its examination of love, lies, and loyalty.

Reader reviews:

"I just finished this book and I'm quivering in emotion and drenched in tears. To say I found it to be a magnificent masterpiece is an understatement."

"Historical fiction filled with suspense that has you turning the pages and romance to break your heart."

"There aren't many authors that have weaved amazing, colourful fiction around the events of history as well as this one. It was truly seamless."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 372g
  • English
  • 1072500477
  • 9781072500476
  • 2,521,418

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"From the minute the book started I was hooked and wanted to know how the story was going to develop. The characters were rich and interesting and I found myself arguing with some of them. For me, I know a book is good when I am talking to the characters like they are real people!"

"Back in June, during #ReadCaribbean event on Instagram, I saw this gorgeous book start popping up on my feed and immediately put it on my TBR. The Girl With Hazel Eyes by Callie Browning was originally released on Kindle (I am a bad at reading things on a screen), but I heard the paperback would be coming so held out for it. I was not disappointed!

I absolutely fell in love with the story of Lia, leaving her home in Barbados, to go to the US and write the biography of the reclusive whistleblower, Susan. Fifty years before, Susan wrote a book which uncovered 'The Unspeakable Truth' in the lead up to Barbados' independence. Susan's life pulls you in from the start and is utterly fascinating. She is such a strong and beautifully written character. Susan's family and Kenneth are also such special pieces to the story.

The chapters alternate between Susan's past and the present day which focuses more on Lia. Lia had never left Barbados before, but the chance of a lifetime coupled with the end of her relationship gives her the perfect motivation. I loved the back and forth between Susan and Lia and often found myself reading with a smile on my face. Watching their friendship grow was such a treat. Ancil was a great supporting character as well. This story seems quite straightforward when you begin but there is so much more than meets the eye. Definitely a book I will revisit again and again to be with all these people I now cherish."

"I absolutely loved this book! Callie Browning's writing will transport you to Barbados in the 1950's-60's and have smelling the good cooking and the way of life on the island. Susan's story- from her friendships to her relationship with her mother to coming into womanhood- is one so many can relate to. Historical fiction filled with suspense that has you turning the pages and romance to break your heart.... if you loved When We Left Cuba or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, this one is for you. Plus an Own Voices writer whose writing let's you feel like you are there in Barabados! Can't wait to read her next book!"
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4 42% (193)
3 24% (111)
2 3% (13)
1 1% (3)
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