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Review & Giveaway – The Help by Kathryn Stockett

 The winner of The Help  was Lindymc! Congratulations!

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The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
444 pages
Fiction
Published February 10, 2009

I’ve had my eye on The Help by Kathryn Stockett for a couple of months now. I don’t remember where I first saw it, only that when I read the premise (two black maids and one white young woman in 1962 Mississippi “…come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.”), I knew I’d love it. Do you ever get that feeling when you read about a book that you’ll just love it? There’s not really any doubt in your mind, and it’s almost like a premonition (even though I don’t believe in those things)? That’s what I felt when I read about The Help.

I know, I know: enough introduction, right? Okay, whatever! I’m getting on with it. Sheesh.

The Help is about three women: Skeeter, who’s 22 and a college graduate; Aibileen, who is middle aged, is a black maid and nannying her 17th white child; and Minny, who is in her late 30s, is Aibileen’s best friend, can’t help but tell people what she really thinks, so even though she’s the best cook in her whole area, she’s just about run out of people who will hire a sassy cook.

This book takes place in 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi, which is right around the time that Martin Luther King, Jr. was giving speeches and the civil rights movement was gaining momentum with desegregation.

Skeeter wants to be a writer, and somehow she gets it into her brain that there should be a book about what it’s like for black women who work for white families: how they’re treated, the bonds that form, and the truth of these relationships. Some stories are heart warming, and some are heart breaking.

But the best characters? Well, that would be Aibileen and Minny. They’re night and day of each other, but oh, the personalities those ladies have! I thought I might be able to turn to one while I was reading and just starting talking to her, they were so real.

Here’s Minny. She’s just gotten another job, and she’s very relieved:

I sit in the sagging seat of the Ford Leroy’s still paying his boss twelve dollars every week for. Relief hits me. I have finally gotten myself a job. I don’t have to move to the North Pole. Won’t Santy Claus be disappointed.

HAHAHAHA!! That passage made me guffaw out loud. Santy Claus? I’m still giggling over that.

The authors descriptions are vivid and often comical. Here, Skeeter is describing her room at her parents’ house:

My childhood bedroom is the top floor of my parents’ house. It has white-frosting chair rails and pink cherubs in the molding. It’s papered in mint green rosebuds. It is actually the attic with long, sloping walls, and I cannot stand straight in many places. The box bay window makes the room look round. After Mother berates me about finding a husband every other day, I have to sleep in a wedding cake.

“I have to sleep in a wedding cake.” Brilliant.

This book is about the book that Skeeter, Aibileen, and Minny write, each of them contributing to it in some way. It is about Skeeter growing and changing as a person at a time and in a place where civil rights were not what the white people wanted. It is about Aibileen and Minny having a method of telling their story and facing down their own demons.

As I was reading this book, I couldn’t stop talking about it. I was telling everyone about it. The bus driver. Co-workers. My husband. People on the street. Book club members. I was giddy with the knowledge that I was reading something wonderful. I loved the friendships, the characters, and the situations. I loved the dialogue. I loved the writing. I loved that each character had a unique narrating voice. I loved that I had the feeling over and over that the author “gets” people, human nature. I loved the various friendships and relationships; some of them good and healthy, some bad and destructive.

I loved it, and I know you will, too.

Rating: 98 out of 100

Check out Kathryn Stockett’s website here.

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For the giveaway! I loved this book so much, that in an effort to support bookstores, I will buy a copy of this book for you. Even better, Kathryn Stockett is coming to Book Passage on March 25th, and I can get your book autographed for you. If you don’t want to wait that long, that’s fine. I’ll send you the book autograph-less.

To enter the contest, answer this question: Have you ever had “help” in your house? Whether it be a maid, housekeeper, nanny, cook, etc. If you do not answer this question, you will not be entered in the contest.

To gain four extra entries, you can either Twitter about this contest, stumble this post, or send an email to five friends, cc’ing me on the email. Make sure you leave a link to anything extra that you do. Good luck!

Contest will be open until February 28th.

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106 Responses to “Review & Giveaway – The Help by Kathryn Stockett”

  1. The Social Frog

    No, I never have had “help”. And I am sure growing up mom would have loved help as there were 9 of us kids. Sometimes it would be nice but then again it is just hubby, me and the two dogs. This book sounds lovely 🙂

  2. Julie P.

    Don’t enter me in the contest, but I wanted to let you know how much I loved this book too! Can’t stop thinking (or raving) about it!

  3. bermudaonion

    Don’t enter me. I can’t wait to read this one – 98 out of 100! All I can say is wow!

  4. madeleine

    Thank-you for the give away 🙂
    My parents had help and nannies for us children as is often the case in France.
    For my part I raised my children myself without help, I always felt very uncomfortable telling someone to clean my house or raise my children, not for me….

  5. Natasha @ Maw Books

    This book sound great, I’d love to be entered. When I was probably about eight or nine by parents became aware of a mother and daughter who had to flee Peru because of something political. Vague on the details. They were struggling and needed somewhere to live temporarily. At that point, my oldest siblings were out of the house and we had a extra bedroom. My parents let them live with us free of room and board in exchange for help with cleaning and cooking. I don’t remember how long they were with us. Probably 6 months to a year. I remember playing Nintendo with the daughter and we beat Super Mario together.

  6. Marta

    I’ve been trying to get my hands on this one!

    We never had help come in…after I got sick I had home health come in then.

    Anyway…

    tbbycatt (@) gmail (dot) com

    http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com

    OH yeah…and I stumbled ya 😉

  7. softdrink

    I wish…I hate cleaning the house, but can’t really justify hiring someone to clean it for me.

    Occasionally, my mom will leave dinner in the fridge. That’s as close as I’ll ever come to haveing a cook.

  8. Riva Laughlin

    I have a cleaning service/housekeeper that comes in once every two weeks. I used to think that having a housekeeper was something to be avoided (what do you mean, you can’t take care of your own house??), but now that my husband is ill and I’m working full-time, it’s a God-send.

    Wonderful review! I really hope I win this book.

    Thanks!
    Riva

  9. debbie

    I’ve had an every other week cleaning lady for several years and I love her so much. She cleans my sons’ toilets. Can you imagine what a saint she is?

  10. lisamm

    I hired a service a couple years ago when I was hosting 5 parties in a 6 week period and having out of town guests to boot, and just couldn’t get a grip on my house and all the stuff I had to do. They came in 3 times- just long enough to stain the travertine in the bathroom and ruin a leather chair, LOL.

    I love when people use the word ‘guffaw’. It makes me happy 🙂

  11. Christa

    We had a maid come once a month to clean the house when I was in high school but she was actually my best friend’s mother and she did that as her job. Meaning she cleaned other houses as well for a living. Other then that I’ve never had help in the house.

  12. Renee G

    We never had help cleaning the house. When the boys were little we had my sister, and later my niece babysit the boys at our house while we worked. Otherwise, it just me and my helpful hubby.

    rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

  13. Carrie K.

    I wish I had help around my house! Though the older the kids get, the more I have them do chores around the house, and that helps some.

    I’ve seen so many great reviews of this – I’d love to win a copy!

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  14. Carrie K.

    I Tweeted this, too- my Twitter ID is booksandmovies.

  15. Meg @ Literary Menagerie

    I had a “nanny” right up until my sister started kindergarten–I would have been about nine. It was like an everyday babysitter, though, she didn’t live with us or anything.

    The book sounds great, and I’ve stumbled the post!

  16. halahblue

    I never had “help” in my house, nor in my parents house. We did go to a babysitter when I was little because both my parents worked.

    (I tweeted this post)

    I’d love to win and continue the book blog love.

    (www.readingssexy.com)

  17. avisannschild

    Please enter me (as long as this is open to Canadians)–I’ve heard only good things about this book!

    I’ve never had help nor did my folks when I was growing up, although I’ve always lived in homes that could have used a little help!

  18. Marg

    As tempting as it is to say that I have only had hindrance in my house, it’s actually not completely true. For a short time I had a uni student friend come and clean for me every couple of weeks. It was so nice to come home after she had been and see that the house was nice and clean. It was hard to go back when she moved further away and therefore not able to come anymore.

  19. Meghan

    No need to enter me, but I loved this book too! I like how you highlighted the funny bits. I missed out on that, but I’m sure I was smiling or laughing throughout most of Minny’s chapters.

    Also, interesting question. My parents never had a maid of any kind and we only had a babysitter twice, so it’s a bit perplexing to get my head round. I’m sure if both parents are working full-time it’s nice though. I have a friend who is in grad school who works as a nanny.

  20. Lindymc

    Growing up my brothers and I had daily and weekly “chores” – a process I repeated with my own children – Never had outside help, and that seems to have been okay. As soon as I read about this book, I added it to my Wish List. Would love to win a copy.

  21. Charlene

    Well, at my house while growing up, my mother had a woman come in once per week to deep clean. This happened once we three kids were all in school and mom got a job – for adult conversation, she says. All my life, my grandmother had two helpers, Belle and Daisy. One cooked and the other cleaned and both were black. I saw them twice a year when I visited my grandparents.

    The story line of The Help is intriguing. Belle and Daisy were about 20 years apart in age, but I don’t remember either of them having particularly strong personalities. And though this was during the ’70s, my grandmother firmly believed that you did not mingle with the servants 🙂

    Today, being self-employed, one goal I have is to hire a person to come in once a week for a good cleaning. Back to the telephone – two more projects and I should be able to get someone!

  22. Gwendolyn B.

    I tried to get an ARC of this book, but there weren’t enough to go around, so, yes, yes, please enter me!
    We’ve never had any hired help at our house, however, one of my sisters has been known to BE the hired help!
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  23. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog

    Never had any household help…I don’t like the idea of it. I mean, I feel weird that the grocery store I frequent insists on pushing your cart to your car for you.

  24. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog

    And I stumbled you!

  25. Heather J.

    I’ve never had “help” but I’ve wanted it for a LONG time. I even had maid service priced out, but I just can’t afford it right now. However, I did house sit for my aunt in CA once and she does have maid service. Let me tell you – it was ODD to be sitting on the couch watching tv and folding laundry while the maid was cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms …

  26. Michelle

    I would love to be entered into the drawing. Growing up, we never hired any help. My mother, bless her heart, did it all! And with seven kids. She is my hero. When I was pregnant it was all I could do to just get the kitchen cleaned!

  27. Ashley

    Ha! I’ve never had hired help at our house. I am the hired help! I would one day love to have the luxury of a maid service to clean the areas of the house I don’t want to (ie the bathroom, dusting, etc).

    Btw, I have twittered about this contest…you can find me here: http://twitter.com/foreverreading

  28. Jessica

    Trish, no need to enter me in the contest; I have a copy! I just wanted to add my review link:
    http://thebluestockings.com/2008/12/the-help/

  29. Kristi

    I have a cleaning lady that comes every other week – She is a total God-send and I really look forward to those evenings after she has been here!

    Would love to read this book!

    kherbrand(at)comcast(dot)net

  30. Marie

    I really wish I could afford some help, especially with my being so sick right now. But no, we’ve never had any help in the past. The book sounds wonderful!!

    vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

  31. Jo-Jo

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I did have a little bit of help when my kids were younger. After school I didn’t want them to be home alone so my husband’s aunt used to babysit. It so happens that she also loved to cook and clean so she did that too. Oh how I miss those days!

  32. mindy

    i never did but as a child mom did thanks for the giveaway

  33. cheryl k

    I’ve never had help but I’m actually named after the “nanny” that helped my mom and watched me as a baby.

  34. Michele

    After that review, how can I not want to read this book? Sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Cathy W.

    I’ve never had help with anything, although as I get older it is a lovely thought. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the opportunity to win an autographed copy!!

  36. Cathy W.

    Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/taterbugtx

  37. Christina Brunetti

    I have never had help in my house, but after I moved away, my mother hired a maid.

    Thanks,

  38. MJ

    As a child, I did. My Mom had a housekeeper once a week.

  39. MJ

    I tweeted! http://twitter.com/sumrthyme/status/1207825651

    mj.coward[at]gmail.com

  40. melanie

    We have a cleaning lady every other week and when our budget get slashed, she stays! Been with us for 10 years 🙂 Can’t live without her….
    Would love to read this one!

  41. Estela S

    Oh! I’d love a chance to win! Thanks!!

  42. Megan

    We’ve never had “help,” unless you include my grandmother’s assistance in corralling my sister, cousins and I “help” after school! And in most cases, I would! We were always at her house, though. At my own home, it was always Mom and Dad keeping things under control.

    I’d love to win — thanks for the chance!

    Megan — writing.meg [at] gmail.com

  43. S. Krishna

    Don’t enter me, but thanks for the great review!

  44. Heather

    Yay, count me in!

    And no, I have never had any kind of help in my home… was too poor as a kid, wouldn’t want to pay for it as an adult. 🙂

    Although I do detest cleaning, so maybe once I start popping out some babies I’ll rethink that decision…

  45. Becky

    I never had, buy my grandpa did, a house cleaner. She was more of a family friend, and when he passed away and my mom moved into his home, she kept her on. Recently, she has had to let her go due to the economy. They still keep in though. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com

  46. Jen Forbus

    The only help I get in my house is help making a mess . My cats are GREAT at making a mess of anything they can get their grimy little paws on; the dogs are great at tracking in dirt. However, neither species seems very willing to help clean it up! 😉

    No human help, though. Gosh, what a wonderful thing that would be!

  47. kim v

    Yes I used to have a cleaning lady. I loved her and miss her, but money is tighter now.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

  48. Alyce

    No need to enter me. I just wanted to stop by and say that I loved your review. I thought this book was wonderful too!

  49. anne

    I used to have a cleaning woman every 3 weeks. Now any more though. Thanks for this giveaway.

  50. Kathy D

    Great review thank you for the contest

  51. Memory

    Do you ever get that feeling when you read about a book that you’ll just love it?

    I’ve gotten that feeling from every review I’ve read for THE HELP. This sounds like a wonderful book.

    When I was in high school, my mother underwent some difficult surgery and ended up hiring a once-a-week maid. I didn’t have much contact with her until I was in university and had a lot more home time. I wasn’t sure how to act around her at first, but we became friends. She was really nice, and could she ever clean quickly!

  52. Amber S.

    Sounds like a good book! I’ve never had any “help”. Growing up, my grandma did everything around the house. Now, I do everything myself.

  53. Jo

    When I was a kid, a friend of my mom’s came after school to take care of us and clean — or rather, to make us clean. She was so picky about making things look really nice that the phrase “Beverly Clean” became common usage in my house.

  54. Cindi

    Hello! You definitely have me keyed up about this book.
    I have never experienced help in my home growing up or with my family now. Our families all help each other out.
    Please enter me in your fabulous book giveaway drawing.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  55. Karen Haney

    We had a lady that came once a week when my mom was working and I was little kid in school and then later on we had help in my house but she was more like family and we still keep in touch and she is at all our family celebrations like weddings, etc.

    I’d love to win this book. I will twitter about your contest and TRY really hard to leave a link since this is pretty new to me..wish me luck! Thanks!

  56. Meg Clayton

    No need to add me to the drawing as I already have this one. I’m moving it to the top of my TBR.

    🙂

  57. Melanie

    Never had “help”, and can’t imagine that I ever will. I’ve been seeing this book pop up lots of places and I’m very inerested in reading it. Thanks for having a give away.

  58. Teddy

    No need to enter me Trish. I blogged about your giveaway here:

    http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/02/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_14.html

  59. amandasue

    No I never had help in my home, although I have worked as the “help” being a house manger and nanny (which I currently do) Thanks for entering me!

  60. Anita Yancey

    No, I’ve never had help in my house. Although sometimes I wish I did. I liked the review very much, and would enjoy reading the book. Please enter me, and thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  61. gentle reader

    This book sounds great! I’d love to be entered in the contest, so here’s my answer: Yes.

    Okay, I’ll elaborate a little. We never had help in my house when I was growing up. Now I have help, and lots of it. I have someone who comes in and cleans my house, and I have a nanny who helps me take care of my kids. Thank goodness, and I really appreciate it.

  62. Bcteagirl

    I have never had help around here, but I sure could use it! Organizing my books alone onto shelves vs. random piles on the floor could take a while…

  63. blodeuedd

    If it’s open internationally then I am in 🙂 Oh and a autograph in the book would eb awesome, worth the wait.

    As for the qestion, no, mever had any help in the house. My mum dealt with it all, as for my own flat, would like to have someone clean that lol

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  65. Sheri S.

    I’d love to be entered to win “The Help” – I’ve heard great things about it!

    We used to have a cleaning lady who would also babysit me and my siblings when I was younger. She was really sweet and practically became an honorary family member.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  66. Carey

    Oh how I wish I could afford to have some help! Especially for yard work. Spring is coming and I HATE yardwork. UGH. So the answer is, nope, never had any outside help. Oft wished for, though.

    I’ve been seeing this book around and would love to read it. What a great review, Trish!

  67. Carey

    I Tweeted!

  68. bookroomreviews

    I felt same way! I hope we can help get this book noticed, it is SO great! Thanks for the link:)

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  70. Carrie K

    Although i often wish for it ive never lived with “professional” help! My grama lived close and often came to “help” my mom but i dont know if that counts. In her opinion it probably does since she did alot of cleaning up after me…lol

    the book sounds great and is already on my list!

  71. Stacie

    No I have never had any hired help in my house. I wish I could though!

  72. Marie

    I’d love to read this book.

    My mother didn’t have any help when my siblings and I were children. She did it all. I hate housework and would love to have a cleaning lady now, but I’d feel guilty about someone else cleaning up after me when I’m able to do it myself. I’d never have a cook. I love to cook.

  73. Tisa

    Never had any paid help although my mom has came over when I had my children to help with cooking and cleaning. ~ 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  74. mangomissives

    Growing up we never had any help. Now as an adult, we have a cleaning woman come in about once a month to do the fine detailed cleaning.

    My husband grew up overseas and had live in help including a maid, a cook, and a gardener. Explains why he can act like a spoiled brat sometimes. 😉

  75. BevE

    Well, definitely not paid help, unless you count repairmen. My husband helps when he can but you know men – they ‘work’. And when their done with their ‘work’ they want to relax or spend time with a hobby or whatever. Women ‘work’ and then they come home and ‘work’ again – after 30+ years of marriage it hasn’t changed. Not that I’m complaining ; D

  76. Wanda

    We never had any paid help, my mom was a clean freak!!
    We did have the occasional babysitter but trust me, all they had to do was play with, read to and tuck in me and my three sisters. My mother wouldn’t think of leaving the house in any other way but spotless!

    Great review, I’m certain I would enjoy this book too!

    I’ve blogged about this giveaway here: http://aseasontoread.blogspot.com/2009/02/who-would-like-to-win-book.html

    wanda_waiting(at)hotmail(dot)com

  77. Kim L

    Enter me, enter me! I have never had help at the house. Too cheap!

  78. Karen in TN

    Yes, I’ve had someone in to clean the house in the past – often it works out, but sometimes it does not.

  79. Valorie

    We never had any help in my home growing up, unless you count family members coming every once in a while to help out. No one was ever hired to do anything. I grew up rather poor and we couldn’t afford that sort of thing.

    I gave this contest and post a Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/status/1225750081

    This book sounds amazing. I’m a sucker for 1960s America. I LOOOOOVE it.

    Valorie
    morbidromantic@gmail.com

  80. Lexi

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this.
    When I was a child, I had au pairs, but they very much were part of the family. Mostly nordic girls taking a gap year before college, who wanted to see America. They pretty much tanned and took me and my friends swimming or to the mall, and tried to teach me Swedish (or Finnish or Norwegian!)

  81. Deborah R

    I had a housekeeper when I was juggling (single) motherhood and a career – I don’t think I’d have been as good a mom if I had to try to do all the work by myself, and I wasn’t willing to give up time doing activities with my son.

    Now my son’s grown up and I’m “retired” but I still wish I had a housekeeper, since cleaning is boring!

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  83. DichotomousNature

    I have had people come in and clean but not live in help or even daily. Just someone who came in once or twice a week to do the overall cleaning. I can’t wait to read this book but if I win, then I’ll definitely want to wait for the book signing!

  84. Felicia

    I didn’t have help growing up but my grandmother was “the help”. She had 9 kids of her own but raised 2 more. She worked for a dentist and his wife for over 20 years; she’s been retired for some time. I know they didn’t look at her as the help, she was a part of their family. Madear, my granny, is still in touch with the family. The kids still come to see her when they come home and she speaks with her former employers at least once a month. I can still remember going to work with her when I came down south.

  85. Tarasview

    no, I’ve never had help in our house- not while I was growing up and not now that I have kids! I WISH I had a nanny or a housekeeper though… that would be divine!

  86. Jenn

    I’ve never had any help around the house. Mother and Mother in law visits are the closest! I’m trying to instill in my sons the need to clean up after themselves, etc. Try to mold them into good husbands 🙂

  87. Rita

    Oh how I wish !!!!! Have never had hired help …. wish we had it now since both if us deal with health issues. Hubby would say yes in a heart beat if the budget allowed ….. had an opportunity to hire someone many many years ago when I lived in Spain .. what an idiot I was to turn it down !

    Pleease enter me in the drawing for The Help … It rises higher up on the TBR list everytime I read a review. I would most definitely wait for an autographed copy !!!!!

    Rita

  88. Valerie M

    i definitely need help – all the help I get is help making bigger messes 😉

  89. Darby Lohrding

    I have never had “Help” in the house, either my house nor the house I grew up in….yet boy I sure would like to have help in this house now!!!
    Thanks so much,
    Darby
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  90. bridget3420

    I’ve never had “help” around the house.

    bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

  91. nhertel85

    I’ve never had hired help. Sometimes I’d like to though…

    nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

  92. Sharon Walling

    When both of my parents worked and I was in school, we had someone come in & clean the house once a week.

    I would love to win this book.

    sharon54220@gmail.com

  93. Indigo

    Did I ever have “Help” in my home growing up? (Chuckles) we were just above the proverty line and my mother’s idea of help was to have numerous children to take care of everything. Being the oldest, I think I was more so here maid and nanny than any of my other siblings.

    Thanks for the opportunity dear friend to enter for this book! (Hugs)Indigo

  94. Amy

    Growing up, my “help” was my mom, who was a stay at home mom.

    I would love to have help now, but my husband does not want to pay someone to do something that he can do himself…ha!

  95. Jodi

    I have never ever had “help” in my house. I would love to have it now though! I can’t even get my kids to do much of anything!

  96. Dina

    Never had hired help but get hubby and kids to pitch in.

  97. Melissa

    I just added this book to my long wish list after reading your review! I’d love to win a copy.

    I’ve never had hired help, but there are times I wish I did. Then I feel guilty because it’s not like our house is huge, but keeping things up can just be so tedious!

    Thanks for the review 🙂

  98. belleofthebooks

    I’ve come so close to picking up this book so many times. After reading your review, I know I won’t be able to pass it up again!
    My mom has a cleaning woman come once every few weeks to clean our house and I’ve always been somewhat uncomfortable with it. I was raised to want to pitch in whenever there were other people working, so I’m always tempted to just grab a rag and help out. When I don’t I feel like a lazy, over-privileged brat who can’t do her own cleaning… which is strange because I promise it’s not the case. I guess I just feel guilty!

  99. Tracey

    Just once. Had just got out of hospital. House was a mess. Hired a cleaning service. Was worth every penny.Tracey

  100. Francesca (Scribacchina)

    Never heard of this book before, but you make it sound wonderful. Plus, I’ve just finished The Secret Life of Bees, which left me wanting to stay in the same setting… If you accept international entries I’m in (and, oh, I’ve never owned an autographed book!)
    As for your question, I’ve never had “help”… until now, that is. I’ve just moved to a new apartment, and the people who live here have a cleaning lady coming every week. I hate it 🙁

  101. Joanna

    We have a cleaning lady come once a week. It’s common where I live and I must say that I love it. We’re both so busy with all sorts of activities that if we didn’t have her we’d probably kill each other over who has to do the cleaning! 🙂 I realise I’m very lucky and I appreciate it!

    I’d love to win this book so count me in, if international entries are allowed!

    I also blogged about your contest here

  102. diaryofaneccentric

    I’ve never had professional help in the home, though I’d love it. I ask my husband every Mother’s Day to hire a cleaning service for a good deep clean. That would be the perfect gift. Still haven’t had one though. 🙁

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    –Anna
    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

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    I’ve never had “outside” help in the house. I must admit, my husband is very good about helping with the dishes every night after dinner. If I could just get him to pick up the vacuum….
    Thanks for the review and giveaway. This sounds like a book I’d love to read.

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