The Kitchen House

The Kitchen House

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When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

Title:The Kitchen House
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781439153666
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    The Kitchen House Reviews

  • Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    Kathleen Grissom had the raw materials for a rich and powerful historical novel. Her writing is good, if a little drawn out at times. She has an interesting angle with the orphaned Irish immigrant gir...

  • ? Marlene?

    I had sorted this book as literature on my shelf well it is definitely not literature but more cheap sensational stuff based on stereotypes.While reading this book this is what I wrote:"I am not likin...

  • Norma

    Absolutely wonderful narration!  This was definitely a winner for me because of its awesome narrators who made this such an entertaining and enjoyable read!  I must say this is the first audiobook t...

  • Marleen

    What an amazing book! It deserves more than 5 stars. Truly, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up until the early hours of the morning because I had to finish this story. It’s been ages since I have...

  • Pamela Huxtable

    If books can be compared to movies, this is a Lifetime movie. Tragedy after tragedy occurs; we have unaknowledged illegitimate biracial children, sexual abuse of children,rape, sexual assault, drug us...

  • Dem

    What wonderful escapism this novel was and a reminder what great joy books bring to readers now more than ever. image: When seven-year-old Irish orphan Lavinia is transported to Virginia to work in ...

  • Gloria ~ mzglorybe

    An amazing first novel! I rarely hand out 5 stars for a debut novel but this one certainly deserves it. Author Kathleen Grissom's debut novel about slavery in the South in the late 1700's, early 1800'...

  • Jaline

    From the Author’s notes: The only time the work came to a standstill was when the characters took me to an event or a place where I had not yet done my research. I tried on a number of occasions to ...

  • Cathrine

    I really debated what rating to give this book. In terms of keeping me turning the pages, it was riveting, and I had a hard time putting it down. The story of Lavinia, the young Irish orphan who was r...

  • Nicole

    this book was okay, it was interesting but also too depressing or at least trying to be. I liked the overall story but it didn't mean anything to me. I honestly just expected people to die at any give...