The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

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The Kitchen House Read Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 1439153663
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 369 pages


Jeanette rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 07, 2011

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 girl put to work among the slaves. So why did it fall short? I think Grissom slipped too easily into...

♥ Marlene♥ rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 30, 2016

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 liking this book. It feels like the books I read when I was a teen and had nothing good to read. It is...

Norma rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2017

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 that I have thoroughly enjoyed and was captivated from start to finish. THE KITCHEN HOUSE by KATHLEEN...

Marleen rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2016

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 been that engrossed in a book, or that affected by a story for that matter. There aren’t words to de...

Gloria rated it ★★★★★

October 15, 2012

An amazing first novel! Author Kathleen Grissom's debut novel about slavery in the South in the late 1700's, early 1800's is one of the best out this year. This thought-provoking look at life on a tobacco plantation in that era both shocks us and draws us into the souls of these compelling charact...

Pamela rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 14, 2012

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 use. And the author also puts in the particular tragedies of pre-Civil War Virginia, including abus...

Jaline rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

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 change some of the events (those that I found profoundly disturbing), but the story would stop when...

PorshaJo rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

Stories set in the South during the time of slavery are always a difficult read. The Kitchen House is no exception. However, the story told here is not all tragedy. There is also hope, friendship, and love in this story. The Kitchen House is told from two points of view. Lavinia, a young Irish gir...

Florence (Lefty) rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 18, 2014

I should have loved this; 1st novel, Canadian author, great reviews, southern historical fiction, I was stoked. Maybe that was my problem; overly high expectations the kiss of death. I'll attempt to explain why I rated it so low: • Boring protagonist; weepy, passive women just irritate me now. I u...

Chrissie rated it ★★★★☆

October 28, 2016

NO SPOILERS!!! On completion: Four stars! I know I really liked the book, but why, and what is it that prevents me from giving it five stars? You keep turning the pages, I kept wondering what is going to happen next? Yes, a lot does happen, and sometimes it does feel a bit melodramatic given all t...

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