Book Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom


I won this book in a giveaway from If You Give A Blogger A Book… Club. I am using this book for the Women Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, and 52 Books in 52 Weeks.

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. I was ready to totally not like this book. I had never heard of it, I haven’t had the best luck with book club picks lately, and I’m not a big fan of books about slavery. It was a little slow going at first, but I finished the last half of the book in one sitting. A really unique book as it features an indentured servant as its main character, who is torn between two worlds. The only thing that bothered me about the book was *SPOILER ALERT* how no one ever told Lavinia that Marshall was Jamie’s father before she married him! But I guess it made for a better story that way.

5 stars



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