Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Book in Review: The Kitchen House

3 out of 5 stars, I liked it

I recently finished reading a book called 'The Kitchen House' by Kathleen Grissom.  My good friend Josette recommended it to me.  At first I was drawn to it, but then I had a dry spell and I found myself not interested in it.  However, on Christmas Eve and Christmas day I pushed forth and finished the book.  There were some good plot turns here and there, but I must say that I was extremely unhappy with the way the book ended.

I had planned out so many ways for the story to go and they just didn't happen.  Ha ha.  I guess I should have written it myself if I wanted that outcome.  If you want a quick read with a different angle:  White Irish immigrant lives/ works with slaves on a plantation, then pick this book up.

Here is the synopsis on the back of the book:

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.
The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

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