The Kitchen House

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Cengage Gale, 2012 - Fiction - 625 pages
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Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master's troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, 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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It is well researched and well written. - LibraryThing
The ending was abrupt. - LibraryThing
Kudos to Grissom for writing such a balanced character. - LibraryThing
There is definite plot manipulation. - LibraryThing
This book is rich in detail and moves at a fast pace. - LibraryThing
The only weakness I felt was the ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Julia Jackson - Goodreads

I am at a loss to understand the positive reviews this book has received. Although I was intrigued by the book's premise--an orphaned Irish child being taken in and raised by slaves in 1700's Virginia ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle Marble halling - Goodreads

IT's good but will not leave you feeling happy after reading it. It is very violent and graphic (slaves) It is a great human rights story Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom is now happily rooted in south-side Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. "The Kitchen House" is her first novel. You can visit her website at

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