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THE KITCHEN HOUSE

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Irish orphan finds a new family among slaves in Grissom's pulse-quickening debut.Lavinia is only six in 1791, when her parents die aboard ship and the captain, James Pyke, brings her to work as an indentured servant at Tall Oaks, his Virginia plantation. Pyke's illegitimate daughter Belle, chief cook (and alternate narrator with Lavinia), takes reluctant charge of the little white girl. Belle and ... Read full review

Review: The Kitchen House

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Christine M

Author Kathleen Grissom brings us a gripping tale of the South during the days of slavery. The story is told from two different perspectives: Belle, the mulatto daughter of plantation owner Captain Pyke, and Lavinia, a white girl from Ireland who is sent to work in the “kitchen house” with Belle and other “nigras.” Belle, whose mother was a slave, was born on the plantation. Lavinia is an ... Read full review

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Review: The Kitchen House

User Review  - Kelly Wong - Goodreads

I read it though because it was gripping enough to want to know what happened to the characters but the characters seems to fall into convenient stereotypes and it wrapped up too cleanly for my liking. Also, if I had to read the word "eager" one more time... Read full review

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User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

Ho hum. This should make a good movie script for the Lifetime Network. The banal dialogue is all ready done. This could have been a great book. I blame the publisher's editor for falling down on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - RsvpShindig - Goodreads

I loved this book. I found the perspective of what it was truly like to live in a plantation out in the country as such pure loneliness. It wasn't all magnolia trees, pretty set tables and social ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alijayne - Goodreads

I have no idea how I missed this book when it came out, but it is a must-read. It was absolutely fantastic, and I couldn't put it down. Read full review

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User Review  - Teresa Raetz - Goodreads

As many other reviewers have pointed out, this book is a major pot-boiler and was a bit too melodramatic for my taste. I found it to be depressing. Any story that involves slavery is not going to be a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karan - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book - particularly after I read the author's remarks on how the story came about. Some of the story was violent and disturbing, but more than likely a real reflection of life in slavery. Read full review

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User Review  - Leslie Fitzpatrick - Goodreads

The twisted "family" dynamics in this book kept me turning pages. At first the change in perspectives was confusing but once I learned the characters it was interesting. This book reminded me of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tricia Cavanaugh - Goodreads

Irish orphan Lavinia works as an indentured servant in the kitchenhouse with Belle the masters illegitimate slave daughter. She marries the masters son, attempting - yet failing-to be both mistress ... Read full review

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