Review: The Kitchen House

Editorial Review - - 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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User Review  - jenn88 - LibraryThing

Seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned while onboard a ship coming from Ireland. she arrives on the steps of a Virginia tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. This is a really good book! Read full review

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

The Kitchen House takes place on a Virginia tobacco plantation from 1791 through 1810 and is told from the alternating points of view of Lavinia and Belle. Lavinia is an orphaned indentured servant ... Read full review

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User Review  - etxgardener - LibraryThing

Oh dear. Haven't we all read this story before? Poor, orphaned indentured servant in the late 18th Century is taken in as family by the black house servants. In the "big house" there is the kindly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pmaurer - LibraryThing

Interesting story of slavery as viewed through an Irish girl's eyes. She is raised in the slave quarters, but eventually is married to the son of the plantation owner. My interest was maintained throughout the entire tale, despite not liking what was happening to the main character. Read full review

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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

The audio for this was just plain wonderful! Two readers absolutely captured the characters and the flow of the book is incredible---portraying lots of high drama of life in this time period. A brief ... Read full review

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User Review  - BetsyKipnis - LibraryThing

The Antebellum South. Wide open houses, verandas, smokehouses, creeks, slaves, lynchings, laudnam, and loveless marriages. This list covers everything except the complex relationships between ... Read full review

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User Review  - whatonearthfor -

It had a lot of twists and turns in it and was so touching. Read full review


User Review  - Susan H. -

Great book really enjoyed it . Read full review

The Kitchen House

User Review  - akaelsa1 -

This book was not only a very good read but so informative about a time period of life that we will never experience. Read full review

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