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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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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

The book opens in the 1790s with the Captain returning from a long voyage overseas to his tobacco plantation in Virginia with an eight-year-old girl, Lavinia, in tow. Her parents were indentured to ... Read full review

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User Review  - bereanna - LibraryThing

Set on a VA plantation in the late 1700’s and told by two narrators, a white. Indentured orphan and a black woman slave, we develop empathy for both against the “debil” son and overseer. I read small ... Read full review

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User Review  - ilive2read - LibraryThing

A page-turner from start to finish. Well-written and well-researched to make the story seem possible and realistic while more interesting than an actual history. I recommend this book. Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

When a white servant girl violates the rules of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the best and the worst traits of the people she has come to call her family. In 1791, Lavinia ... Read full review

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User Review  - KarenHerndon - LibraryThing

Loved this book. Wonderful historical fiction with great characters, great story line and very well written. Didn't put it down unless absolutely had to! 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  - CindaMac - LibraryThing

A Captivating Story The Kitchen House has so many good reviews I had to pick it up. It is easy to read and there is no shortage of well developed characters. The writing, however left something to be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rascalstar - LibraryThing

A gripping read that is also a representative slice of American history. Lavinia is a white Irish girl who becomes a slave on a plantation through unfortunate circumstances. She's absorbed lovingly ... Read full review

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

An absorbing story about an Irish indentured servant working on a slave-owners plantation. I loved the first section, then was less engaged in the last parts. Characters, however, were pretty well-drawn and the details of pre-Civil War life were interesting. Read full review

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