The Kitchen House
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 2nd 2010
Pages no: 369
Edition language: English
This book was engaging from start to finish. I listened to the audiobook. I'm fairly new to the audiobook world but this has been the best narration that I have heard thus far!. The novel is not the typical slave novel; it actually focuses on a little Irish indentured servant and her struggle to fin...
Review coming soon...I have to gather my thoughts.
The day I finished this book, I pulled in at a gas station in Virginia, the state where this book is set, and saw a pick-up truck with a Confederate flag in the back window. Though I’d never liked this symbol, I’d never before reacted to it with such deep aversion, such a clear sense of what it actu...
I loved this book. The only thing that held off that last 1/2 star was the fact that I felt some parts were a bit drawn out. I loved the characters. I loved all the relationships between the characters. I even loved Marshall. My heart ached for him. I couldn't blame him for the man he became. I...
"The Kitchen House" is a different sort of look at Southern life below-stairs: it is told in the voices of Lavinia, an indentured white servant, and Belle, a black slave.Lavinia comes to the Tall Oaks plantation as a small child, and sees the black slaves as her family. She does not begin to truly c...