Book Club Friday: The Kitchen House

11 Nov

Its been a long while, but today I’m linking up with Heather for Book Club Friday.

Today I’ll be talking about The Kitchen House.

Amazon Says:
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.

My take:
I absolutely loved this book y’all.  If you enjoyed The Help, you will probably like this. Though it takes place a couple centuries earlier, there are many parallels in the two novels.  The story is told in the perspectives of Belle and Lavinia in alternating chapters.This book offers what I believe is an all too real look into plantation life during Colonial days.  Some characters endure disturbing events, some triumph, and some take a dark road.  I couldn’t put this down, and I was disappointed at the end because I was not ready for the story to be over.  Go read it.

Similar to The Help’s Author Kathryn Stockett, Kitchen House is the first novel by author Kathleen Grissom.  Personally, I can’t wait for both of their next novels.  Which I hope is very soon.

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4 Responses to “Book Club Friday: The Kitchen House”

  1. victoria November 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    wow this sounds really good!! going on my always-growing list of books 🙂

    happy friday!

  2. Heather November 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I loved the Help, so I’m definitely adding this one to my list!!

  3. Kathleen Grissom November 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    I am thrilled that you enjoyed The Kitchen House! Thank you for a great review!

    Kathleen (Grissom)

    • linzlikewhoa November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      I absolutely loved it. Like I said, I hope you have more books coming! And – I cannot wait to see the movie version of Kitchen House!

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