The Kitchen House

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 fr

  • Title: The Kitchen House
  • Author: Kathleen Grissom
  • ISBN: 9781439153666
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, tWhen 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.

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    1. Kathleen Grissom had the raw materials for a rich and powerful historical novel Her writing is good, if a little drawn out at times She has an interesting angle with the orphaned Irish immigrant girl put to work among the slaves So why did it fall short I think Grissom slipped too easily into stereotypes and melodrama and never got out of that rut When you have too many tragic or shocking things happen to too many characters, it becomes predictable and numbs the reader I started losing track of [...]

    2. I had sorted this book as literature on my shelf well it is definitely not literature but cheap sensational stuff based on stereotypes.While reading this book this is what I wrote I am not liking this book It feels like the books I read when I was a teen and had nothing good to read It is too much Too much sorrow and everything goes wrong Now she is going to make life changing decisions because of lack of communication If there is something I dislike it is that in books.I meant by that that you [...]

    3. Absolutely wonderful narration This was definitely a winner for me because of its awesome narrators who made this such an entertaining and enjoyable read I must say this is the first audiobook that I have thoroughly enjoyed and was captivated from start to finishE KITCHEN HOUSE by KATHLEEN GRISSOM is a very touching, powerful, gripping, heart wrenching, and a beautifully written Historical Fiction novel which is set on a plantation in the antebellum South that grabbed my listening ears right fro [...]

    4. What an amazing book It deserves than 5 stars Truly, I couldn t put it down I stayed up until the early hours of the morning because I had to finish this story It s been ages since I have been that engrossed in a book, or that affected by a story for that matter There aren t words to describe the emotions you feel while reading this I have to give credit to the author s wonderful talent for being able to render such an unvarnished, yet grippingly beautiful tale of life on a southern plantation [...]

    5. An amazing first novel Author Kathleen Grissom s debut novel about slavery in the South in the late 1700 s, early 1800 s is one of the best out this year This thought provoking look at life on a tobacco plantation in that era both shocks us and draws us into the souls of these compelling characters, the white owners, the black slaves, and the little white girl who is brought in as an indentured servant, with whom we experience her growth into womanhood Totally believable and thoroughly researche [...]

    6. I really debated what rating to give this book In terms of keeping me turning the pages, it was riveting, and I had a hard time putting it down The story of Lavinia, the young Irish orphan who was raised by a family of plantation slaves, had me laughing and crying out loud at times My main problem with the book, however, was that the author never seemed to go past the plot and what was happening to the characters externally Because of this, they often came across as a little shallow and under de [...]

    7. If books can be compared to movies, this is a Lifetime movie Tragedy after tragedy occurs we have unaknowledged illegitimate biracial children, sexual abuse of children,rape, sexual assault, drug use And the author also puts in the particular tragedies of pre Civil War Virginia, including abuse and murder of slaves, mistreatment of slaves, the breaking of families by slave owners, starvation and overworking of the slaves Plus mental illness Oh, there s incest, too And did I mention spousal abuse [...]

    8. From the Author s notes The only time the work came to a standstill was when the characters took me to an event or a place where I had not yet done my research I tried on a number of occasions to change some of the events those that I found profoundly disturbing , but the story would stop when I did that, so I forged ahead to write what was revealed.Antebellum history has been covered numerous times and from numerous angles, just like WWI and WWII history And yet, no matter how many times we hea [...]

    9. Stories set in the South during the time of slavery are always a difficult read The Kitchen House is no exception However, the story told here is not all tragedy There is also hope, friendship, and love in this story.The Kitchen House is told from two points of view Lavinia, a young Irish girl who is now an indentured servant, and Belle, a young black slave, who is half while Lavinia, is seven years old, when she is orphaned when her parents die during passage by boat The Captain, takes her to h [...]

    10. I should have loved this 1st novel, Canadian author, great reviews, southern historical fiction, I was stoked Maybe that was my problem overly high expectations the kiss of death I ll attempt to explain why I rated it so low Boring protagonist weepy, passive women just irritate me now I used to be tolerant I ll put this down to aging I read similar books when I was younger, nothing fresh here It s a pager turner but the plot was pretty obvious good story that I wish hadn t morphed into a period [...]

    11. NO SPOILERS On completion Four stars I know I really liked the book, but why, and what is it that prevents me from giving it five stars You keep turning the pages, I kept wondering what is going to happen next Yes, a lot does happen, and sometimes it does feel a bit melodramatic given all the shit that hits the fan What happens does not feel impossible, but sometimes I found myself thinking that the Blacks absolutely never were as bad as the Whites Let me say once again, the story does not feel [...]

    12. Can you imagine being in such a frightful shock that you don t know who you are or where you came from Now imagine that scenario as an orphaned 7 year old indentured servant, with an Irish accent unlike the thick southern one that you can barely understand that surrounds you This is the terrifying realization for Lavinia, who was thrust to work the house kitchen with other slaves in the late 1700 s in Virginia Feeling isolated and confused, her fellow slaves open their arms to this sad girl, whe [...]

    13. Set during the late 1700 s, this was a very touching story about Lavinia, a young white girl who has tragically lost her family during a passage from Ireland to America, and her newly adopted family of slaves who all serve the ship s captain on his tobacco plantation Working in the kitchen house, Lavinia forges a deep connection with Mama, Papa George, their children, Uncle, and Belle, the illegitimate daughter of the captain As a young child, Lavinia recognizes no boundaries due to color if she [...]

    14. I am surprised by all the 4 5 star reviews While the book is somewhat interesting, it falls flat and reeks of melodrama It s like the Days of our Lives in the 18th century The book is very repetitious with tragedy and crisis you become numb to it after awhile And yes, the characters are very 2 dimensional I can t believe that Marshall would just become wholly evil I expected to see a complex character than that All the white women in the book are weak and subdued the black women are resilient t [...]

    15. To quote one of my book club mates, This is just about the worst book I ve ever read I was so happy she d said this, because it s about the same reaction I had to the drivel this woman published and, yet it s been recommended to me by no fewer than seven people Ack Kathleen Grissom started with a great story idea bring to life the tales of children sold into slavery or indentured servitude in 18th century Virginia whose country of origin was not Africa In the hands of a experienced author, this [...]

    16. My hat is off to Kathleen Grissom for creating such a wonderful and moving story I recently read The Help by Kathryn Stockett which I also highly recommend I think the two novels compliment each other very nicely Lavinia, born in Ireland, is an indentured servant who comes to live at Tall Oaks tobacco plantation in southern Virginia in 1791 She is placed in the care of Belle, the master s illegitimate daughter Lavinia lives and works in the kitchen house along side the slaves on the plantation a [...]

    17. While reading The Kitchen House , I often thought, this must be the years best SOAP OPERA HISTORICAL FICTION novel of the year Do they give out such awards lol Geeeeeee, you d think the author could have had added a little drama to hold our interest ha ha ButYES, I liked this book most of the characters were well developed for the story Maybe the character of Marshall could have been developed a little from his childhood to his adulthood however, I got the point of his complex painful childhoo [...]

    18. Not going to waste time on a long review on this oneMy review can be summed up in one word Ready for it Waiting.waiting.drumroll.easeMy review for this book is horrible By the end of this book I sooooooo wanted to put a few drops of laudanum in my drink, to take away the pain of it all Don t waste your time on this one poorly written predictable I only stuck with it due to being a bookclub selection.

    19. I received this book on the Giveaway Thank you and Touchstone Fireside publishers What a gift this book was Not only did I LOVE the story, but I defy anyone to not care about these characters From the beginning when you first meet seven year old Lavinia, an orphan first arriving in America from Ireland, all you want to do is hug her and find out where this story takes her It is a story of the true meaning of family, sacrifice and loyalty You will want to be a part of Mama Mae and Papa George s f [...]

    20. This is my Book Of the Month August 2016, with GR group Nothing But Reading Challenges Category Anything Goes BOMThis book was a challenging read for me because I found it overall distressing and depressing It was fine at the start but around 30% of the book you realize that everything that happens in the story is SAD After that every time I kept this book aside, I had to force myself to pick this up again Another issue I had is the balant infidelity and casual take on sex This is a personal han [...]

    21. I was recommended this book by cuz I loved ,and There was a discrepancy between those books and this one though THOSE books had not necessarily happy endings but at least they had hopeful endings This one was just plain TRAGIC I love my historical fiction novels and I KNOW most of history was sad, especially in the U.S during slavery times, but I mean really Was all this misery really needed I m not asking for flowers and sunshine and a Disney ending, but at leastn t take away from me one of the [...]

    22. Where do I begin on this review I read the author s note and interview immediately following the end of the book In it she says that the voices she hears tell her their story and she writes it She also said, I tried on a number of occasions to change some of the events those that I found profoundly disturbing , but the story would stop when I did that, so I forged ahead to write what was revealed There are not many professions where one can openly claim to do what the voices tell them to do In m [...]

    23. The first 3 4th of the book was awesome I loved the early story of Lavinia at the plantation and in Williamsburg Later in the book the story has downs than ups and can be somewhat depressing Of course, I think the author does a great job with portraying the time period, although since Historical Fiction is not one of my favorite genres, I had a hard time with some of the character s choices although I would think looking at the time period were realistic responses Overall, it was a wonderful fa [...]

    24. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is a powerful and gripping story of racism, interracial love and affairs, and slavery in the 18th century southern United States Fans of The Help will devour this commanding and passionate novel.In the late 18th century, a young, white orphan named Lavinia is sent to live on a Virginia plantation, being raised among the help and catering to the rich, white owners Lavinia quickly adapts to this life, caring for the drug addled plantation owners wife while pla [...]

    25. This book takes a familiar topic southern, slave holding plantation in the pre Civil War era and adds a few twists The first element that makes this book different than others which describe the same era, is that one of the main characters here is an orphaned white child who becomes an indentured slave alongside the African Americans at the plantation The second unique element of this book is a feminist look at the lack of power and rights any women slave or free had to control her own circumsta [...]

    26. This was a spectacular read for me There are few novels that I become so immersed in and this was one of them The story is about a white slave girl who becomes part of the slave family in the late 1700 s It s about her growing up in the conflicting white black world and her confusion being pulled into both It s about the relationships and loyalty that develop and the tragedies that arise during this time I love Grissom s style of writing story is told by both Lavinia the white slave and Belle th [...]

    27. I felt the story fell flat Undeniably, several parts played to my emotions, as the main characters slaves of a plantation and subservient women were raped, murdered, emotionally harmed However beyond these emotional ups and downs, the story didn t conclude much Perhaps that is an unfair criticism as the lives of slaves were undoubtedly unsatisfying Also, the dual narration writing style seemed to be an effort to give a voice to two sides of the story white and black but I don t feel like it adde [...]

    28. I expected to love this bookrough 300 pages I waited to love this book.I don t love this book It is a hot mess.Every possible mishap occurs for our not remotely plucky and utterly clueless Irish lass of a heroine, just to keep the plot plodding along Her complete and utter inability to read a room or learn one darn thing about the time in which she is growing up is an obnoxious device to make the most insane things happen Somehow they were not insane enough, though, because I guessed every major [...]

    29. I cried at least three time while reading this The tragedies just kept on coming One after another after another Kathleen Grissom sure knows how to make my heart race and keep my eyes glued to the page The characters were so real to me, it was like they were my own family I was happy for them when things went well and I was devastated beyond words when things didn t First off, let s start with the cast of characters There s Mama Mae the big mama of the kitchen house She s the one everybody can d [...]

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