Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#SummerReading #BookReview for #August2016 #TheKitchenHouse by #KathleenGrissom Deluxe Edition


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It only took me to finish this book, "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom, because of the wonderful characters and story told from two women's perspectives about race, family, and loyalty on a Virginian Southern Plantation!! The two women who tell the story are Lavinia, an Irish orphaned now indentured servant, and Belle, an kitchen cook and slave, whom both serve their Captain Pyke and his family!! There is no clear "Black and White" as this story tells the various degrees of differences between white servants and black servants, social status between the poor and the affluent , and the struggle of belonging within a family for both of these girls!!  Lavinia and Belle are "sisters at heart" despite their differences sharing the joys and pains of girlhood and womanhood together, both are very intelligent and resourceful, both are very independent thinking despite barriers, and both of them are determined to defy social conventions and forged a future by their terms!

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I am the type of reader that briefly reads the introduction to the book before I further decide to read it or not! :)

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I love the illustration describing the places and homes on the Tall Oaks Plantation which helped me visualized where Lavinia, Belle, and the rest of the characters in "The Kitchen House" took place!

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Once I read this "Prologue" from Lavinia's perspective about events in the future, I knew I had to read this book to find out what lead to the tragic events on Tall Oaks plantation! Hence, I read this book in three days! :)


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I hope to attend a local "Meet the Author" at a local library in September which will be a real treat and hear other exciting news from Ms Kathleen!! I love the details of the planatation and the past in this story by the author and if you enjoyed "The Help" then you will enjoyed "The Kitchen House" too!

Until next time...

Ursula

aka Blueridge Beauty Blogger

1 comment:

  1. I'm always looking for new books to check out -- thanks for the review!

    xx Lk
    www.ellekae.com

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