The Kitchen House Kindle Fire by Kathleen Grissom
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews Excellent historical of South plantation life and differences between the Big House slaves/servants who worked in the "kitchen house" and those who worked in the fields. The story weaves much deeper in to the characters daily lives and how these particular "kitchen" slaves were really in charge of the total well-being of their owners and how they cared for them. The story also involved alot of love interests between the kitchen and field slaves and who was allowed to marry whom, and the liberties the white owner took with his slaves and the many, many children who were born to those stituations. Sometimes it was pure rape, other times a slave and white man really did love each other and basically lived together under the nose of the white wife.
The days of slavery. I feel like I was transported back in time. It wasn't very pleasant either. The story starts with a white girl who the 'Captain' saved in order to sell or use for his own work when her parents die. The young girl remembers nothing & is raised in the Kitchen House surrounded by the slaves that work the plantation. Lavinia knows nothing else but the love of her 'family' that raises her. While the Captain treats his slaves as decent as could be in the time, his managers were horrid, who also taught the Captain's son, Marshall on how to treat others. Just reading the treatment of the slaves from men who hated people because of the color of their skin was just hard to take in... The story switches back between Lavinia & Belle, the woman who took Lavinia in her home & raised her, along with Mamma Mae, Papa, Uncle Jacob, Ben & so many others who work the fields. Lavinia, the one who's heart was willing to do anything to help others - who just wanted to help her family out of the confines of slavery Belle, the one who would have the people she loved the most taken away from her over & over. I can't even begin to really tell the details of the story - its just life... everything that comes with it. Friendships, family, loyalty, heartbreak... add in abuse, mental illness, slaves who are impregnated by their Masters, it's just a story that tells of what life could be like in days past. I think I loved this book because I became so attached to the characters. I didn't want anything happening to any of them, & yet, heart break is strung throughout the book. & I love a book that doesn't really have a predictable ending. I could appreciate the end of this book... not a total easy call, not a total happy ending, but enough for me to let these characters go in peace. In the end, I'm just thankful for a different time in life... thankful that there were, even in the days of slavery, good people who cared about PEOPLE, no matter what.
It's been a while since I became so emotionally involved in a book that I stayed up to finish it. This wasn't one of those stories where it would be nice to keep going; I was compelled to finish it. There was such a sense of urgency that I could not put it down! Told from the point of view of two narrators, The Kitchen House tells the story of life lived on a tobacco plantation in Virginia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It doesn't hide the ugly truth of slavery, but
it does leave the reader (or at least this reader) with a sense of hope for humanity. Racism is a learned behavior, and we see that in this story. I may have to add details later... The emotions are still to fresh. Yes, the book is THAT good!
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