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The Kitchen House Online PDF 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 This book was truly amazing. I could not put it down. I was addicted to it. While I abhor the notion of slavery - the very idea that people are property - I enjoy reading of the South prior to the Civil War. I don't know why I am drawn to these types of stories, but I am. This book showed the strength and goodness of the black people that enabled them to survive and thrive throughout history. It underlines the deep connection and value of family whether by blood or by simple acceptance. The aspect of suspense in this novel, made it truly enjoyable. There were times I was torn between reading ahead to see what happened and dreading to turn the page to see what twist of fate the characters would encounter. The book was well written and full of emotion. The characters were warm and engaging. I am eagerly waiting for more novels from Ms. Grissom. I encourage everyone to go to her website. Her personal reasons for writing the book along with the pictures truly enhance the reading experience.

Wow. I hardly know where to start with this heart wrenching and wonderful story. This book takes place in Virginia on a tobacco plantation between the years (primarily) of 1790 and 1810. It is told from 2 voices. The voice of Lavinia, an orphaned Irish immegrant who is indentured to the ship captain and owner of the plantation and Belle, the captain's daughter and slave. Lavinia is put in the kitchen house to live with Belle and the other slaves that serve in the big house and they become her adopted family. What follows is a strange story of love and relationships, of the destruction of family and the redemption of family. I was anxious for the characters and wanting so much better for the ones that lost hope so quickly and the ones that loved and prevailed despite all odds. This story made my heart break at the history of this country. It made me think through the horrors that were allowed and the people that overcame them and fought them. I brought tears to my eyes in sadness and in hope of the future. I would hate to sum up too much and take away the priveledge of meeting these people and loving them right up until the end of the book. Totally worth reading and becoming invested in.

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, sevenyear-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. I finished right before bed last night, and I couldn't sleep forever because I just kept thinking about the story and the characters. My heart just broke for them all, and all the misery they had to deal with throughout their lives! All in all a wonderfully tragic story. You really feel for these characters. LOVED IT!

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The kitchen house online pdf