[Epub] ➞ The Kitchen House By Kathleen Grissom – 91videos.co

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


10 thoughts on “The Kitchen House

  1. says:

    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 what bad things had happened to which characters I enjoyed the story well enough for what it was, but it didn t feel real to me I should add that I read Alex Haley s Roots at the age of 17, which set my standards for authenticity in slave novels No doubt this accounts in part for my lukewarm response to The Kitchen House If you haven t set the bar quite that high, you may just love it A lot of people have so far.


  2. says:

    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 know a woman could have had a great live, if not for a stupid misunderstanding Like in the cheap harlequin romance books here in The Netherlands they were are called bouquet reeks I now discover that indeed the publisher is harlequin where they never understand each other and because of that make dumb decisions and when they finally get together they tell each other they loved each other from the start After a while 65% I decided to quit reading which is something I hardly ever do I knew what was going to happen and I could not care less So disappointing Had this book on my wish list for ages Well I never throw books away and i can t bookcross it because it is an ebook So I will hit the delete book from device button.


  3. says:

    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 finish.THE 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 from the very first chapter.The novel was told in alternating perspectives of Lavinia and Belle with a different narrator for each voice I fell in love with these characters and empathized with them as they shared their stories of love, friendship, family, commitment, survival, and loss I couldn t help but be totally lost in this story as I found myself listening rather intently to all of their struggles and triumphs at THE KITCHEN HOUSE I could hear their joy and their sadness coming through so vividly which had me totally engaged in this story.KATHLEEN GRISSOM delivers a very descriptive and well written novel here that I found was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved There is a lot happening throughout this story and I thought it was a fantastic account about this part of history.Would recommend All of Brenda my reviews can be found on our sister blog


  4. says:

    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 in the late 18th century, and for using just the right amount of words and not overdo it on the descriptive, but instead keeping the pace of the story just so that it feels like an action packed thriller The author so cleverly evokes the story s time and place, that the reader virtually feels present as the the tale unfolds Truly, I felt like I had travelled in time and was living amongst these exquisitely developed characters What I want to convey above all is that this is a splendid, thought provoking and touching story of amazingly admirable people, who despite the tragedies that are happening in their lives, never lose heart Oh, there s a lot heart in this story and I will never forget Mama Mae and her family.I will certainly recommend this book to all those dear to me, because it is impossible not to be permanently touched by this novel.


  5. says:

    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 And all of this is with the peculiar feel of a Lifetime movie The colors are too bright, scenes are just a bit too melodramatic, and the accents are just a bit off and you feel very uncomfortable about watching or reading Men are kind and good or they are absolute evil bastards The black women are warm and accepting, the white women don t know what to do and retreat when confronted with difficulties.There is minimal description of the settings or characters, but an awful lot of information dumping on the reader, in a not very interesting way 10 lbs worth of plot in a 5 lb bag.


  6. says:

    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 researched I have not read a novel this compelling in some time Told in the voice of two of the main characters, it is easy to keep up with the story line Lavinia is the first voice, the main character, an Irish orphaned 7 year old girl brought in to live and work with the negroes in the Kitchen House At that time the kitchens actually were commonly in a separate house away from the main house When she is brought onto the plantation by the white owner, she does not remember the trauma that orphaned her on a shipful of Irish immigrants She is shocked mute for some time The black servants become her family Belle, one of the black slaves, is the secondary narrator who becomes a mother figure to Lavinia and her story is typical as to what mulatto half white, half black women had to deal with in that era, as white owners took advantage of black women who sired children as a result Marshall, the white son of the owners, is a major character in this saga as well, and as a reader you will struggle with your feelings of heartbreak, pity and hatred for him as his character is formed throughout the novel His story alone will keep you up nights reading long after you intended to All of the characters are developed very well, you will not easily forget them The historical background in Virginia of that era is depicted accurately I found it interesting that laudanum was generally an accepted and casual source of calming the nerves with the drops as they were called, and opium addiction not un common, even with the elite Certainly hoping for a sequel from Ms Grissom, I will be first in line Do not miss this amazing work Highly recommended PS Update October, 2012 Author Grissom has advised me she is working on a sequel to this yay


  7. says:

    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 hear these stories, there are always new ones to listen to and allow room for in our minds and hearts Stories that people have passed on in their families for years, and stories that are documented in museums and libraries.The Kitchen House is one of those stories and I discovered many things I did not know within these pages, even though I have read many books on the time period over decades of reading That is one facet where this book shines.Another bright facet is the writing itself I could feel the heartbeat of this story through the writing, and that is a rare gift for this reader The pace was crisp throughout there were no lags and not one moment where I did not feel I was breathing the same air and feeling the same hot sun as the characters in this book.The characters are very real, and even when they made some bad choices I could see why and understand even as I felt their pain and wished they could have foreseen what was ahead The plot and story line were absorbing and it was hard to put this book down.The synopsis of this book is accurate, so if it appeals to you, you will love this book There is far in the book than the synopsis covers, of course, including some terrible tragedies but also some triumphant joys This book takes place between the years of 1791 to 1810 in Virginia on a tobacco plantation near Williamsburg No matter how we look at it, this was not an easy time for either people of color or for women Even children did not have an easy time of it, regardless of their station in life.Parental responsibility for children was often handed off to tutors or to house servants If one was fortunate, this worked out well If not, the children suffered usually silently for fear of worse consequences Similarly, if field slaves had a good overseer, their lives were happier and productive whereas a cruel and or conniving overseer created misery and suffering Abdication of the owners responsibility in favor of the overseer was common and again, complaints were dealt with harshly or ignored In this story, we read about many of those possible scenarios and others that made me feel pure gratitude for the life I have now, in this time we live in, despite our own difficulties.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys very well written, and extensively well researched historical fiction, particularly covering antebellum history and the lives and lifestyles of that time.


  8. says:

    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 developed One of the most pivotal parts of the book, which I won t spoil with details, signals a huge defeat for Lavinia and also a huge change But this is merely glossed over, and the lapse in Lavinia s judgement is quickly fixed and the change she had undergone is undone This short season in her life wasn t given the weight it deserved I felt like this sort of treatment of the characters somehow made the story seem soap opera like and a little flimsy I should have been bawling by the end of the book, but I felt that I had lost touch with the characters and was just watching the plot play out its inevitable conclusion.I also had problems with the short, occasional chapters from Belle s point of view Their only purpose was to fill in plot holes and let us know about things that Lavinia wasn t able to witness They were too short and infrequent for me to ever connect with Belle as a narrator, and they just took me out of Lavinia s mind and then forced me back a few pages later, which was kind of jarring As a sidenote, I m thinking of campaigning for a ban on prologues The prologue in this book was as most prologues are merely a gimmick to get us excited about where the book would take us, since it starts off a little slow compared to how it ends I think the moment highlighted in the prologue would have had so much impact later in the book if I hadn t known it was coming.If my rating was based purely on entertainment, I would definitely give this 4 or 5 stars Yes, it was a little soap opera ish, but who doesn t enjoy a good soap every now and then Call it a guilty pleasure.


  9. says:

    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 piece soap opera Why did all the characters have to be either dastardly villains or faultless victims It got wearisome Was it necessary to have every conceivable tragedy happen I swear, the author didn t miss a trick Enough already, it all blurred into a watered down morass of heartbreak misfortune Sometimes less is better, just saying Not a single memorable passage or piece of dialog Honest, I searched In all fairness, I ve read a lot of great books lately, tough acts to follow Plus I have a touch of the flu Please don t get me wrong, I m not a book snob enjoy escapism In fact if this had been sold with a chick lit cover I might have rated it higher It just really annoys me when melodrama is hyped as important historical literature, the subject matter deserved better than clich s


  10. says:

    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 his plantation and house to pay off her parents debt She is quite ill and is given to Belle to take care of and eventually work in the Kitchen House Belle, is the illegitimate daughter of the Captain, and being half black, is a slave who works in the Kitchen House Most of the book is told from Lavinia s point of view, and Belle fills in the rest It s good to hear from Belle s point of view as Lavinia is so young and clueless and sometimes dimwitted Lavinia is taken in, arms wide open, by the family of slaves on the plantation and the Kitchen House She is so young and shaken that she does not realize the difference between black and white in the South during this time During the story, you see her grow into a young woman, eventually getting married and having a child of her own Though, she is blind to the ways of some, and marries an absolute evil man You see her grow and her thoughts change about her adopted family You see the bond she has with them, especially Belle You also see the consequences of keeping secrets or holding your anger You see Belle, who is a strong woman, who wants and needs her free papers Then she has a child, who she absolutely adores, but who is taken violently and heartlessly from her.The Kitchen House is a wonderful, powerful book At times, I found Lavinia a bit annoying, wanting her to snap out of it, and face what is going on But I forget that she is seven years old when this book starts I loved all the characters in the book Ben, Momma Mae, Belle, Papa George, and all the others You know that any book about the South and slavery is going to contain such heartbreak, but this is what happened during those times Love and compassion live in many, but there were so many where evil lived and thrived in I felt the end of the book went too quickly for me I wanted details, but it seemed so rushed Some of these characters you see in the follow up to this one and I can t wait to jump in and read it.I listened to this one via audio Two narrators, one for Lavinia and one for Belle They both did a fabulous job and I loved this one even due to the narration A wonderful book and wonderful narration and a great book to get started with on audios.