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Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master’s troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail..

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The Kitchen House
January 30th, 2015
A generous read indeed! Great story from beginning to end with no lulls. Great character development without superfluous detail to bore. Surprises keep you interested throughout. Kept me up too late several nights did this book. Worth every penny.
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The Kitchen House
January 25th, 2015
A story of slavery as told by Lavinia. This young Irish girl is raised by and nurtured by Negro slaves in the 1700s. Many loving characters are brought to life by the author and their story needed telling. Great work.
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The house kitchen
October 2nd, 2014
Great characters. Would be and excellent book club read with thought provoking questions at the end of the novel.
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Loved it! Wow!
July 22nd, 2014
You have got to read this book. I am on an antebellum kick and this one was an incredible journey back to that time.
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The Kitchen House
July 7th, 2014
I thought this was an excellent book...written well and a completely new view of slavery.
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Kitchen house
May 27th, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed every page
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Sad but good
April 21st, 2014
Really good book
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January 27th, 2014
A great read! I couldn't put it down. I actually read it in one night, the dialogue flows so well, one can hear the voices of all the characters. I highly recommend
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January 26th, 2014
Good read that moves along smartly .Characters are well developed highly recommended read most enjoyable
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January 26th, 2014
An amazing read, in this book we see the hardship and certain privileges given to a white indentured servant. But we are also reminded of the unjust and of the hell that blacks slaves had to deal with at the same time. The book demonstrates a lot of contrast between being a black slave and being a white indentured servant and the stress of both groups not mingle.
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January 26th, 2014
Absolutely amazing read! Great story line from beginning to end. A must read book.
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January 25th, 2014
Loved this book. The relationships between the characters were complex and interesting. The story itself was interesting and unique. It was a great read and I look forward to more by this author.
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January 25th, 2014
this is an amazing book which brings you right into the lives of the people who were there. compelling -- a must read!
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January 25th, 2014
What a wonderful book and an interesting perspective. Definitely worth the read. I'm excited to check out more books by this author.:-)
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January 25th, 2014
A fantastic read... hard to put down!
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January 25th, 2014
This is a book that you won't be able to put down. Full of pain, drama, suffering from people of the lowest and highest circumstances. If you enjoyed "The Help", you will enjoy this.
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January 25th, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We also read it for my Book Club and was enjoyed by everyone. You know it's a good book when you can't wait for an opportunity to pick it up again.
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January 25th, 2014
This book was such a fascinating and interesting read. I really enjoyed the story from the different character's perspective and how they were woven so well to create a book I couldn't put down!
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January 25th, 2014
This is a remarkable book. Excellent character development and exploration of slavery and relationships during this time.
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January 24th, 2014
Beautifully written, great depth of characters, wonderful historical fiction
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