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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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    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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    I loved this story. It made me laugh and cry and sometimes pretty angry with some characters!

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    I loved this story, I am a true fan of historical fiction and this had everything I look for in a novel!

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    Fantastic

    I have just finished this book for the second time and couldn't put it down. A deeply moving portrayal of a dark, painful period in history. Absolutely beautiful!

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    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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