The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Oh boy, did I love this book! So well written. So enjoyable. So, so good.
One of my favorite genre of books is historical pieces. Be it from the Victorian era, the Wild, Wild West or the early 1800's, I love it. The Kitchen House is based on a southern plantation when slavery was in full swing. The story revolves around a young, white servant girl names Lavinia. She eventually bonds with her adopted slave family and her loyalty becomes questioned when she is finally accepted in the world of the white people in the Big House. Love and loyalty are two themes strongly interwoven into this story. The author masterfully writes with suspense and had me hooked from page 1.
It is a story of relationships between man and wife, mother and daughter. sister to sister. It shows the best of humankind and the absolute worst.
I had to reserve this book months in advance from the local library. It was worth every minute of waiting for it. It is highly possible that this book has made it to my top five list.
Read it. You won't regret it.