I would be lost without audio books! I like several genres but mostly historical romance and courtroom dramas.
Kathleen Grissom weaves a tale of family that will keep you enthralled throughout the entire book. The lives of all the characters intertwine on the plantation giving us an insight into day to day life in the late 1700's. You cannot help but feel the love and the pain of each of the characters.
I bought this book because I absolutely love "The Help." The premise for this story is really interesting, about an Irish orphan girl who lives and works with slaves on a plantation. But I had to stop listening to "The Kitchen House" because it devolved into a series of awful, terrible, sickening events--and dread about what horrible thing would happen next. Yuck, give me a break.
I passed this book by the first time and went on to download and listen to a few other okay. Coming across The Kitchen House a second time, I decided to download. I was captivated from the start. A truly sad time in our history, but the strength of the characters was simply amazing. I did not want this book to end, and am hoping there just may be a sequel!
Yowza. The black characters walked right out of "Gone With The Wind." There's a Mammy and an old Uncle Tom and even a Prissy. These are some awfully happy slaves, who laugh at their work and talk back to the master, etc. Just hit my ear wrong. If you want to read excellent books about relations between slaves and their white masters read "The Confession of Nat Turner" or "The Known World" (that one is great, and is about a black master and his slaves). Skip this melodramatic, poorly conceived potboiler.
Hmm. A Gothic novel in the Victorian tradition: A beautiful protagonist, the innocent victim of evil men and appalling circumstances, faces one insurmountable tragedy after another. Nothing wrong with that of course, but for me the concept has a fatal flaw that I just couldn't get over: The author has basically co-opted the story of 19th century plantation slavery, but centered it around a white protagonist. I found this distasteful. Had it been based on a historical incident, I would have forgiven it. But the author's post-script implies some vaguely channeled inspiration that finally made me cringe.
This book was at times so heartbreaking and may make you cry! Everyone in this book goes through their share of hardships and it isn’t a happy book but there is just something about the story that is beautiful. I just don’t know how to express it but to say I loved this book!
Narrated by, Orlagh Cassidy & Bahni Turpin it was wonderfully done both narrators bringing these characters to life.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
While some who have reviewed this book describe it as dark and sad, I would suggest that it is profound, moving and merely set in a dark and sad time in our country. Slavery and indentured servitude are themes that may not be easy topics about which to read, but this author and the amazing narrators have created a story that will captivate and engage you.
I found the story to be very moving, at times eliciting a strong emotional response. Who could listen to Lavinia and Belle tell about the events in their lives, both good and bad, without empathy? I could not.
Historical fiction lovers will not want to miss this great novel. It is a story that is at times painful, but always worthy of your time and intellect.
Truly a story that pulls you in and makes you care about the characters. It is definitely worth the read. However, because you are so invested in the characters, the end turns out to be a let down. Well developed characters don't get the ending they deserve. It was almost as if the author was unsure how to finish and wrapped it up too quickly. I was also somewhat disappointed some characters were never developed. However, the book is very moving, and I would still recommend it.
Addicted to Audible!
I wavered back and forth in my opinion of this book, I kept thinking that maybe things might improve as the story unfolded. The historical accuracy was interesting and it kept me listening....Bahni Turpin's narration was excellent but Orlagh Cassidy, who I usually like, sounded as depressed as the plot. Lavinia started out as an interesting character and her confusion about her "place" in society was well written, but she didn't really evolve and then the ending was very abrupt. I don't see any comparison between this book and The Help, which was an all time favorite.
This book was highly recommended by a friend, and I stuck with it for a while, but I could not get into it. This story of a white orphan girl living among slaves had no distinct characters. It all felt like people and plot lines I had read too many times before (and better done before). This is a book about women, and maybe written for women, and that might have been the problem. I found my mind wandering too often, and did not care enough to re-listen. I know many love this book. Just not me.