I haven't read a book this moving in a long time. Could not put it down. It was very accurate for the period.
I loved this book.
Great writing and believable characters. I wanted to be a part of the kitchen house family.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was both well-written and very well read aloud in the audio book. It was interesting to read after a recent listen to both Gone With the Wind and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.
It's a bit of an American Upstairs Downstairs story on a southern plantation with the twist of a white Irish girl whose parents died aboard the plantation owner's ship and so was brought back to be raised by his slaves and to work as an indentured servant at the age of 7.
Great story, great read (or listen in this case). The narrator did a great job.
All in all the story was good, it kept me entertained and I couldn't wait to get into my car so I could listen to the story going to work and back home. The characters were good - loved the good ones, despised the evil ones.
Lavinia and Bell were the main characters of the book, but Marshall and Rankin kind of haunt me. Maybe it is because they were just so evil-hearted and they put me on edge whenever they appeared in the story.
Yes. It grabbed my interest in the first sentence, and kept it throughout the entire audiobook. There were no sections that dragged and were too "wordy." Great descriptive writing, and no vulgarity or profanity. I plan to purchase the hardcover edition and will read it in addition to the audio.
The fact that Ms. Grissom was true to the historical period and facts, and she was able to describe the violence and crimes against the innocent without using profane/vulgar language. She left no doubt of what was happening without being offensive. That is really important to me.
Wonderful reading. I liked both of them very much.
Many, many moments, but especially with Mama and Papa when they interacted with Lavenia.
Absolutely love this book and I look forward to the next one by Ms. Grissom. Great first novel!
Fascinated how these characters lived the lives of slaves and indentured servant in the late 1700's. How their love of family held them together, protecting each other, loving one another. Great writing!
Both Lavinia and Belle had fascinating stories
no but their narrative was great!
yes and no...wanted to hear the whole story but did not want to leave them!
my first audible book and I am so glad this is the one I chose...it is a book I'll recommend to many, already gave the book to my sister in law!
We want to learn about history but what does this story have to offer? The conundrum here is artful writing about an entire cast of ill-fated characters. A grimm repetitive account of people who never win. They are only overcome by their environment. Is this your only experience with life? When we lose out on the one hand are there not compensations on the other? When they took care of the evil school master, for example. There was no triumph. No one could every get a morsel of truth to the right person. Are people so truly handicapped? Give us some hope as well. How can any of us carry on in life if the measure of hope is so meagre.
real life experience
The big house and Kitchen help
Very intresting and esay to listen to.
Hope there is a movie!! I couldn't get enough of this book, I will be reading (listening) to it again.
Very reminiscent of The Help and very similar to every girl sold to slavery story but a bit better. Momma Mae is a character you can't help but love. Too many chuckles short to place it anywhere in The Help's league though.