Belle and Mama Mae -they have such strength and were willing to sacrifice for others
Absolutely loved this book! Am going to recommend it for our book club because I want the chance to discuss the many issues and themes in the book. I especially enjoyed the extra from the author at the end explaining how the story presented itself to her. Having the different voices helped the story along and added to the emotion of the events.
Yes, very interesting
Soo many, when Lavinia was almost raped by the old man.
The entire performance by both readers.
The end, when Mamma died.
A must read, I was surprise to see this was Kathleen Grissom 1st book, I can't wait for her next book.
I felt for some of the characters but was a bit disappointed that she didn't go into more depth with them.
This book was beautifully written by a wonderful author and beautifully read by two amazing performers.
The prologue grabs you and then the book never lets you go. You feel like you are in the kitchen house, feeling the highs and lows of these women's lives. You can almost smell the smells.
If you are historical fiction lovers, than this is your kind of story.
This is the kind of book I would stay in my car to hear just one more chapter before going inside.
Courageous, Poignant, Loving
These ladies performed with great passion, inhabited their characters and brought them to vivid life.
Mamma May, with her wisdom and understanding of her
This book is beautiful in so many ways and desparately hopeless in others. The time may have dictated the circumstances, but the character of the people elevated them above their stations or plunged them into the depths of depravity. One cannot help but be enthralled by The Kitchen House.
everything, the subject, the voices , and you are transported to other time.
the whole idea
mama may , isobel and marchall
I don't normally like/read stories from the 1800's but this book is riveting! I had to keep charging my ipod so that I could finish listening to it. At the end of the story the author explains how she came to write the book--very interesting read!
Perhaps. It's an entertaining story but implausible and lightweight.
I found the narration to be self-consciously dramatic and overly gushing.
Gripping, page turner! Artfully designed characters draw you irresistibly into their world Antebellum World of power, privilege and scandal. A must read!
As I listened to this excellent read I found myself looking for opportunities to run more errands and exercising more frequently in order to be able to stay with the story just a little bit longer. I love long, well-told family sagas. The narration was spot on once I got past the initial rather disrupting fact that 7-yr-old Lavinia was obviously being narrated by a grown woman.
Antebellum stories by their very nature have a given set of plot and setting issues that are going to come up every time. Having a white indentured servant in the midst of the slaves brought a unique twist to this well-told story. The focus on the story centers on the relationships developed and I grew to care about these characters fairly quickly. I anticipated MUCH of the plot but kept reading, hoping I was going to be wrong. The first half or more of the book was wonderful: some serious events happening, but overall very enjoyable. The last half, as you see it barreling down the road straight at you becomes heart-wrenching and difficult to read as we watch characters we've come to care about live out the consequences of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time compounded by poor decisions.
Overall, this was a very satisfying read.