I enjoyed this book at the beginning. The story kept my attention for more than half. Then it falls apart. My real problem with the book is that too many characters are just too stereotypical. First we have the orphan. Then there is the kind, (large) Mama--reminds me of Mammy (complete with RED head scarf) and her husband George. Marshall is the alcoholic, too mean, son. The overseer is evil, the tutor is evil, etc. etc. etc. I found the book getting tedious and couldn't wait for the end.
Did not finish the book. Started off strong then the story wandered around somewhat mindlessly and/or predictably.
Amazing book, I didn't want it to ever end. The characters were awesome and you felt a part of the family. I found myself cheering for the strong women in the book and how they were so strong in their beliefs and caring for each other.
An absolute must read!
Thank goodness for audio books. I can cook, clean, and drive and still "read".
Absolutely. The story was haunting, the characters intoxicating - it begs to be read again and again.
All of it. Every moment was captivating. This is a book that I would just sit and listen to, because I had to know what was coming next.
I already answered this question above: YES!
An absolute must read.
Warm, Emotional, Suspenseful
I think this is a very unique take on this subject so I really can't compare it to others. The use of a white slave character amongst a group of black slaves makes for a very unique and thought provoking story and raises issues and circumstances that, to my knowledge, have not been dealt with in other books. Very emotional story.
My favorite scenes all involved Mama May's wisdom and strength whether she was nursing the lady of the house or making sure Lavenia knew that she would always be her's. Such a wonderful and warm character.
Absolutely! I couldn't wait to get back to it once I put it down.
The performance of this book was wonderful. Lavenia's accent was so soothing and the use of a second narator as Belle was very smart.
I listen on my commute home.
This was entertaining but formulaic and predictable. The story started out with a great premise and conflict, but the plot developed along very predictable lines. The author created some memorable and touching images, and the performances were strong, but the content was not of equal caliber.
Those who love historical fiction that reads like a soap opera.
I'm not sure.
The voice of Lavinia turned into a whine of circumstances that sounded like "Woe is me. It's all my fault." I just wanted it to stop. So do I blame the book or the voice? I'm not sure. Also sounded a bit like a puppet show as Lavinia's voice became the voice of all the other men in the story. The book was 95% Lavinia and 5% Belle. Wish it had been reversed. I LOVE the voice of Belle -- I wanted more of HER!!!!
It made me think back to THE HELP. How could THE HELP tell the story in a way that didn't sound like whining? I was uplifted by that book. This book made me wonder how many more bad things could happen, and when Will's wife would ultimately die in childbirth so Lavinia could finally get her man.
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Kitchen House". I listened to the audio version of this book in two days. I found myself at times when not listening wandering what was going on with the characters, Momma, Belle, Lavinia, Papa and the others.To me, this story wasn't just another book about slavery and how slaves were treated but it had an interesting twist. In the story there's a little frail Irish girl who is brought by the Captain to work and live with the slaves. In doing so she forms an unimaginable bond and attachment to them that transforms her as a child and changes the course of her life as an adult.
Finding out about 'Mama's' hanging
When they killed the overseer
It all moved me.