I MIGHT, TYPICALLY I ONLY LISTEN ONCE.
THE HELP. THE WRITING AND NARRATION WAS SUPERB.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
The premise on this book is quite peculiar. A white Irish indentured child raised in a black slave household. I suppose it could have happened.
What I enjoyed most was the knowledge that even people in helpless positions find ways to structure their world to work. It's something I've always believed. It runs quite strongly through this book.
It was a worthy but odd entertainment.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. While it told the story of the terrible things that happened, it was not graphically descriptive. The story was interesting and the narration was fantastic. I've heard some people compare this to "The Help". I don't think this is a good comparision. The two stories are set in completely different eras and I believe that "The Kitchen House" is far more sombre.
I loved this book. Excellent story, and readers are top notch! Each time I think I've loved a book so much that I might not ever like one as much again, I find one that is even better - this is that book.
Great character development
Both, sad and funny and sometimes both simultaneously.
A wonderful listen, I never wanted the story to end.
Narration truly beautiful. A heartbreaking tale of life in the south before the civil war. Perhaps not sad enough, but I still had trouble finishing it.
This could have been such a good book. Well drawn historic fiction, interesting characters and above average audio presentation. Too bad it never rises above a run of the mill soap opera. By the mid point you can predict the conclusion. Keep hoping you are wrong but it just below average Jackie Collins set in the slave quarters.
I have recommended it to friends: any book that I tear through in three days gets recommended.
The character development. Grissom has an enormous cast of characters, and each one is distinct and memorable: not an easy feat to pull off.
Although the chance of an Irish child retaining her accent seems slim to nil (she'd have acquired the same accent as slaves who raised her, in reality), Cassidy's soft Irish accent did give Lavinia a distinct characteristic. She brought through Lavinia's hesitant, hidden personality. Turpin's Belle always sounds cheerful and faintly amused, even when awful things are happening to her, which isn't quite right all the time; but Belle is by far the stronger character so it mostly works.
Uncle Jacob: I want to know his backstory.
The first half of the book is significantly stronger than the second half. The conclusion is not as satisfying as I had hoped, but for a first novel, it's a good effort. I look forward to her subsequent works, as her writing becomes more polished.
This was a great book with great characters and story lines. The switching back and forth between the two characters worked out well. That was a new approach for me but I enjoyed it.
It was wonderful being taken to a southern plantation in the early 1800's and it's day to day activities by this story teller. I felt as though I was living right there in the middle of this time period. Since the story comes from more than one point of view it was even more interesting. The voices were lovely and contributed to the whole feeling and time period. The accents and the expression in their voices were fantastic.