I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
The story moved along and kept my interest piqued. It was a good portrayal of good and evil. The pre civil war era is vividly depicted.
I loved all the character development and setting. I am finding myself more drawn to great fiction set in the past. I felt truly transported to another time and place. I loved all the characters, even the ones that you where not suppose too, I truly felt you could understand why they where the way they where. It also helps me appreciate the world I live in and modern day morals and all the choices an individual now has.
This book was written by the author, for the author. It's a Mary Sue story, to the tee...
"The prototypical Mary Sue is an original female character in a fanfic who obviously serves as an idealized version of the author mainly for the purpose of Wish Fulfillment. She’s exotically beautiful, often having an unusual hair or eye color, and has a similarly cool and exotic name. She’s exceptionally talented in an implausibly wide variety of areas, and may possess skills that are rare or nonexistent in the canon setting. She also lacks any realistic, or at least story-relevant, character flaws — either that or her “flaws” are obviously meant to be endearing… Other than that, the canon characters are quickly reduced to awestruck cheerleaders, watching from the sidelines as Mary Sue outstrips them in their areas of expertise and solves problems that have stymied them for the entire series." From Themarysue website
Exotic beauty? Like the stunning redhead, with the unusual, striking eyes? Unusual name? Lavinia? An Irish girl plucked from the Green Isle and placed in a dusty USA farm?
The only surprise in this story was that there weren't any gratuitous sex scenes (of which I am happy). The fluff about opium addiction was insulting, to be honest, having seen the real effects of addiction compared to the glib way it was treated as a "pity me, pity me, life is awful".
The part that tops it off, however, is the author's comments at the end! It's actually very funny, she really thinks she's got a piece of literary genius on her hands, the poor dear.
Kitchen House is one of the best books I have ever read.I could not put it down.I do hope there is another book by this first time author in the making.
Avid reader and foodie. I read mostly fiction but thanks to my awesome book club I am branching out and finding some great books!
A better storyline.
I agree with one of the other reviewers- this book is a total downer and the protagonist Lavinia has to be one of THE dumbest women ever conceived in literature. I can handle a sad book, but this was just overkill. I didn't think the writing was very good, nor the story. I could sort of see where the author was going with things, but it just kept going downhill. The story got sadder and sadder, and weirder and weirder. The book ended, and I was confused and annoyed.
This is nothing like the Help- sorry for anyone who thought that, but really?? No way.
I listen to audiobooks when I walk and this book was so good it made me walk longer than I normally would! I didn't want it to end.
Maybe after some time.
No but will in the future.
Could not wait till I could listen more as this part of our history needs to be never forgotten.
I loved big momma best cause she had so much love and tenderness for everyone even when the person getting the love doesn't recognise it,
Belle and Big momma. they felt like people I know or ones that are no longer here. I felt like I was hearing a part of my family history. They had so much passion for family and what was right and good even when they were treated badly.
I listened to the Help and both performances were awesome. Felt like I was sitting in her livingroom with her telling me this story
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I do believe that slaves were treated by some just as the book descibed, no argument there. However, it was just insane the continued bad luck of everyone, not only the slaves but the masters'. They were total incompetents and I just can't believe that a family that put something together like that would lose it all in less than a generation. Its an interesting story but it's not that great.