From the very first chapter, I became enthralled in the history that Kathleen Grissom has created in "The Kitchen House." I absolutely could not stop listening to the book and found myself staying up until the wee hours of the morning just to find out what would happen next. The narrators' performances are absolutely phenomenal and make you feel as if Belle and Lavinia are truly a part of your life.
Addicted Audiobook listener. Always searching for the next best book.
This book was so well written. I was drawn in from the opening and looked for opportunities to keep listening. I cleaned 3 closets and cooked most of the day so I could finish the book. I loved all the characters, even the "villains". They were so well developed that I felt drawn to all of them. My only complaint is that the book ended abruptly. I want to know more about the characters and how they moved on.
I would listen to this story again. I loved it. The characters were realistic and dynamic. You could see how they were caught in their circumstances and were trying to navigate through thier world. It made me think about what family is and what we do for those we love.
Historically accurate, the story kept me engrossed and the personalities rang true.
Just very well done.
The emotions were presented honestly, sometimes sweet, sometimes horrific, but never mawkish.
Can't think of a better name.
What a great story this author spun! And she really did her homework on the pre-Civil War South. The story gripped me at every turn. Although it is a sad story, it was not an uncommon story in the slave-holding south. I see the mentality of the whites in the slave-holding south as an evil sickness, one that still has lingering negative consequences in our country today, and this book goes right to the heart of the sickness.
Absolutely! The alternation between the southern African American dialect and the Irish dialect is enchanting.
Livinia's discovery of her maternal instinct with Campbell.
They brought me into the story as if it was their own they were telling.
I am not done yet, but I am sure it will be difficult when Livinia has to leave the kitchen house.
Yes, Yes, Yes.. well written, well performed.. Characters come across in vivid colors, I laughed and cried...
Belle and Lavinia.... They crossed racial boundaries of the time and exhibited the true meaning of family.
They made the characters! They are expert performers.
My heart broke several times!!!
Dont hesitate.. buy this book!