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.
I really enjoyed this book. I first looked at it because I loved The Help, which, by the way is FANTASTIC in audiobook form. The Kitchen House wasn't quite up to The Help, but I did enjoy it and found myself driving more slowly to gain more listening time.
The narration is impeccable, the story is endearing and catches your attention. I would definitely recommend it.
This book is a great read. Wonderful characters, good plot, and insightful into the world of slavery. And yes, some of the content is not easy to stomach but the history of this subject is not pleasant either. It is interesting to observe our leading lady, Lavinia, as a child who sees no difference between black and white, she only responds to love, and how this difference is taught to her as she grows up and is separated from her black family because she is white. Both narrators are great in their roles. Loved this book.
My only quibble with the book is that whenever something positive was about to happen a quick reverse deus ex machina put the kibosh on it. If used once it would have been fine but to use it many times over made for a ham fisted narrative.