The story did keep my interest, and the narrators are excellent. However, I just couldn't help being irritated with this self-absorbed white girl. She watches as people she loves are tortured, slaves with no hope of freedom, yet she whines about the expectations put on her because she is white! Then she acts shocked by the violence every time, as if it had never happened before. I did keep listening and wanted to know what happened, but Lavinia's naivete and self-absorption made her an unlikeable narrator.
This is a bodice ripper, - very overdone and annoying, cloying, and not a little racist. You have the saint/Mammy character who can do no wrong, you have the Evil One and his drunken cohort, damaged by his tutor and becomes All Bad; you have the protagonist unaccountably ending up a Victim, you have the other narrator, the quintessential strong-willed but beautiful-hearted Slave, you have the good white man next door, etc, etc. The characters have no nuance, they are so heavily drawn, and separated into goodies and baddies. Historical novels are my favorite reading at this point, but not this book. This is not good writing, save yourself the time, for something wonderful!
I just finished it and I am listening for the second time already.
I enjoyed the way the author took care to develop each character slowly. I enjoyed watching them grow up.
It' s difficult to choose just one. They were all so vivid and descriptive.
The name if perfect!
Beautifully written! I am trying to find another one her books.
I prefer the audio version, as the characters speak, you can feel the pain and anguish they feel, and the joy also. This was such an awful time in american history, but the strength and perserverence these characters show is a tribute to the human spirit. This was an excellent audiobook, and I listen to a lot of them. I recommend it 100%.
I liked Belle, she was spunky, but also fragile. She was a fighter, and had her heart broken more than once. Lavinia was great, but I didn't like how weak she was in her marriage.
I can't pick just one!
Yes, and I would love to see another one, continuing on in their lives.
"The Kitchen House" is a story that makes you laugh and weep for its amazing characters. Kathleen Grissom has created a story that tugs at your heartstrings. Amazing...
Very good performance. The main character Lavinia is a young, orphaned Irish girl who becomes an indentured white servant on a slave plantation. The layers of society and class around her are difficult for her to grasp. She loves without the boundaries demanded by the existing social and moral codes. Failing to understand, much less follow, those codes is her undoing, or perhaps her undoing is inevitable. Decent story, but at times the main character's failure to grasp reality is grating. I liked Lavinia more at the start than at the end, but maybe her character was intended to be an empty vessel to convey you on a frustrating voyage to understand the depravity engendered when one person owns another.
I LOVED the story, but it's a sad one...and I'm not sure I should be crying my eyes out at 65 mph.
The story was compelling and the narration lively. I loved listening to The Kitchen House and carried my Ipod around with me everywhere so I wouldn't have to stop.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
Sometimes you just don't agree with the majority and that is definitely the case with this book which currently averages over 4 stars on Audible...and I gave it only 2 stars. Maybe this book is a victim of circumstance since I'm reading it right on the heels of Gone With the Wind or maybe it is just not as well-written as I'd hoped. If the Enquirer or Star magazines from the grocery store checkout lanes were reincarnated as a novel, this would be that novel. There was so much sensationalism and zero subtlety and this meant that preposterous plot lines hit you over the head without mercy. I couldn't wait to get to the end and didn't really care how all of those plots resolved.