This book is in my top 3 recommended audio books. It was like watching a movie in my mind - the characters were so real and brought to life through exellent narrations. The story is set in the late 1700's and progresses through the early 1800's. The story is told through the eyes of Lavinia and Belle (two different narrators)......the lives they lead, the differences between the lives of the slaves and owners, the shallowness and carlessness of the owners, the family love in the lives of the slaves, the results of secrets kept..... all brought to life. I didn't want the story to end and feel like 'friends' were ripped away from me. Hopefully the author Kathleen Grissom will write a sequel, showing more of Lavinia's life. GET THIS BOOK..... YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!
The only similarity I found between this book and The Help (which I loved) is that the story is told in first person by two characters, one white woman and one black. The story of Kitchen House was interesting, but the quality of writing and character development in this book were mediocre at best.
I loved this story and the actors were superb. I was glued to the story. when I wasn't listening in the car, I had my earphones in while I clung to every word. Even the epilogue was great. I was intrigued by her story of how the book evolved. I'm hoping for a sequel.
I like books for where they take me, this novel took me to a place that should have been wonderful if not for the hatred and greed that folks have. Yet the love that others possesed made the journey worth the listen. I enjoyed this book.
I usually listen while jogging, but it was so captivating towards the end, I had to keep going and finished the whole book. I loved the narrators ( I recognized Belle's voice from The Help). It was sad, but held my attention. I would have liked it to keep going and develop the relationship between Lavinia and Will.
This story really brings home what it must have been like. Yes it could be depressing because it is human beings at their worst, but also their best. It was an engrossing recount of our lowest point so far but love also shone through. I could not stop listening. The readers were so captivating that i was living the book.
This story keep me wanting more. I liken it to the Help. You kind of knew what was going to happen, but you weren't quite sure how the author was going to make it happen. While listening I could visualize the place in color and how scary it would have been to live during that time being a woman and a slave. Absolutely love it!
If you like historical novels, this is as good as it gets. I listen to audio books when commuting and I could not wait to get back to the story --- I've nver enjoyed commuting so much!
This was an extremely well writen book, it seemed realistic and imaginative, both necessary for a novel about the past. The only reason I give it only three stars, and this is a matter of preference, is that it was unremittingly depressing. Very few scenarios were joyful, calm or humorous, and those that were had an ominous future, which I felt even as they unfolded.