I picked this book because I really enjoyed Gone with the Wind and it was suggested to me by many websites as a similar listen. I did not expect the rape scenes to go into deep detail. I expect it in mystery and horror books but not in "period fiction". The result of the abuse weaves its way through a sordid story with uninteresting characters. I can understand conflict and I can understand the need to be authentic however, Gone with the Wind is so much better and there are no explicit violent scenes. It was as if I was watching a movie about an antebellum household and then, suddenly, a pornographic photo flashes across the screen - some details are just too much and do not match the tone or pacing of the book. I am still shocked at all the positive reviews. If you like watching Law and Order SVU for the horrible sick to your stomach feeling, then you might like The Kitchen House.
I'm ususally very stingy with a 5 star rating, but this one deserved it. The narration was amazing, the story drew me in and I miss the characters now that I've finished the book. this was an amazing glimse into slavery in the south.
I have listened to many books and this one is I will remember always. The narration was fantastic. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I was sad when I came to the end of this audible book. What a story, and what a well researched book! This book packs a full punch; be prepared to be living fully in the lives of these amazing characters. The story alternates between Lavinia, a white indentured girl, and Belle, the mixed race slave. As soon as I finished this book, I immediately bought my daughter a copy. She is totally absorbed she said, and deeply drawn into the story and it's characters. Can't wait for a second book from this author.
this is some wonderful writing and even better narration. I can happily recommend it to any who love a good yarn and especially those who like historical fiction. My only quibble -- and I'm particularly persnickety about this -- is that at times it was a big TOO dramatic.
Great story, loved the readers. I was afraid this would be similar to The Help and it wasn't. I'm not one to tear up on books, but this moved me.
Enjoy reading books, but no time so this is an amazing alternative.
This was a story that captured me from the moment it started. The narration was terrific and the majority of the characters were believable. There were moments when the tension was such I had to turn my iPod off for a bit.
However, I wanted to throttle Lavinia, the female lead character. Really, can anyone be so blind and meek and naive? It took some of the joy away from the book.