I don't think this particular audiobook was time well spent - although I connected with the characters and was mildly interesting in the dual plot (one happening in the 30s, one present day), I found the plot dragged and the writing was cliched and a little sappy. Although the title speaks of Winter, my feeling is this a pleasant beach read at best....if you have the patience.
The Kitchen House is rich in description, authentic in emotion, and satisfying in plot. This aptly written family drama efficiently recreates the life of slaves as part of a family - not just their own, but of the owner's family as well. The reader will enjoy following Lavinia's journey from a lost orphan and slave to the lady of the house and will share her hopes and disappointments. Her journey is juxtaposed by Belle's, an unrecognized member of the white family which she serves, who struggles to escape the bonds of family and fear of the unknown. Although the missed connections and coincidental plot twists can lead to some frustration for our heroine (and the reader), overall this book provided a complete and engaging family saga set against the backdrop of slavery as a way of life. Both romantic and tragic, the excellent audio performance by two narrators will sweep you into the Kitchen House to experience homey comforts, sugared moments, and bittersweet insights.
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