Wow, just wow. I think this is hands down the best audiobook that I have listened to on Audible. I highly recommend this book.
The Kitchen Ho..Show More »use is set in the late 1700's/early 1800's in Virginia, and tells an enchanting tale of the complicated relationships and interactions between the slaves and their owners, with poor Lavinia, an orphaned white Irish girl, caught somewhere in between. Told from two points of view in alternating chapters, we hear from Lavinia and Belle (a slave) as their story unfolds. Taking us through from when Lavinia is brought to the plantation, her growing up among the slaves and her transition into being a 'white woman' as she becomes an adult. The first half of the story was interesting, but it was the second half that had me gripped.
Kathleen Grissom has written a treasure in this book. The story is both horrific and beautiful at the same time. Not shying away from the difficult sections, just puts the rest of the story into better perspective. The key theme of the book is the complexities of the relationships between Lavinia, the family and their slaves. The characters she develops are well rounded and you can't help keep listening to find out how things turn out.
The book is read by two narrators, one for Lavinia and one for Belle, and both do a fantastic job. Adding just the right sentiment to the words, and keeping the individual personality of the narrator at the time.
I have listened to over 250 audible books and this is the first book that has moved me to write a review. I agree with all the accolades this book has..Show More » received. Yes, there are a few tough scenes but that is what happened during those years of slavery. I would love to see a sequel and a movie should be made. The only criticism I have is that it ended too soon. I wish the author would have extended the story just a little longer. I just finished it and am starting it again.
Love historical fiction, and had hoped that this book was just as good as the Kitchen House but sadly, it does not come close! Did not find the charac..Show More »ters to have that much depth, and thestory was missing something. Surprisingly, did not feel that the story drew me in, to the point where I was emotionally invested andtherefore,never shed a tear. However, still stuck with the story because thought it would improve. With regard to narration, I was less than impressed, especially with S.F's. performance of James. Yet, S.F. did a terrific job as portraying the character Joe in the book entitled You. Makes me wonder if the narration had been better, would I have enjoyed the book that much more?