This book was amazing. I read 2-4 books each week and I only share the ones that take my breath away and this one does just that. I love to use Good Reads to keep track of the books that I read and they also like to recommend books to me based on how well I liked similar books. This book was recommended to me by them. This is one of those books that I would love to own. I think it would make a wonderful movie as well.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom– purchase on Amazon
“When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while on board ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.
Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.”