By Kathleen Grissom
This attractive debut novel set within the antebellum South, is a sad tale of page-turning suspense, exploring the that means of relations, the place love and loyalty prevail.
Orphaned whereas onboard a boat from eire, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives at the steps of a tobacco plantation the place she is to stay and paintings with the slaves of the kitchen condominium. less than the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia deeply bonds together with her followed relatives, although she is determined except them by way of her white dermis. ultimately, Lavinia is accredited into the area of the large residence and she or he unearths herself perilously straddling very varied worlds. whilst she is pressured to choose, loyalties are introduced into query, risky truths are laid naked, and lives are positioned in danger.
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The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom