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The Kitchen House: A Novel
The Kitchen House: A Novel
by Kathleen Grissom
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.30
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Read, Jan. 30 2012
For the lovers of The Help, this book is everything and more. The characters are very engaging and there is a real plot. It tells the story of a young,white girl orphaned on her family's trip to America who is taken into the household of the ship's captain. As Lavinia gets older she goes to live in the Kitchen House where all the residents are indentured and black. She very quickly bonds to these people who take her in as one of their own, but not quite. The kitchen house is where all the household chores are done for the big house, so they are one big family with Mama Mae the natural leader of the group. This book is about their lives.

Some people who have read this book found it depressing; I did not, but it was cruel at times, like most slavery books. There is certainly no shortage of drama in the book so it goes along at a good pace. The story never lagged from the first page right to the end.

Island Beneath The Sea
Island Beneath The Sea
by Isabel Allende
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.58
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, Feb. 3 2011
This review is from: Island Beneath The Sea (Paperback)
This is the first book I have read by this author and must say the historical data was a bit daunting and I felt it detracted from the heart of the story. It also gave the book somewhat of a bloated plodding feeling. The last third of the book flowed more smoothly since there was much less history and more story. The characters were well depicted, believable and someone that could bring out strong feelings and loyalty in the reader. There was not closure for a few the character issues put forward in the book. Most notably is why the one son was not recognized so he could inherit some of the fortune.

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