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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.