A month or so ago I wrote another book review post and as it usually goes after finishing a good book I wonder what I am going to read next. I asked that very question last month and fortunately Tina came to my rescue. Tina has suggested several books to our book club and I thoroughly enjoyed everything she has come up with. She selects books that are well written and with characters that linger in your mind long after the last pages are read. When she gave me this title I knew it would be a good one. Thanks Tina. I was definitely not disappointed.
The Kitchen House is set in the South during the 1800's but before the Civil War. It is a story told from two different points of view. The first is that of a young immigrant girl. The girl, Lavinia, becomes an orphan while she and her family are traveling to America from Ireland. She is purchased by a plantation owner who brings her back to his home as an indentured servant. Lavinia is raised in the kitchen house with her new black family but ultimately is thrown into the privileged white world where she is forced to make many difficult choices.
The second point of view is that of a young woman who raises Lavinia like her own but must ultimately give her up to the life of privilege and comfort.
It is a story of compassion and conflict, good and evil, greed and generosity. A great read that could also make a compelling movie.
The only problem (again) is what to read next.
Tina? Are you reading this?
I would love suggestions from all of you. Whether you read it recently or years ago, if it was great I would love to hear about it.
Have a great weekend.