Best book I've read yet this year! I was so sad to say goodbye to these characters!! I can't believe this is a debut novel for this author. She did an outstanding job developing the characters in just 350ish pages. I recommend this book for my reading friends. I don't see how you could be disappointed. Please consider the topic and realize their will be some hard to read scenes and a few graphic scenes. This is an adult book and not appropriate for children.
Summary from amazon:
In this gripping New
York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving
plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark
secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the
Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white
Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an
indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate
slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while
guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.
Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the
master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet
protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and
big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and
the other slaves.
Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle,
Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful
story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial