The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom was on my list of reads for a long time and I just never got around to it until I finished a book on a plane with two hours left and it was the other unread option on my Nook.
I am sorry I waited so long as this historical novel captured my attention right from the get go.
Seven year old Lavinia is saved by a wealthy plantation owner after being orphaned at sea. This white servant girl is then left to live and work with the slaves in the kitchen house. She becomes closely attached to her new "family" but upsets the order of the plantation by being a white person in slave quarters.
As she grows up she learns the world is much more complicated than her little kitchen house home. She forced to learn that whites and blacks are seen as very different. This makes her question her adopted family, her loves and her loyalties.
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