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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.
In time 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 bonds.
©2010 Kathleen Grissom (P)2017 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By 80sGirl on 05-24-18

Captivating....

I enjoyed this story from beginning to end. The narration and actor portrayal of the characters pulled me into the story.

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By Anonymous User on 05-14-18

loved it!

loved the entire story line, development of characters. many twists I did not expect. narration is perfect.

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