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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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By angela williams on 06-09-18

Wow!

Excellent book! This book kept me wanting to listen past my bedtime. I couldn’t go to sleep wondering what would next. Need to find another great story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne C Cave on 06-14-18

A Great Listen

A very good read, this story has twists and turns I did not expect. The narrators did a great job of adding emotion and drama into their performance. It kept me enthralled until the very end.

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