The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom

The Kitchen House

By Kathleen Grissom

  • Release Date: 2010-02-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
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Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

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.


  • Incredible

    By lolosquared
    I never leave reviews on books but this book.... captivated me from the start. I couldn’t put it down and sad to finish it.
  • Kitchen House

    By Book Angle
    Best book ever!!!
  • One of the best books I’ve ever read!

    By Mel7350
    I could not put this book down!! It was so good. I absolutely loved every minute of it.
  • Favorite novel

    By ESK2019
    I didn't want to put it down!
  • Great Read

    By SheReads23
    I lovedddddd this book and I recommend it to any and everyone to read
  • Good but bad

    By Jenn808
    Such a good book to read until you get to the end. Why would you end it this way??? So disappointed!
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

    By Gigi_1105
    The characters literally jumped off the pages for me. I cared about each one, almost from the start. I lost sleep be cause I was fully engaged. Hope this one becomes a movie; although from minds eye I have already seen it!!!
  • Amazing!!!

    By SuziC19
    I could not put this book down! It's very seldom that I find a book that keeps me so engaged. Hard to imagine how much suffering people endured and still were able to persevere. Would have liked another chapter. Excellent!!
  • Well done!

    By Motofan99
    Certainly not my typical read, with vividly dark moments, yet I couldn't put it down. I found the characters well-rounded and found the story captivating even though the story spanned so many years.
  • A Must Read!

    By A B Ames
    I have read this book over fifty times since I purchased this over two years ago📖 I felt like I knew each character...I know that's how the author wants you to feel. So powerful, well written and amazing