Recommended: “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom


Melanie Cluley, a Generalist in the Human Resources department, wanted to pass along her recommendation of Kathleen Grissom’s first novel, The Kitchen House (which is available on our library Kindles).  Here’s the description from the publisher’s website:

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail.

For more information about the book and Ms. Grissom herself, visit her profile on or her own website.

Want to read it?  Well, we currently have it uploaded to all five of the library’s Kindles, so if you haven’t stopped by to ask us about our Kindle program yet, you now have a reason to do so!