|New York: Touchstone, 2010.|
As I started I was quickly caught-up in the tale of Lavinia, a young Irish girl, who becomes an indentured servant upon her arrival in America and is raised in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation by a woman named Belle, the daughter of a slave and her master.
This book has it all: love, laughter, cruelty and despair. The resulting story is one of love, acceptance, and family.
Grissom's writing was beautiful and satisfying. She used two point of views, Lavinia's and Belle's, and I was always eager to get back to the other character and see what they were thinking/doing. Grissom's dialogue and setting made the story and the emotions and desires of the characters immediate and real. She brought a late Eighteenth/early Nineteenth Century southern plantation to life and with it the lives of Lavinia, Belle and their entire family.
I highly recommend this book and will definitely be finding more of Kathleen Grissom's books to read in the future.