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The Kitchen House
The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
Now available in hardcover for the first timein this gripping New York Times bestseller and book club favorite, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.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 masters 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 masters 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, Grissoms debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I absolutely loved this book. Although I adore history, I haven't read much of the American slavery and plantation era. This book told a story of struggle, love, misery and overcoming, underpinned by deep-rooted issues.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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This book came highly recommended by a fellow history lover. Very excited to get into it.

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GinaKButler
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This is one of those books it‘s seems everyone has read except me. Finally getting to it!

It‘s also my August #bookspin (a little late)
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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AmyK1
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The #letterK was another hard one. I only have a few but this is definitely a good one. #alphabetgame

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Ann_Reads Good choice! I've read a lot of positive reviews for this HF novel but never seem to get around to reading it. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 4mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Bailedbailed

1/5⭐ Way too much depressing melodrama, no emotional connection to the characters, Belle's short and unnecessary POV chapters, and characters acting one-dimensionally and unrealistically (seriously, the Captain listens to Mama Mae on everything except the tutor abusing his son? so obvious that's there just to move the plot along). #bookspinbingo

hissingpotatoes I really did try, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! I can see why people would like the developing found family aspect centered in the kitchen house, but it just wasn't for me. 14mo
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whatkhrysreads
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This book ripped my heart to shreds! I honestly felt like I needed a hug throughout. The content is very heavy but it‘s a quick read as it is so very, very well written. Kudos to the author and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me.

Nute All these years later this remains one of my most favorite stories! So happy to see that you enjoyed it.🤗 11mo
whatkhrysreads @Nute I did. Have you read the sequel? 11mo
Nute I did read the sequel. I didn‘t enjoy it as much as the first book. The author rose to the occasion…she is a fantastic storyteller and seems to do a great amount of research regarding the historical events and atmosphere, but the protagonist, I didn‘t really feel any empathy towards him. Have you read it? What did you think? 11mo
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Auntynanny
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I listened to this on audio and I really enjoyed it. It alternates between two women's points of view. One is an Irish girl who is an indentured servant and the other is a mixed-race slave in the same home. Both live and work in “The Kitchen House.“ The back and forth between them is very interesting and does a good job of highlighting the differences and similarities in their situations.

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Lynnsoprano
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I really enjoyed this book. Some of the scenes are heart-wrenching, some gruesome, and it‘s not an easy story. It‘s narrated from two perspectives: Lavinia, the Irish immigrant orphan who is raised by the plantation slaves, and Belle, a slave who is the daughter of the owner. Intricately woven, memorable characters, this will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended.

Caroline2 I really liked this one too. 💕 2y
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Lynnsoprano
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It‘s a dreary, rainy day, perfect for reading my book and having a nice cuppa in a Jane Austen mug.

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Lynnsoprano
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I‘ve read so much on my Kindle the past few months, and sometimes you just need a physical book in your hands. I went digging in our shelves and found this, which I bought a couple years ago but never read. I think now is a good time.

megnews I‘ve been reading kindle the last year and recently did the same thing and it was amazing. Also I love this book. 2y
intothehallofbooks I thought the same thing this morning-so much Kindle reading lately. So I also grabbed a print book so I could turn some real pages!! You chose a great book. 2y
Johanna414 I loved this book! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Looks good! 2y
Bandrea I really enjoyed this book! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's the book, but throughout most of this one I was bored. I appreciate what the author was trying to do with addressing the evils of slavery and the injustice of it all, but the writing just felt blah. 😕

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes authors forget they need to have an engaging story to go with their message... 2y
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MelKelsey
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Though it starts slow, The Kitchen House is incredibly engaging. The story is about a young indentured servant on a plantation, who's cared for by the slaves. As an adult, she's surprised to be a part of white society and upset to no longer be part of the family who raised her. The end is extremely dissatisfying and abrupt. The idea came to Grissom as a vision, to which some historical accuracy is ascribed. 3.5 stars

Djspens There‘s a sequel if that helps 🤷🏻‍♀️ loved them both!!! 2y
MelKelsey @Djspens yes!!!! That helps so much!! Thank you!!! 2y
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jennbee
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@howjessreads @4thhouseontheleft #friyayintro

1. My front porch with a cup of coffee ☕️
2. Chocolate covered cashews
3. The Kitchen House
4. Just my cat Frodo, but he is more than a handful!

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Blueberry
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1. The Kitchen House
2. Kat Kijewski
3. Killing Eve
4. The Kinks
5. Killing Me Softly

#LetterK #ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤☺️ 3y
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BeaG
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Deep

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AmyK1
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I‘m glad I reread this before reading Glory Over Everything, since I didn‘t remember a lot of it. The story of Lavinia and her adopted family on the plantation is tragic and sometimes difficult to read.

Letter K for #litsyAtoZ

canbku Ooooh, i loved this when i read it, but i don't think i could go through those tough moments again! 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
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I‘ve had this one for a while and just hadn‘t gotten to it. Lately I keep seeing things about it so I took it as a sign that it was time to read it.
I‘m about 25 pages in and so far it‘s not bad.

TamTracy I loved this book! Enjoy! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This was a good book. 3y
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Djspens
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When the author hopes you like her book 😁 #fangirl

aeeklund This is honestly my favorite thing about social media! 3y
Judybskt I loved that book! 3y
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Djspens
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A beautiful written story about a dark period of our country's past. An orphaned white girl is sent to be raised in the kitchen house with the slaves, one being the plantation owner's illegitimate daughter. follow Lavinia as she grows close to her new family, is sent away to be raised as a respectable white girl and ends up back at a plantation with a family of her own. There's plenty of heartbreak as you fall in love with some of the characters

ljuliel Sounds good. Great review. 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Very much enjoyed this one! 3y
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Djspens
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This is what I'm doing on this cold, snowy Friday in eastern Iowa. I'm really enjoying this book.

Booknerd2 I‘m in Davenport and it is miserable!!! Where are you? 3y
Djspens @Booknerd2 Monticello and snowing like crazy 3y
Booknerd2 @Djspens here too! My son went to school at Cornell and did some lighting for Jim McDonough‘s Christmas show. I spent a few hours in Monticello one Thanksgiving. 3y
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Djspens @Booknerd2 lol I just talked to Jim this week. #smalltown 3y
Booknerd2 @dispensed I‘ve seen his show a couple times. He truly seems like a nice man. Was sure nice to my son. 3y
Djspens @Booknerd2 He's very nice! He has several family members that live and work in our community. A nice family 😁 3y
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smjohns
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I enjoyed this book. The struggle and ultimate demise of the central family was heartbreaking but right alongside is the resilience of Lavinia. I love books about the South and this one was a pleasure!!

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Kshakal
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Wow... what a book!! I found it fascinating, heartbreaking, and uplifting all at the same time. I haven‘t read a lot about slavery and the antebellum south but if I can find more books like this I will for sure read them!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen You might like 3y
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Kshakal
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A perfect evening... a good book, a mound of blankets and chewie!

kspenmoll What a cutie! 😻 3y
brit91 😻😻😻😻😻 3y
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AmberWB
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This was excellent—and a tear jerker. I couldn‘t put it down, even if it did make me cry in public. 😊 This is also another example of me finding out that there is a sequel to this book and immediately ordering it from Amazon. 😁 I have zero self control. 🤷‍♀️

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kristankremer
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Found this on my TBR list on Goodreads while browsing the library. I don't remember adding it, but I'm happy I did. Looks interesting!

TheBookHippie I enjoyed this one way more than I anticipated!! 3y
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nichollinlove
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I was determined to like this book after I read a bad review about the white author telling the story from a black slave's POV. I didn't have an issue with that so much as I did the story panning out half way through the book. It seemed melodramatic and the main character became very wishy-washy, when she was so tenacious and firm in herself to start. The book ties up neatly at the end and I will read the companion novel Glory over Everything. ⭐⭐⭐

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TamTracy
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I listened to this audiobook and absolutely loved it. The narrators did an amazing job telling this story with emotion. This story captivated me from the beginning. Can‘t wait to read the sequel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CharismaRaven13 What is the book about? 3y
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Lisa0223
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This book has now made my top ten favorites list. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Caroline2 I loved this book too. 👍🏻 3y
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
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nichollinlove I'm just picking this one up today! Your review makes me excited to read it! 3y
Lisa0223 @nichollinlove Let me know what you think of it 3y
nichollinlove I finally finished the book, I have mixed feelings about it. Not in my top 10 but I liked it well enough that I want to read Glory over Everything in hopes of revisiting some of my favorite characters. 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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A compelling & gritty book about life on a tobacco plantation at the turn of the 19 century. A girl orphaned during her passage to the United States from Ireland, becomes an indentured servant. Her life is heavily influenced by Belle, a slave who is the daughter of the plantation master. The girl is soon torn between the slaves, who have become her family, and the plantation owners who share her skin colour. A sad but ultimately hopeful story

LatrelWhite On my TBR pile😊 3y
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Surban
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Mehso-so

I liked this book, but I struggle with books that include the point of view of slaves that are written by white authors. The story was good, and though it did discuss some horrible treatment of slaves, there were still a lot of white savior moments.

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RhianJMartin
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keepingupwiththepenguins What a gorgeous stack!! 😍 😍 😍 3y
RhianJMartin @keepingupwiththepenguins Thank you! So glad you like it! 😊 3y
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DonnaZ
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Mehso-so

The novel gave insight into the communal living that existed during slavery. It showed how family goes beyond bloodlines and color. I enjoyed that part. However the ending was a disappointment. Some of the characters could have been developed more and would have enjoyed more description. Easy read that keeps you going.

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Denisereads75
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I‘m glad I finally decided to read this novel that has been on my TBR list forever. It quickly pulled me in and I kept wanting to turn the pages. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the pacing of the novel. ⁣

Crazeedi Good story, havent read sequel yet 3y
Caroline2 I really liked this one too. 👍🏻 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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Bailedbailed

I'm officially throwing in the towel. And so is Miss Breezy. #dogsoflitsy

krayoncolorz I‘m an hour and a half in and struggling... 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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Does anyone else feel such dread about bad things that are clearly about to happen that you find yourself avoiding the book you're reading?

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bookandbedandtea
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This is heart breaking. #CurrentRead

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KCorter
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I never expected that working in a library would give me less time to read... But here I am starting my first paper book in months.

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azulaco
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Finally getting around to this one. I remember people raving about this book. I‘m liking it fine, but not sure I‘d rave about it. Plus, a book about slavery where one of the main POV characters is a white indentured servant? I‘m thinking that the people who were outraged over ‘Green Book‘ winning the Best Picture Oscar year would have something to say about this. I just find it strange. I‘m listening to the audiobook, which is well done.

annahenke It took awhile for me to be convinced, but I thoroughly loved it by the end. You may change your mind. 4y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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This book has been on my TBR stack for at least a year or two now. I'm so glad I finally got to it! Beautifully written, deeply moving, important and powerful! A must read!

megnews One of my all time favorites. Stays with you a long time. 4y
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews , I certainly believe it will! 4y
tammysue 💗 4y
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BittersweetBooks
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How can I ever thank you, Ben, for helping me the way you did?
You my family, Abinia, he replied
My throat was so tight I could scarcely reply. As you are mine, I said 🧡

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Kmmsellers
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Last day of teaching for the semester (grading begins next week). Fall colors and crisp air on our walk today. A new audiobook. And takeout for dinner. Not a bad day at all.

Susannah Sounds wonderful. That‘s a beautiful tree. I miss autumn colors. My current town tends to conduct autumn overnight. 😢 4y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture! 4y
Kmmsellers @Susannah we usually don‘t have much of a fall, either. It‘s been about three years since we‘ve had foliage like this. Even though it‘s late this year (and back up to 74 degrees today), I‘ll take what I can get 😉 4y
Kmmsellers @BarbaraBB thank you! 4y
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TheBookKeepers
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#lmpbc wrap up! Loved reading all of your comments on this one!! Heavy topics but I‘m glad you all enjoyed it still! #groupB Hopefully my next book isn‘t too sad @Johanna414 😐!!
@kellyann28 @hes7

Lynnsoprano This has been on my TBR and my shelf forever. I really need to read it! 4y
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Johanna414
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I accomplished nothing work related today, but I flew through the second half of this. I enjoyed it s lot more than I initially thought I would. I‘ve got to make some notes and then I‘ll be sending it along #lmpbc #groupb @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @hes7

kellyann28 I really enjoyed this one! I am a sucker for old southern stories though. 4y
keys_on_fire May have to move this one up the TBR stack! 4y
Johanna414 @kellyann28 it‘s not a genre I‘ve read much of so I didn‘t know what to expect 4y
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kellyann28 @Johanna414 I've read so many of the "old southern" genre that people might wonder about me. Lol ?‍♀️ 4y
TheBookKeepers I‘m glad you ended up enjoying it!! Excited to read everyone‘s notes! 4y
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers I put this in the mail today! 4y
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Johanna414
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I keep falling asleep while I put the kids to bed, so I‘ve barely been able to read any of this. Brought it in to work today, gave my 1st period class a free reading period and made some good progress on it! #lmpbc #schoollibraries #librariansoflitsy

Caroline2 I really enjoyed this book! 👍🏻 4y
Crazeedi Good read! 4y
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Johanna414
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Looking forward to starting this tonight! #lmpbc #groupb @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @hes7

kellyann28 I really liked this one! 4y
TheBookKeepers Yay! I recently snagged a copy of the sequel from my library sale! 4y
AmyG I teally liked this, too. 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I enjoyed this book a lot 4y
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hes7
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Bailedbailed

School has been kicking my butt this month, and I haven‘t had time to devote to reading beyond audiobooks. So, I‘m bailing on these two books—for now. I really want to finish them; I just can‘t right now.

I‘ll get both books in the mail tomorrow—The Kitchen House to you, @Johanna414 and I Capture the Castle to you, @Ingerella (I‘m sorry I‘ve kept it for so long!).

#LMPBC

Ingerella Sometimes the timing just isn't right. No worries! 4y
Johanna414 No problem! If you want, and it‘s ok with @TheBookKeepers , I can send The Kitchen House back to you after I read it 4y
TheBookKeepers I‘m fine with whatever 😊 4y
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hes7 @Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers Up to you! I‘d be happy to keep reading and making notes, but I likely won‘t have to time to devote to it until December... 4y
TheBookKeepers @Johanna414 you can just send it back to me when ur done so I can look through everyone‘s notes! Excited to see what everyone thought. @hes7 when you‘d like to pick it up again just tag me and I can mail it to you 💛 4y
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers @hes7 sounds like a plan 4y
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megnews
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📚Kitchen House
📝Kaye Gibbons
🎞Karate Kid
🥝 Kiwi
#manicmonday #letterk @JoScho

JoScho 💛💛💛 4y
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melissajayne
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I had first read the book in 2010 but I think without having the audiobook this time around, I would have glazed over much of the story this time as I did the first time. I really liked the depiction of both of the female protagonists and despite the topics that the novel depicts, I quite enjoyed it. An worthwhile read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2.

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melissajayne
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Working on this today #bookclub #summerreads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really liked this one. 4y
melissajayne @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego good to hear. Am enjoying it. 4y
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kellyann28
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hes7 Yay! 4y
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