Orphaned while aboard ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia works as an indentured servant alongside the slaves in the kitchen of a tobacco plantation. Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, takes Lavinia under her wing, and the young Irish girl eventually becomes bonded to her adopted family. Yet, as she grows, she is also accepted into the “big house” by the master’s wife who struggles with opium addiction. Lavinia must learn to straddle two worlds until the day comes when she is forced to make a choice.
The Kitchen House is a debut novel filled with suspense, heart ache, love and humor.