By Kathleen Grissom
3 out of 5 stars
A few years ago, I stumbled across a little gem of a book. I thought it sounded good and didn’t really go into expecting to fall in love with it, but I did. It was titled The Kitchen House and this book is a continuation of that, in a way. It is subtitled Beyond the Kitchen House. And as in the first book, it tackles the subject of slavery and the prejudice surrounding it. Jamie Pyke has moved on from his past at Tall Oaks plantation. He has successfully passed as white and has been living his life under the tutelage of Mr.Burton, a silversmith. He eventually is adopted by the Burtons. He also falls in love with Caroline, a woman who is married and yet they conduct an affair, leading to a pregnancy. Before he can tell her his story, Pan, a young boy who works for him, is missing and sold into slavery. When Caroline’s father finds out the truth, Jamie leaves to find Pan, taking the baby with him. As he searched for Pan, he becomes involved in the dangers of the Underground Railroad and is united with Sukey, someone who worked for his father.
I wanted to love this book. I hoped to love this book. I thought I would love this book. But, though I did like it, I didn’t fall in love with it like I did The Kitchen House. It was very slow in the beginning and it reached a very exciting conclusion but it took so long to get there. And though I liked Pan, he really didn’t do that much for the story except for Jamie to have a reason to head back home. It’s not a bad book, by any means. She is such a great writer. It just didn’t live up to the expectations held over from the first book.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.