The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have such mixed feelings about this book. The good: It's an excellent read. The writing is great and I loved the characters. It was a can't-put-down read!
The bad, though: I couldn't help but thinking OMG, how much more cr*p are these people going to have to deal with??? In one book, we have murders, rapes, incest, child molestation, alcoholism, drug abuse, adultery, insanity, stillbirths and miscarriages, and just plain old miscellaneous deaths. It was just too much. Way too much! In fact, it was so much that after just the first quarter of the book, I didn't even feel that emotional about it anymore. Parts of the book that should have been guaranteed tear-jerkers left me feeling emotionally void - I was on overload.
Now, all that said -- I also don't like other authors that are very popular, who I feel play deliberately on emotions (Jodi Picoult comes to mind). So if you are a fan of that type of fiction, then by all means grab this one up - you'll love it! It really is well-written with great characters and a great story.
But if you want more subtlety, you may want to skip this one.
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Oh this is a good book I can tell. Thanks for sharing.
- kitchen units enthusiast
This is a wonderful book. The characters are developed beautifully and I found myself emotionally tied to them in short order. It isn't the kind of book that you read for simple enjoyment. Though I did thoroughly enjoy it, and it has a lovely message, that message is presented in an unforgettable fashion that kept me thinking about it for quite some time after I had closed the last page.
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