A couple of years ago I stumbled upon The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, and it quickly became one of my Top 10 favorite books. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Yet at the end of the book I felt as though I had so many unanswered questions, and wanted to know what came next for Lavinia and the other characters I had come to love. Then a few weeks ago I discovered that a sequel had finally been written!
Glory Over Everything does not pick up right where The Kitchen House leaves off, but follows the life of Jamie Pyke, who is the son of Belle. The struggles that Jamie endures trying to hide the secrets as to who he really is, and the past that could condemn him to slavery, or worse, begin in the heart of Philadelphia, and lead to a cotton plantation in the Carolinas. I loved the way Grissom makes you feel as though you know the characters personally, and are there on the journey with them. I had a hard time putting the book down, but once it was finished I had finally found the answers I was seeking at the end of The Kitchen House, but was left wanting to know what the future holds for James.
I would give this book 4.5 out of 5! I absolutely loved it, and hope that Grissom follows this book up with yet another amazing novel.