Author: Kathleen Grissom
Genre: Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3.5/5 (good)
Yearly Count: 35
Lavinia, a young girl, is orphaned on her travels to the USA from Ireland and is brought to a tobacco plantation to work and live with the slaves as an indentured servant. In time, she earns herself a place in the big house and her life turns upside down.
This was not as gripping as other books I have read on slavery, but I still had some curiosity. The major problem was that I was not drawn to Lavinia. Or maybe I was drawn, but she never delivered. I did like some of the slaves, but there wasn't a lot of depth to them either. Overall, I think it was a good story (maybe a little over the top, though), but the underdeveloped characters was a major flaw and caused this reader to not connect.