The Book Review | The Kitchen House + The Alice Network

Before I start, I can’t even begin to express how much I’ve enjoyed reading this year as a result of my one little word to illuminate myself more. I feel like I can’t devour enough books.

What a great feeling!

Here are my two most recent books that I’ve read…and loved.



The Kitchen House is about life in the time of slavery, but from the perspective of an Irish indentured servant child and her life as she grows on this estate. The dynamics of a white child serving in a ‘slave’ capacity creates a very interesting story. Even though the story has it’s sad moments–it was a very difficult and awful time, after all–the story was just a wonderful read. It didn’t end how I hoped, but life is often like that. :)

The Alice Network had me engaged right from the start. The characters were mysterious and fascinating and it only grew and grew as it went along and more were introduced. Love that this book is based on true events and people and mixed with fictional characters to create quite a story. If I’d read that in a synopsis, I didn’t remember, so it was a surprise to find that out at the end of the book with information that the author shares as to what was fact and what was fiction.

The book is based in WWI and the end of WWII times, flipping between the life of an older lady (a spy from The Alice Network in WWI) who has gone on a search with a young lady after WWII and how those two lives intertwine. The only thing that I didn’t like was a couple of choice words. I’m somewhat accustomed to seeing the ‘f word’ in books on occasion (and I’m not a fan), but this one used the ‘c word’ a couple times and I don’t think it’s necessary. That’s just my somewhat prudish stance on certain words. :) 


When all is said and done though, these were two really good books to read. I thoroughly enjoyed them! However, speaking of being prudish, both aren’t entirely ‘clean’ as far as ‘relations’ moments go (you’ll never find me in the Harlequin Romance section–haha). But you can kind of skim through/past it. They aren’t all too descriptive, but moments are there if that’s of concern. Still worth the read. :) 


2017-11-17T06:16:07+00:00November 17th, 2017|books|1 Comment

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  1. Tracy Grandas November 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Thanks so much for your reviews on the books! I was looking at The Alice Network, glad you liked it. And I agree with you on the “choice” words…not always necessary. Why do they have to do that?? There’s a little part in my friend Anita’s book like that…but the book overall is fantastic!

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