The Kitchen House is disturbing, amazing, enlightening, and depressing all at the same time and I highly recommend it to anyone who reads or listens to books. Think The Help characters before emancipation.
Told through the eyes of Belle and Lavinia, it spans twenty years.
In 1791 Lavinia arrives from Ireland, both of her parents died during the crossing and seven year old Lavinia becomes an indentured servant to the ship's Captain, a man who also owns a plantation and slaves. The Captain seems oblivious to how the slaves are treated by the cruel overseer, as his only contact is with the kitchen slaves.
Lavinia is given into the care of Belle and Mamma Mae, but Lavinia lives with Belle. Belle, although born a slave, is also the daughter of the Captain.