Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
If you read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, then you have met Belle, the kitchen slave, Sukey, a slave infant taken from her mother and left at Tall Oakes, Lavinia, a white endentured servant working at Tall Oakes and Jamie Pyke, the son of Belle and the master of Tall Oaks, Marshall Pyke.
Now we learn the rest of the story as Jamie is living in Philadelphia as a white silversmith. His story continues as he is adopted by a wealthy white family in Philadelphia and on their passing, inherits their fortune. All the while he is keeping his secret about his heritage. But secrets can't be kept forever and eventually James Burton must face his past.
This book is so well written, just like the first one and I recommend it to any one who likes historical fiction around the early 1800's. I listened to this story as an audio and the narrators were fabulous.
Although this story in mainly about Jamie Pyke's life, a good part of the story involves Sukey and a young woman named Addie, whose family comes to his rescue in a most important way. So I am going to link it to Women's Fiction Reading Challenge because both of these women shaped the future of black's in America at a time when the nation was struggling with the wrong of slavery.
Read or listen to this story and The Kitchen House. They do not have to be read together or in succession, but your experience will be enhanced if you read them that way.