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    Glory Over Everything

    Wonderfully written and mesmerising. You need to read The Kitchen House first to truly understand the story and the characters. An excellent sequel!
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    Profoundly Moving

    I couldn't put this book down. After reading the Kitchen House for the second time because it too was such a wonderful, heartwrenching story, I happened upon this continuation of the characters and had to read it. Ms Grissom has truly captured and portrayed the story her characters wanted us so much to know. Absolutely beautiful and the best I have read in a very long time.
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    Good title

    The premise of the story was good. I thought the lead character James was far fetched. It did not hold my interest all the way through. It rushed through the scenes. A good book for young adults or teens.
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    Loved it more than the first one!

    I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I really like how it built off of characters that were in the Kitchen House but were not developed. It's nice that you can read it either as a stand alone or as part of a series. I actually wouldn't mind if there was another book and the author made this a trilogy. I really enjoyed how the author examined multiple points of view of slaves and former slaves in America. Its horrifying to think that this happened in such recent history and the viewpoints that were being espoused.
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    "There Was Such a Glory Over Everything"

    ”I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now I was free. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven.” – Harriet Tubman This beautiful quote introduces the sequel to The Kitchen House. Glory Over Everything is an apt title as this book is ultimately about freedom from slavery and freedom from its stigma. It is narrated with smoothly rotating chapters between James, Caroline, Pan, and Sukey. James’ mother is a mulatto and his father was white. When he fled the south for Philadelphia he was only 13 years old and scared. Henry, an escaped slave, saved his life and set him on his way to live a white man’s life where his fortunes took a very positive turn. He meets Caroline, the daughter of influential Philadelphians, and falls deeply in love. However, their romance is doomed. She is already married, and he has secrets to hide. Pan, Henry’s 12 year old son, is abducted by slave traffickers and put on a ship destined for the Deep South. Henry pleads for James’ help in recovering him and James goes, partly to recover from a bad situation and partly because he knows that he owes Henry a huge debt for saving his life when he was young. From here, the story becomes darker and so filled with frightening and horrific events that I could hardly read fast enough. My heart was literally pounding in places, and felt like it was breaking to pieces in other places. There are times when all hope of escaping their predicaments seemed impossible, and there are times when the unlikeliest of souls turned out to be angels of assistance in disguise. These two books, The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything, are truly important books. They tell stories that are both familiar and new; stories that are heartbreaking and uplifting. They tell stories of taking strides toward freedom and the cost for some as well as the triumph for others.
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