The Kitchen Mistress

The Kitchen Mistress

by kathleen shoop


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THE KITCHEN MISTRESS--Katherine's Story-The Letter Series-Book 3

For every woman who's had to choose between the secrets that protect her and the people she loves the most...

1892-Des Moines

Katherine Arthur and her family are back and it's time to collect the money Mrs. Mellet left them in her will. The tidy sum will allow the family peace of mind and a future that's stable and fulfilling. But when things don't go exactly as planned, Katherine steps up to do more than her share. Hired as a kitchen mistress, her intuition (with the help of a mysterious recipe book), cooking prowess, and work ethic make her the perfect partner for the enigmatic, wealthy woman next door. Then Aleksey Zurchenko arrives.

Violet Pendergrass is a well-heeled, progressive woman with half a fortune in one hand and a plan for enduring prosperity in the other. Resourceful, shrewd, and tough, Violet doesn't realize her one and only weakness leaves her vulnerable as she attempts to solidify her independence in a 19th century world. She sees unparalleled value in Katherine's gifts and does her best to keep the girl close, to keep her true work secret from her mother and the world.

Katherine's loyalties to her mother and Violet grow strained and soon her commitment to both frays even further as her feelings for Aleksey grow. Katherine must decide if pursuing her work with the formidable Violet and protecting her family are more important than following love. Can she do it all? Love, hope, joy, secrets buried in walls and hearts; all are threatened by those who claim to care about the Arthurs. Can Katherine separate what's right and true from what it takes to survive? Are they even different things?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519301413
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Letter Series , #3
Pages: 740
Sales rank: 529,915
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women's fiction and romance. Shoop's novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers' Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer's Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

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The Kitchen Mistress 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
EbethTowns More than 1 year ago
Katherine and her family are just on the verge of gaining back financial independence lost to them many years ago. Even though she is just 15 years old, she’s suddenly faced – again, with burdensome adult decisions that can affect not only her future, but those of the people she loves the most. Nothing goes as planned and not very much as it seems on the surface. Shoop is a masterful writer, weaving the story of Arthur family through generations, expanding the narrative to country and city, friend and enemy – until it feels like you are a part of the story. Although the Kitchen Mistress is Book 3 in a series, it stands alone, Katherine’s coming of age, her defining of sorts. In this book, she has to determine who is for her and who is not. More than that, Katherine has to to protect herself, how to choose herself. Her mother has become less strong and solid than she was in Katherine’s youth, and Violet Pendergrass, the progressive advocate for women who gives Katherine so much hope, may not be as trustworthy as she first believed. The Kitchen Mistress is engaging, well crafted, and surprising at every turn. ****I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review
CryssieAddis More than 1 year ago
I rated this book a 4 out of 5. It took me a little bit to get into and didn’t capture me right away BUT as I continued to read, I started to get sucked in. This ended up being a great book, even for a reader who doesn’t generally read historical books. I felt connected with the characters, especially Katherine. Katherine is a strong woman who tries so hard for herself and her family and who continued to believe in herself throughout the story. I love to read about strong women like Katherine, so I really enjoyed getting to know her better. I highly encourage you to get this book, cozy up by the fire with a cup of coffee and enjoy a great evening of good reading!
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I jumped into this series at book two and was excited when this one was ready for reviews! My husband opened it up, saw that it was over 700 pages, and just shook his head at me. He knew I was gone for a few days!! I curled up on a rainy weekend and took myself back in time. The historical aspect to this series envelopes you with such detail that it feels like you're literally watching while hovering above all of the characters.  Jeanie and her family have been through some of the most difficult and painful situations. Just when you feel like they can't take any more, the family is dealt the hand of being homeless and struggling to obtain the basics needs of life. A bit of hope comes in Miss Violet's offer of a place to live and work but as with everything in life, there are still complications that come along with it.  I loved how Kathleen Shoop takes the time period and wraps it into an intriguing story about a young woman who is wise beyond her years. She's had a hard life but in each tribulation, I feel this young woman blossoms even more into her own self - including finding a special gift that could rip her family apart even more or possibly bring them closer. Only time will tell! This book pulled a lot of things together for me as well as opened new doors. The anticipation is almost unbearable for the next in the series! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions below are 100% my own.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
Katherine Shoop is a talented writer who takes you on a journey in time and through personal trials and tribulations in The Kitchen Mistress. Let's start with this is book three in a series. I never read books one and two yet loved book three. The Kitchen Mistress can definitely be read as a standalone. I, though, am now going to buy books one and two because I want to read them. Katherine is a very young woman by today's standards. Just fifteen. Yet in the late 1800s, that was marrying age. Katherine, though, feels very responsible for her family. They have been split up but are now back together and she wants to see that they stay that way. The book goes through her relationship with her mother. It also brings a former neighbor from the prairie back into the story. Aleksey has feelings for Katherine he cannot quite put into words or he is afraid to do so. Then, it concentrates on the growing odd relationship between Katherine and her employer, Violet Pendergrass. Each of these relationships pulls Katherine in a different direction. How does she decide which is the right direction? I definitely recommend you pick up The Kitchen Mistress. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
I have waited so long for this book to release, it has been my most anticipated read of all the books I have. The Letter Series grabbed hold of me from the first book of this amazing historical and emotional series, the era, the characters, their struggles have been so captivating to follow. It's been quite a while since reading the previous book so I was delighted that the author had included past events to jog my memory and also great for anyone who hasn't yet read the book 1, although I urge you to do so as that is what started my love of this series and the amazing author, Kathleen Shoop. After so much turmoil Jeanie and her children are together as a family should be, yet after another cruel blow they are left homeless in the town of Des Moines where past events are still held against them in many quarters. Living hand to mouth, desperate to find somewhere to live and be able to stay together, they find a glimmer of hope for better times in the shape of Miss Violet, who gives them jobs and a place to live. Jeanie tends to the gardens while Katherine becomes the kitchen mistress, and I could have sat and read about their daily chores all day long as the author brings them to life so vividly. Yet Katherine has a hidden talent, a talent that could save them all or reduce them to poverty yet again. When Miss Violet uncovers her secret Katherine feels the immense pressure of keeping the family together and will do anything she can to make it happen, she may have had to grown up very quickly but her young age still makes her vulnerable and unaware of the situations around her and the lies being told. Will her risk to save her family from further hardships be worth it or will it bring more heartache? Will they encounter even more despair as events unfold? Absolutely unstoppable reading, The Letter Series has made such a connection with me, the characters, who now feel like family, warm my heart through their stories and their desperate times, my emotions were pulled as as I continue to want to keep them from harm after all they have been through. The author connects the reader to the past and brings the old era to life so vividly, it simply fascinates me, I didn't want to put it down, a never ending book is the only way to fulfill my needs! Reading The Kitchen Mistress is like reading a film, the whole story is brought to life in the readers mind through Kathleen Shoop's magnificent writing, you are there in Des Moines watching the characters play out their scenes, feeling their emotions with them, gripped to find out more. A story filled with hope, love, despair and the power of never giving up, and I love every single moment with the Arthurs and am now desperately awaiting their next story.