This was a great book. A really intense book but so, so good. Once again I couldn't put it down. It is about an orphaned Irish girl who becomes a slave. She finds her "family" in the black slaves who also serve the household. She is young and does not see the color of her skin as different from the other slaves but they know one day she will be the one in the big house. The story is told from two viewpoints, Lavinia the Irish girl and Belle, a black slave. The book really brings you into the story and leaves you sad at all the wrong done to slaves, appalled at the secrets in families and proud of those that stood with kindness no matter skin color. "What the color is, who the daddy be, who the mama is don't mean nothin'. We a family, carin' for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin' of family." We are all family, all attached to one another in some way. We all can help each other, doesn't matter where we came from, where we are going or what we look like, we are called to help others. This book shows that clearly. It was a heartbreakingly good book. I'm always astounded that slavery is a part of America's history, it grieves me. And I know forms of it still exist today. God weeps for those that others call outcasts and He loves them just as much. May we right the wrongs that have been done.