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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  30,042 ratings  ·  3,304 reviews
The latest New York Times bestseller from the author of the beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House is a heart racing story about a man’s treacherous journey through the twists and turns of the Underground Railroad on a mission to save the boy he swore to protect. Glory Over Everything is “gripping…breathless until the end” (Kirkus Reviews).

The year is 1830 and Jamie
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Simon Schuster
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Lisa Bast It can stand alone. The author reminds you who any previous characters are that come up and you might find it comes back to you as you read. But it's …moreIt can stand alone. The author reminds you who any previous characters are that come up and you might find it comes back to you as you read. But it's just fine on it's own if you don't. Loved Kitchen House and I liked this one even more!(less)

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Elyse  Walters
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Sooo GOOD!!!!
JUST ....OH MY GOSH.....***SOOOOOO GOOD***!!!!!!

Anyone who read "The Kitchen House", and found it hard to put down....
(pre-civil war, set on a Southern plantation slaves...with catastrophe after catastrophe), ....will 'not' be disappointed - at all- with "The Glory of Everything".
I think I liked it BETTER!!! The story takes off where "The Kitchen House" ends...
but absolutely this is also a stand alone novel. There were less snowballing- tragedy after tragedy scenes
Angela M
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of this book because of how much I loved The Kitchen House. I was so anxious to get this book that I requested it from two sources just to increase my odds of getting it . I was fortunate enough to receive a digital copy from both and I thank NetGalley and Edelweiss as well as the publisher, Simon & Schuster and Kathleen Grissom.

This is the story of James Burton, or Jamie Pyke as we knew him as a child in the first book. James was raised as white b
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always had a soft spot when it comes to slavery stories. They scream with emotion, of inhumanity, of savagery. Yet, they can also embrace with compassion and love. And although I detest they happened, I'm always compelled to read them and think there is a sliver of truth in all.

In this narrative, a missing negro boy sends Burton, a black man so fair skinned he has been living the life of a white man, on a search back to the southern states where his freedom is threatened from a past he l
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Where, then, did I belong? Was my birth an accident of fate, or was my life intended to have some purpose?"

Jamie Pyke, fair-skinned son of a slave named Belle and a cruel master named Marshall, ran from his Virginian plantation home, his heritage and his fate at the age of thirteen. James Burton, wealthy Philadelphia businessman and heir to the silversmith shop and fortune of his kindly adoptive parents, has spent his teen years and adulthood hiding his former identity. When James falls for a b
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
”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 mul
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this but not as much as The Kitchen House. I adored Pan and would love to see a follow up to his story down the road. This can be read as a stand alone novel but recommend reading, or even, rereading The Kitchen House first. 4 stars.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed The Kitchen House and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book. Dare I say I this is a case where the sequel is better than the original?

Told through the perspectives of several narrators, Grissom tells the story of a family woven together (and torn apart) by the horrors of slavery in 1830's America. As in Grissom's earlier work, it's a plot-driven novel with many compelling and interconnected story lines. Though the book borders on melodrama, it is engaging, and I
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mmd
I'm on a role with my ratings recently and this one is no different. I started reading it on my trip to CA, but couldn't get into it. Started it again once I was back and I couldn't put it down. Glory picks up after The Kitchen House and follows Jamie Pyke as he navigates life after escaping Rankin, Master Marshall, and the plantation he lived on. Jamie lives as a white man, painting for a living, and enjoying the perks of a socialite in Philadelphia. It all changes when his secret parentage is ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an egalley. I chose to listen to a finished audio copy.

Jamie Pike from The Kitchen House is now James Burton, wealthy silversmith and artist of Philadelphia. I think I liked this more than the original, even though I've given them both 4 stars. There are some wonderful characters that we get to know, and James, although very well formed and sympathetic, was probably my least favorite, when compared to the truly great (and not as well formed) Robert
Connie G
Jamie Pyke, the son of a mean plantation owner and a biracial slave, had been raised by his grandmother in the plantation mansion as a white child. When he became 13 years old, his father planned to sell him into slavery. Jamie escaped to the North, but was in poor health when he reached Philadelphia. He was befriended by Henry, a former slave who cared for him until he regained his health. Henry knew that slave owners never stop looking for fugitives, and urged Jamie to pass for white. Jamie ap ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though this book is not due out until next April I just had to read it as soon as I was approved. I was granted an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Kathleen Grissom. I loved The Kitchen House and purchased it for several members of my family. I was absolutely thrilled that she wrote this follow up.

I was not disappointed. The story picks up many years after the The Kitchen House and we follow the life of Jaime Pyke who has moved to Philade
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Grissom’s debut - The Kitchen House - became a runaway hit via word-of-mouth and book club recommendations. This book follows one of the characters in the first book over several decades.

There is a good story idea here – Jamie / James is a “runaway” slave who is so light-skinned as to be able to pass for white, and he makes a success of himself in Philadelphia. When the young Negro boy he has taken into his household disappears, the boy’s father pleads with James to go to the south and retrieve
Shelagh Rice
This is a wonderful book. I really enjoyed the The Kitchen House and I loved this one. You can read it as a standalone but I found it richer having read The Kitchen House first. A black man, son of the Master raised as white by his grandmother. It's 1830 and he is living as a white man constantly looking over his shoulder fearing discovery. When a long time debt that needs to be repayed brings him back to the south it becomes fraught with danger, secrets and difficult memories. This book is enga ...more
I was delighted to learn what becomes of Jamie from The Kitchen House. He is now James Burke, passing for a white man and ends up doing quite well for himself, though he continues to hide the secret of his parentage. This makes him somewhat of a cold fish in my opinion, and so I had trouble "liking" him. Yet, Grissom makes him a believable character, like him or not. A man with a constant struggle of who he really is and a conflict of what is right and wrong. I felt he did not really know who h ...more
Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
“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 over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.”

-Harriet Tubman

I absolutely loved The Kitchen House and was thrilled when I heard Kathleen Grissom was writing a sequel. Though Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House is a stand-alone novel, I highly recommend reading The Kitchen House if you haven’t already.

James Burton (formerly
K. Elizabeth
Actual: 3.5/5

GLORY OVER EVERYTHING starts on a strong note, as it feels very much like The Kitchen House. Only, the characters are not the same even if the story continues from what happened in The Kitchen House; however, the main character is a child from the previous book, so it was interesting to see where he ended up with his life. At least, it was to me, given little Jamie murdered someone in the previous book.

That said, I wasn't a fan of the characters. With the previous book in this "seri
Bam cooks the books ;-)
In Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom continues the story of James Pyke, one of the characters from The Kitchen House. James is the son of the Tall Oaks plantation owner and one of his slaves, raised as white by his paternal grandmother, who escapes the South just as he is about to be sold as a slave.

James makes it to Philadelphia where he is helped by Henry, an older escaped slave who lives in fear himself of being recaptured and returned to the South. Henry encou
♥ Sandi ❣
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-have
WOW!!! Jamie, Sukey, Belle, Henry, the Tall Oakes plantation - they are all revisited and brought back to life.
This book centers on Jamie Pyke - now known as James Burton - who is passing himself off as a white man. He is adopted by a loving family that once gone leaves him not only a grand house, with servants, but a profitable silver shop, the same one that he apprenticed in. As a favor to Henry, James takes in his son Pan as kitchen help. Upon finding his aristocrat girlfriend pregnant, Jami
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Long time readers of my blog may remember that I loved Kathleen Grissom's book, The Kitchen House when I read it back in January 2012. It was a beautifully written emotional and gritty story about slavery. It's also a book that I frequently suggest to friends, family and customers at the library where I work who want a riveting historical fiction read.

Well, Grissom has done it again. In Glory Over Everything, the sequel to The Kitchen House, Grissom brings back some of her beloved characters and
Huge love and gratitude to Netgalley, Kathleen Grissom, Simon & Shuster, for providing me with this incredible book that consumed my life for a couple of days and will continue to occupy a piece of my heart and mind for a long time to come....

The Glory over Everything gets 5 bursting-at-the-seams stars from me, for the beautiful characters who stole my heart, for the fast pace, for the comfortable flow of the written words and dialect, for the intensity of the plot, the personal growth of the ch
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mix race ancestry, free black children and the constant threat of slave catchers kidnapping people off the streets of Philadelphia, this story pursues the urgent need to reclaim a black boy kidnapped and sold into southern slavery even at the risk of becoming a victim oneself. This was just a bit too predictable. The voices of the various narrators never sounded authentic, but rather as amateur approximations of parody. And, there were simply too many coincidences necessary to advance the plot f ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House as the name implies is a continuation of Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House, a story of plantation life in the 19th century. In Kitchen House, we followed the cruelty of slave owners and their overseers through the eyes of the young Irish indentured servant, Lavinia. Several characters introduced in the first book are mentioned in “Glory” but the main focus lies with young Jaime Pyke, a boy raised in the big house at Tall Oaks, assuming he was wh ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glory Over Everything is the exquisite and very praiseworthy second book by author Kathleen Grissom. After The Kitchen House, I knew that I would love (love-love-love) anything she produced. I’m glad she decided to write a story that picks up where the Kitchen House left off. Still, it’s important to acknowledge that this is not a sequel – it’s more of a parallel story, a little further in time - and I loved every page of it. Kathleen Grissom keeps on amazing me with her gift of simple but splen ...more
Diane S ☔
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Slavery, such an abhorrent institution, the thought that one person can own another and that they feel they have that right is horrifying. While reading this I couldn't help but ask myself if I had been raised during this time what would I have thought. Would I have had the courage to defy convention, become part of the underground railroad? I certainly hope so. There is much cruelty within these pages, but much kindness too, from the least expected places at times.

But it is the characters that
April (Getting Hygge With It)
Oh gosh. I'm so glad I got to continue on with some of the characters from The Kitchen House. Again, SO MUCH happened in this short book. How can she pack so much in without it seeming overkill? Loved it - not as much as The Kitchen House but I think that would be impossible to top. ...more
"Confirming her extraordinary storytelling talent, Kathleen Grissom has written a novel that is a thriller, a tragic love story, and an inspiring testament to our essential need for freedom that casts "glory over everything."
-Quote from back of book.

"This exciting story of danger, fear, cruelty, loyalty, and enduring love brings alive some of the worst in our history and some of the best."
-Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek

I enjoyed the novel THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom and was excit
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I received this ebook free from Netgalley.Com in exchange for my honest review.

A novel of family and long-buried secrets along the treacherous Underground Railroad.

The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

Published in 2010, The Kitchen House became a grassroots bestselle
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: group-reads
Enjoyable read. I may not have liked it as well as The Kitchen House but I did like it very much. I loved the multi-narrators. Some things were a little too neat and coincidental in regards to the plot.
Holly Weiss
Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House, stand-alone sequel to Kathleen Grissom’s grassroots best-selling novel, The Kitchen House, glued this reader to the page. The story revolves around blacks, those passing as whites, and slavery both in Philadelphia and North Carolina, mid 1800s. With each meticulously written word, heartbreaking tragedy and enduring courage pulsate through the plot. Compulsive and propulsive until the last page, Glory Over Everything rewards the reader with period ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This terrific stand alone sequel to The Kitchen House picks up Jamie Pyke, now James Burton as he makes a life for himself in Philadelphia. Fair skinned enough to pass as white, he nonetheless suffers the guilt and fear that comes with living a lie.
Through circumstances of his own making and a promise extracted from him, he finds himself on the other side of the racial fence. It is there that Jamie grows and matures emotionally, confronting his own prejudices and fears.
I loved this story. To
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Born Kathleen Doepker, I was privileged as a child to be raised in Annaheim, Saskatchewan, a hamlet on the plains of Canada. Although we lived in a small, tightly knit Roman Catholic community, I was fortunate to have parents who were open to other religions and cultures. Since television was not a luxury our household could afford, books were the windows that expanded my world.

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