The Kitchen Mistress

The Kitchen Mistress Summary

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. 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?

Book Reviews


Past life contributes to present and future.5 star

A very down to earth account of a woman’s place in society in the past. Also how the needy can be fooled While trying just to exist in trying to live to better their standing in life. Very well done and heartbreaking sympathy for the characters. Makes you want to read more of the authors writings!55


Hard to put down!5 star

I became thoroughly engrossed with this story after only a few pages. It was very different from what I usually read. It left me wanting to read more.55


An Enjoyable Read4 star

This book held my attention. The era in which it takes place added to the story.45


Still water5 star

Well written, interesting story. Not what I thought it would be. It is the first book, finding Clara second. We his young woman is trying to find herself again. I really liked it....was too short of a story.55


Mystery/feminist tale late 1800s4 star

Surprising sequel to a story I read earlier about a city family spurned by society following a dramatic financial loss for themselves and other prominent society folks in Des Moines, IW. It was interesting to follow that story, In a sequel.45

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