Glory Over Everything is the sequel to Kathleen Grissom’s debut novel, The Kitchen House; and it is every bit as riveting as her first book.
Glory Over Everything follows the story of Jamie Pyke, a secondary character in The Kitchen House. Jamie grew up as a privileged white boy until the truth of his parentage, came to light. His father, a cruel and abusive man, bound Jamie to the slaves, headed for the auction block. Jamie escaped, though, and ran for his life. Henry, a runaway slave himself, helped the confused and frightened, thirteen-year-old boy. He taught Jamie how to survive in the woods and eventually pushed the boy to establish himself in Philadelphia. Jamie became a silversmith apprentice and was later adopted by his employer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Burton.
Twenty years after his escape, Jamie, now known as, James Burton, was a successful silversmith and artist. Henry, shows up in Jamie’s life once again, only, this time, to ask for help. Henry pleaded with Jamie to take on his son, Pan, as a servant. Pan is a lovable character who quickly became my favorite. My heart broke, though, when Pan wandered down to the docks because I knew what was about to happen to him.
The story really takes off when Henry approaches Jamie’s back door, asking for his help, only this time, it was to find his missing son. Jamie, petrified of traveling into the South, tried to wiggle his way out of being the person to look for Pan. He was sure that the old overseer, Rankin, was still after him. And, if he were to be recognized in the South, Jamie had no doubt that he would be tried for murder as a black man, and would hang.
Kathleen Grissom’s writing is intense, vivid, and captivating. I felt part of the story, following Jamie, his loyal servant Robert, Pan, and dear brave Sukey through their horrid trials. Kathleen Grissom has become one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for her next book. I hope it follows Pan’s or Robert’s life. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover