As February wanes to a close and with it Black History month, I have closed the book on Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. I had wanted to read the sequel since reading Mrs. Grissom’s novel, The Kitchen House. The book sat on my Kindle for some time and for some reason, I had not been able to dive into it. Fortunately I found a hardbound copy to add to my book collection. Once I opened the book, I read it to its satisfying end and hope Mrs. Grissom will continue to shed light on the era through the stories of Pan, Kitty and Belle. It is indeed a compelling read and although fiction, through Mrs. Grissom’s research and striking prose, the stark reality of antebellum society, its strict encumbrances and the cruelty of its institutions, not the least of which is slavery, ring loud and true.