Book Reviews: The Collectibles & The Kitchen House

I can’t decide whether I am getting more picky or if I’m just not happening upon great books. I’ve been incredibly remiss in posting on this blog as of late, and this is due in large part to lack of inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, I would probably recommend both of the books I’m reviewing here, but they just didn’t get me writing. One of the reasons I started this blog was to try to keep straight what I’m reading. I have read so much for so long that oftentimes books bleed together and I can’t remember the title of a book I want to recommend or re-read. Anyway, without further ado, here are two books I read recently.

The Collectibles  by James J. Kaufman

The Collectibles by James Kaufman book reviewI appreciated that Joe, our leading man  - a big-shot lawyer and widower, spoke and thought openly about his strong faith. This is rare in mainstream books and refreshing. I would recommend this book for men, which I appreciated because I rarely have something to reliably recommend to men. The writing was straight-forward, and the relationships are primarily between men. Joe is a man’s man and I just think it’s a win for the gentlemen. The ending was worth the sometimes slow descriptions of law and finance. James J. Kaufman is new on the writing scene,  but actually is a practicing business owner. This one’s won several awards, so he’s already started on book 2; The Collectibles will be a trilogy.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The kitchen house book reviewIn the same vein as The Help, this one talks about the world of serving and the strange divide between black and white that continues to plague us, especially in certain parts of the country. This one centers around a white indentured servant. Like The Help, The Kitchen House was one that you couldn’t possibly read only a few pages at a time. You will absolutely fly through this one, so don’t start reading it late at night. You’ll also fall in love with the characters, so be prepared to be sad when it’s over.

Sorry for the serious delay but try The Collectibles and The Kitchen House a try – they are worth a look.


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