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…

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Book Suggestions: Divorce and “A Surrey State of Affairs” by Ceri Radford

I was almost an idiot about “A Surrey State of Affairs” by Ceri Radford. I almost didn’t finish it. At about 30 pages in, I decided it was going to be too…”fluffy”. I was tired of the idea of reading a story through letters, and I wasn’t immediately interested in (main character) Constance’s life. I’m so glad I finished it! The idea that Constance was writing a blog (rather than letters) really did make a difference. Ceri’s commentary on modern social attitudes towards marriage was refreshing. I am not a marriage expert, but the divorce rate for military marriages is even higher than…

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Book Suggestions: “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks

Caleb’s Crossing is a historical novel based around the story of the first Native American to attend Harvard University. Coming on the tail of the Expecting Adam Review, I am completely disillusioned now about Harvard University, but that’s neither here nor there. The story is actually told from the point of view of Bethia, an instantly adorable character whose selfless and self-deprecating nature is as endearing as her ability to love in a deep and uncomplicated way. Bethia becomes like a sister to Caleb, and I think any reader would wish her for their own sister. Maybe that’s just me…she…

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Book Suggestions: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson (Online Book Club)

I’ll be the first one to admit that I have a crush on Major Pettigrew. I love his quiet indignation towards his faults – he still finds himself unacceptable in certain aspects and works to make himself better. I’m a sucker for a guy who wears the uniform, of course. One of my favorite Major Pettigrew moments is when he’s in the hospital injured after having saved Abdul’s life and he corrects the doctor who calls him ‘Mr.’ Pettigrew. There is history, honor, and so much sacrifice in obtaining such a title — certainly something worth using to order your…

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