Blast from the Past: Good Books

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over Ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about two books I read in October of 2010.

As I was scrolling through the archived blog posts to October of 2010 I came across a post where I told you about two books I had read….I got the biggest smile as to this day, these are two books I still recommend and still love.  I think that’s how you know it was a good book…it sticks with you.  These two definitely have stuck with me!!

The first is The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

The Kitchen House: A Novel
I wrote:
This story takes place on a southern plantation before the Civil War.  Lavinia, a seven-year-old white girl immigrating from Ireland, is “given” as an indentured servant to the ship’s captain when her parents die while coming to America.  She is immediately taken to the kitchen house where the Negro servants are told to take care of her and see that she starts working.  Belle, the captain’s illegitimate daughter, who is in charge of the kitchen house quickly because of a mother figure to Lavinia.  The book covers many years…and in the end, it was a tear jerker…at least for me.”

OH MY WORD…I loved the book and imagine my complete joy when I was writing this current blog post and saw that THERE IS A SEQUEL TO THIS BOOK!!  YAHOO.  Can you guess what I’m doing as soon as I’m done writing this post??  I’m finding the book!!

If you are interested in the sequel it is this book…Glory Over Everything.

I am going to go back and re-read the first book then listen to the second.  I typically do that if it’s been a long time since I read the first book.

Amazon readers give the 4.6 stars and the second book 4.7 stars so I’m so encouraged to read it!!

The second book was The City of Thieves by David Benioff.  I went on to recommend this book to Kayla and she also recommends it as one of her favorites.


This story takes place in Leningrad, Russia, during the WWII siege. Seventeen-year-old Lev is unjustly arrested after looting a dead paratrooper’s body.  He is taken to jail where he meets a Russian Army deserter, Kolya.  The captain spares their lives under one condition.  They must bring him 12 eggs so that his daughter can have a cake at her wedding.  The oddly matched pair sets out on their mission, knowing it is a daunting task and their chance of success is limited.  Along their adventure, they meet many unusual characters as each of their stories unfold.  This book had me sniffling and left in awe of what a person can live through.

Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars.  Admittedly there was a little bit of rough language but I think the story was worth it.

So…in October of 2010 I read two books that I really loved and have stayed with me all of this time.  If you haven’t read them, I highly suggest them!!

All of these books are in my Amazon store.  You can find these books and others I love there.

Tell me…have any of you read these books…did you love them too??

5 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Good Books

  1. Lorraine

    I haven’t read either book. I’ll have to see if they’re at my library.

    Have you read The Union Street Bakery? I thought it was a real page turner.

  2. Maryanne Comly

    Thank you for introducing the works of Charles Martin to me.
    I have read several of his books,most recently “Where the River Ends”. All great reads.

  3. Ronda

    Maryanne, have you read “Water From My Heart” by Charles Martin? I am almost finished reading it, and it is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

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