Talk about timing. I’ve been rather down in the dumps lately, wondering if the effort I put into writing a book is really worth it…and then I get the is review! It means so much to me knowing that someone really enjoyed it.
Disclaimer: I do not know P. Blevins personally. We are both members of a review group of over 400 members on Goodreads
Kitchen Dance is by Geri G Taylor. It is a fabulous book. I would definitely recommend this to any of my friends. Once you get into the story, it takes a hold on you and doesn’t let go. It is one that I stayed up late, late, late to read along with a box of tissues. The writing is well done. The characters are so realistic it seems like they are your fest friends or worst enemies. The plot seems so simple; but it explodes and goes in a totally different direction.
Joule Dalton is an Interior Designer for The West Agency. Once the architects get finished, she puts in the design portions before it is presented to the prospective investors or buyers. She met and married her husband here but he was murdered two years ago. Her best friend, Elaine (who is also her boss’s wife) keeps trying to match her up with various men with some hysterical results. Phillip West, her boss, is very pleased with her work and keeps putting her in charge of larger projects.
Before she went to work for West, she lived in a warehouse with 5 other people, rather like a commune. Daisy did a lot of the cooking with the others helping out. It was here Joule learned the “kitchen dance” and the value of true relationships. When her boyfriend left without telling her, she changed her way of living and went to work for West. However, she kept her work with the homeless and other charities. She had faith in people and usually she was rewarded with their friendship. She was wrong in the two men who she and her husband hired to help them renovate the warehouse as they were the ones who killed him. Still she continued to help people.
As she was returning home from a cocktail party where she presented the latest project, she came into contact with Allen Brooks when he returned her purse which she had dropped. He was an out of work carpenter whose truck and tools had been stolen. She noticed him because he was wearing her husband’s coat which she had just given to charity that morning. She invited him to the diner for dinner and later asked him to stay overnight in the Loft where she lived. Her self-appointed guardian, Roosevelt whom she had also saved, disagreed but since she was adamant went up with them and talked with Allen until he felt comfortable leaving him alone with Joule.
Allen reluctantly agreed to spend the night but eagerly accepted her invitation to shower. He might be homeless; but he was a proud man who had nothing left but his integrity. However in the shower, he began to wonder about her. Why did she do so much for him? Why did she invite a strange man to spend the night? Who was Roosevelt and what was he to her? He intended to spend the night, try to fix her elevator, and go on his way.
The next day, Joule invited him to the cabin her parents had left her in order to hire him to finish the renovations that had been started. She didn’t know what she wanted to do with the cabin; but it did need repairing. He agreed but asked her permission to use her phone to call his kids and later to use her Bronco to go see them. His ex-wives were not allowing him to see his kids.
Was Joule right in trusting Allen? Would he do what he said he would or would he turn out to be like the men who killed her husband? Would he rob her at the cabin and disappear?
She takes him on Faith.
Then the book takes a major and unexpected turn. It is fascinating.