In his debut novel, James J. Kaufman delivers a gripping and unforgettable story of two strong men from separate worlds – one touched by tragedy, the other by greed – brought together with unexpected results. In chronicling how their lives and those thy touch are dramatically changed by their encounter, Kaufman reveals the power of relationships, the nature of love, and ultimately the meaning of life.
James J. Kaufman may be new on the literary scene, but he writes like a pro. This work of art is crafted so seamlessly and effortlessly that you feel drawn into it immediately and completely forget the world around you.
Joe Hart’s life growing up wasn’t always easy. His aunt tried to smooth things over for him though after his parents died. The death of parents while you are young is difficult to deal with. A person can either us that experience to make themselves better or to just give up and let the experience crash over them.
On the other side of the coin, you have Preston Wilson who grew up in a rich, prestigious family. He has never wanted for anything except maybe love, but since that doesn’t have a monetary value it isn’t worth anything. The bigger the price tag, the more desirable the object.
They have a chance meeting one summer when they were teenagers. Neither gave the other one a thought until 30 years later when Joe gets a call from Preston’s advisors that he needs his help.
Joe will help if his three conditions are met. The first one is that Preston needs to be completely honest. The second one is Preston must disclose everything about the situation. And the third is that Joe will call in a favor of Preston and Preston must do it. So even though they do not know at that time what the third favor is, they agree.
When Joe finally does drop the bomb of what the favor is, Preston of course rebels against it. Joe wants him to take care of his “Collectibles”. Now these aren’t some knick knacks that sit on shelves like most people have. No. These “collectibles” are people who are in dire situations that Joe has been trying to help.
Helping out these people, Preston learns that there is a decent and caring person buried inside of him that has been wanting out.
This story has truly touched my heart. I know that it will be one that I read over and over again. Look out literary world, there is a great new author on the scene! And he is going to go far!
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