#BookReview: Just Her Poetry by Denise Finn @dlfinnauthor and Summer Magic by Marcia Meara @MarciaMeara
Hi everyone. I’m pleased to be able to say the tablets I began a couple of weeks ago continue to help my breathing. I have my chest x-ray appointment for May 4th, and my first COVI-19 jab tomorrow … everything crossed!
On a happy note too: Today, I have book reviews for authors I have known and respected for a long time. Today’s offerings are of a poetic nature >>>
About the Book:
Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions.
Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness.
This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.
Just Her Poetry: Seasons of a Soul is a beautiful collection of poems about the changing seasons and also emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed this moving collection of verse, which is like a master painting but in words rather than on a canvas.
While I enjoyed each and every poem, River’s Journey, Silence, Change, and Abuse stood out in particular for me. Below are some verses I’d like to share with you from the book …
I sit high above the river—observing. Its twists and turns propel it forward. The water crashes down the rocky ledges Leaving spectacular waterfalls to admire. It’s heading for a manmade lake Where someday it will be released into a river again, Then its journey continues until it reaches the sea. It’s a long journey ahead for this river. But, it’s also a beautiful reminder No matter what life throws at me No matter what obstacles, it keeps flowing forward. And if I ever find myself stuck in an unmoving lake… I’ll wait until that moment when it is my time of release Then I can continue my journey to the sea of dreams.
It is fleeting in that moment. In between events it waits. Motionless Moving Magnetic— It is calling you. Unheard Unnoticed Untethered Until time fades into darkness. The exact instant you close your eyes. It’s still there waiting—Silence.
Privacy gone in exchange for security that watches and waits. We hope that our fears are never recorded on our camera.
More amazing still, the author even wrote some of these poems while riding on the back of a Harley! Here’s what D L Finn has to say about that: ‘The most challenging place to write was sitting on the back of my husband’s Harley while maneuvering through the roads and wind. I’m proud to say I never lost a pen or piece of paper doing so.’
This book is full of soul searching, reflection, and creativity, and gets a resounding 5 stars from me.
About the Book:
Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love.
The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.
The poems in the first half of this book centre around a character in Wake Robin Ridge, MacKenzie Cole, so if you’ve read that series, these verses will mean more to you than if you haven’t yet done so.
The poems in the second half are of a more varied nature and cover many aspects of life and the world around us.
A few of the poems that stood out for me are: Ambush, Showers, Star Gazing, Campfire Ghosts, Bruises, and Attitude Really is Everything.
Drip-drip. / Huddled and sighing / inside the tent / boredom a damp prescence / keeping him company. / While Dad naps to the sound of the rain. / Drip-drip. / Comic books scattered / On his rumpled cot. / Superheroes as powerless / As little boys while / The day spills water / Over all his plans
Joy shared / And excitement /Doubled.
Dark Clouds / Hide the silver light / From his wide-eyed gaze. / Night reigns / In blackest glroy, / Held at bay only / By the oragne firelight.
Summer Magic gets 5 stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …
JUST HER POETRY