Welcome to the first of the review posts this week with a wonderful selection of reviews for poets and authors. If you are not in my Cafe and Bookstore then please check out this post and look forward to hearing from your.
The first recent review is for Natalie Ducey and her latest collection of poetry The Heart’s Lullaby
About The Heart’s Lullaby
The Heart’s Lullaby is a candid portrayal of love in all its splendor and pain. Love, in its purest form, is tranquil and soothes the soul. But love, as is life, can sometimes be cruel and unjust with its paths of uncertainty and forced goodbyes. In essence, it is a journey of self-discovery. A continuous journey of becoming. Often, it becomes a delicate dance of holding on and letting go.
We linger in memories of ill-fated love; our minds can easily soil them, and our hearts can effortlessly polish them to perfection, altering their resemblance entirely. We can anchor ourselves to yesterday by zealous choice or solemn grief. So easily, we can become obsessed with what “might have been” and miss the beauty that lies before us. Our minds craft spectacular moments that will never be realized. Why? Is it self-indulgence, or are they necessary companions for our soul’s survival?
Love, its force so formidable, transcends time, distance, and even death. Eternal love is the epitome of its grandeur.
To feel the exquisite, majestic splendor of love is the greatest gift we can give or receive. To have another see the unique beauty in our imperfections, that will protect us and elevate us without greed or envy, a soul willing and proud to walk this journey of life with us and share in its joys and sorrows … this is love, a gift unmeasurable and unmatched by earthly possessions.
But two souls must be willing. Therein lies the intricate complexities of the heart. And in the end, we must never forget … love, as is life, is a continuous journey of becoming.
The most recent review on Amazon
MY REVIEW. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟THE perfect gift to share with someone you can’t imagine living without.
I have read a great deal of poetry in my life, yet this is the first time I have found a volume that touches all the hidden places of my soul. Author Natalie Ducey has that marvelous gift of weaving words that touch those feelings you may have experienced but could never express.
We all see love as such an intensely personal thing, so finding another who has clearly experienced those staggering highs, and shattering lows is a rare and precious thing.
These poems will reach in and touch you, and a heart caught unguarded will be alternatively uplifted and at times moved beyond tears to a place we instinctively recognize as home.
This author has a rare and beautiful spirit that shines through with each graceful and eloquent word that she has penned. Her words caused me to take a deep breath and pause to reflect on my own journey, I was unprepared for the glimpses into my own behavior, my loves still remaining, and those I have forsaken or lost.
That gift is what this author shares with you in this volume.
If you have ever loved deeply, or are in that first joyous season of new love found, or perhaps reflect back on the ‘if only’ moments life hands us with such abandon, this book will move and touch you.
It would make THE perfect gift to share with someone you can’t imagine living without.
Read the other reviews and buy the collection: https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Lullaby-candid-portrayal-splendor-ebook/dp/B072TMDGRB
Also by Natalie Ducey
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Natalie-Ducey/e/B014XNEG8G
Read all the reviews and follow Natalie on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13534715.Natalie_Ducey
Connect to Natalie via her blog: https://natalieducey.com/
The next author with a recent review is Christoph Fischer and his book Ludwika.
It’s World War II and Ludwika Gierz, a young Polish woman, is forced to leave her family and go to Nazi Germany to work for an SS officer. There, she must walk a tightrope, learning to live as a second-class citizen in a world where one wrong word could spell disaster and every day could be her last. Based on real events, this is a story of hope amid despair, of love amid loss . . . ultimately, it’s one woman’s story of survival.
“This is the best kind of fiction—it’s based on the real life. Ludwika’s story highlights the magnitude of human suffering caused by WWII, transcending multiple generations and many nations.
WWII left no one unscarred, and Ludwika’s life illustrates this tragic fact. But she also reminds us how bright the human spirit can shine when darkness falls in that unrelenting way it does during wartime.
This book was a rollercoaster ride of action and emotion, skilfully told by Mr. Fischer, who brought something fresh and new to a topic about which thousands of stories have already been told.”
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
Debbi rated it Four stars on October 17th.
Based on a true story, this was an interesting perspective of WWII as it wasn’t from a Jew surviving the concentration camps. Ludwika was a polish woman who left her farm and family to serve a SS officer in Germany. She did so to keep her family, including her 5-year-old daughter on their farm. So began her journey through Germany throughout the war. She wasn’t Jewish but she was still a second class citizen at best. Very interesting and historically informative.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ludwika-Polish-Struggle-Survive-Germany/dp/1519539118
A selection of books also by Christoph Fischer.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
Read more reviews and follow Christoph on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6590171.Christoph_Fischer
Connect to Christoph via his website: http://www.christophfischerbooks.com/
And the third recent review today is for The Writer and The Rake by Shehanne Moore
He saw her coming. If he’d known her effect he’d have walked away.
When it comes to doing it all, ‘wild child’ writer Brittany Carter ticks every box. Having it all is a different thing though, what with her need to thwart an ex fiancé and her being transported from the present to Georgian times. But then, so long as she can find her way back to her world of fame and promised fortune, what’s there to worry about?
Georgian bad boy Mitchell Killgower is at the center of an inheritance dispute. He needs Brittany as his obedient, country-mouse wife. Or, rather, he needs her like a hole in the head. In and out of his bed, he’s never known a woman like her. Nor a woman who can disappear and reappear like her either.
And when his coolly contained anarchist, who is anything but, learns how to return to her world and remain, will having it all be enough, or does she underestimate him, and herself?
One of the recent reviews for the book.
The Writer and the Rake has risen to the top as my favorite of Moore’s historical romance books. In this story, Brittany Carter is a modern day writer who discovers that under the right kissing (yes, kissing as in a form of affection) condition, she can transport herself between two time periods. In one time period—contemporary times in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland—she is struggling to pump life into her stalled writing career while dealing with an ex-husband who is taking advantage of her. In the other world of 1765, London, she deals with Mitchell Killgower, a scoundrel of gargantuan proportions. Like her ex-husband, Mitchell uses Brittany, in his case, as a make-believe wife. This he does to maintain possession of his home, title and influence (what little remains). Brittany plays along with Mitchell’s make-believe ploy initially as it buys her time to discover the “thing” that facilitates her transport between time.
But even Brittany has her limit. Mitchell’s dalliance with a barmaid drives Brittany to kiss another and poof, she is back in Scotland. Turns out, any unemotional kiss with a man is the trigger for her time travel. Back in present day Scotland, she surprisingly finds fame and success waiting on her. Her mysterious disappearance, advertised heavily by the media, has caused her books to fly off bookstore shelves, garnering her more attention, sales and riches than she ever imagined. However, it only takes a few weeks of riches and far too much attention for her to realize her heart is in the past with Mitchell and his son, Fleming. Brittany returns to their world, and discovers Mitchell has been cured of his rakish ways, mostly because of his broken heart and longing for her but also because he has secured his home, land and title through his son. Mitchell and Brittany become a couple transformed by love.
There are many reasons I enjoyed this story but like the other Moore books I’ve read, I can narrow it down to…
1. The folksy idioms threaded throughout the story
2. The female characters who are so independent, a man is an accessory
3. Strong men who deserve to be felled by a good woman
4. Laughing, laughter and more laughing
5. Sensory scenes that will make you sigh or shake your head in astonishment
6. An ending that satisfies.
Moore always delivers, and in this one, she goes above and beyond by including references and appearances by future Killgower generations and by including a semi-grown son, Fleming – a small fact that layers on maturity and responsibility for multiple characters. These are nice touches which make the page turning (or swiping) even more enjoyable. Happy reading!
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Writer-Rake-Shehanne-Moore-ebook/dp/B06XS2R38K/
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Writer-Rake-Shehanne-Moore-ebook/dp/B06XS2R38K
Also by Shehanne Moore
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW/
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shehanne-Moore/e/B00CMBK7BW
Read more reviews and follow Shehanne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7029905.Shehanne_Moore
Connect to Shehanne via her blog: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will head over and check the books out by these talented authors. Thanks Sally