It’s been a while since I’ve posted book reviews, so I thought it was about time to share three wonderful books I have recently enjoyed…
Distant Flickers: Stories of Identity & Loss is an excellent anthology of engaging short stories from eight accomplished authors that I finished in one evening. The stories are inspired from a personal event and touch on identity and loss in their own unique way and setting, and all are well written with characters who seem as real as you and me. It is easy to get lost in their struggles, ascertaining how they will cope and heal. Each character is found at a crossroads where a life-changing decision is vital. Following each piece is a biography of the author which provides a little insight into the inspiration for writing the story. I found this to be very interesting.
This entire collection is five-star worthy, but a few stories that stand out are “Where Secrets Go to Hide” by Keith Madsen. The style in which Keith writes about a young boy who begins to collect secrets just like his sister collects baseball cards is filled with clever nuances of humor and suspense. Collecting secrets, doesn’t that grab you already? “Two Boys” by Carol LaHines tells of a mother’s loss, an emotional and moving tale, and an incomprehensible event that made my heart ache, being a mother myself. “Diary Omissions: The House on Edgewood Road” by Elizabeth Gauffreau is tenderly written about a mother who is unhappy in her role in life, and how her behavior affects her husband and two children.
I recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys a little drama, loves short stories that are character-driven and based on real-life events.
Avian Friends: Encouraging Poems Inspired by Backyard Birds by Yvette Prior was inspired by the author’s family planting several trees in their backyard for the purpose of creating shade and privacy. What they didn’t expect was the arrival of a whole host of feathered friends that would entertain. Yvette began observing the birds, their behavior, sounds, and daily activities, jotting down her thoughts along the way.
This collection is divided into five sections, and following each poem, the author includes her inspiration behind her poetic words…delivering personal reflections of relating her aviary findings to the lives of human emotions and well-being. Yvette inserts tidbits of wisdom for living a balanced life. These snippets into Yvette’s mind are as entertaining and evocative as her poetry.
Some of my favorite poems are “What Matters” which speaks about materialism and how some people use possessions as their barometer for success. “Summer Sun” is a cute poem that tells us it is quite okay to simply be. In these times of living busy lives, carving out some quiet time for relaxation is a healthy choice for finding that balance. “Fall Crunch” paints a beautiful image of a new autumnal season, as well as showing the simple beauty of a cardinal. I recommend this lovely book to not only bird lovers, but to those who would enjoy grasping the deeper meaning behind Yvette’s poems.
Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Reading! ❤️
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54 thoughts on “Identity and Loss, Hope, and Feathered Friends…”
Terrific reviews, Lauren. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, John. I appreciate you taking the time to read them. I never feel quite comfortable writing book reviews, but I do my best, and I love to support other Indie authors as well. 🙂
You do well, Lauren. 😊
Thanks for sharing your insights, Lauren. Congrats to everyone. Hugs.
You’re welcome, Teagan, and thanks for popping in to read them, and for your support. Hugs to you! 🥰
Thanks for these reviews of three really good books. I read Balroop’s, and it’s one to be re-read from time to time. Her poetry is so lovely.
Now, if I could have one or two of your Christmas cookies while I read, my day would be perfect. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by to read them, Pam. It’s nice to see you. I enjoyed all of the books, and the cookies are sinfully delicious. 😉
I’d share if I could. 😀
What a tease! 🙂 xo
I thought those cookies looked quite tasty myself!
They’re too good, Liz. I wish I could share. 🙂
This is a great review and so excited to see Yvette’s book out. She has been MIA as of late and I’ve been meaning to ping her. So happy she got it out! ❤️
Thanks for your support to Yvette, Cindy. I really enjoyed her book, having been a bird owner as well, but I also loved reading her thoughts at the end of each poem. ❤️
Oh and didn’t mean to blow by Distant Flickers that sounds like a wonderful anthology and very engaging. Balroop’s book of poetry also sounds superb as well. Congrats to them and thanks to you for sharing!
You made me smile, Cindy. Thanks for chiming in again and supporting the other books as well. What’s great is that they’re all different but very satisfying. 💗💗💗
you’re so welcome Liz!!❣️
It may have been a while for you, Lauren, but you made up for it with these detailed reviews.
Thanks so much, Michele. I appreciate your kind words and for taking the time to read my reviews. I love to support other Indie authors even though I don’t think I’ll ever feel perfectly comfortable writing reviews. 🙂 ❤️
You are very welcome, Lauren. We keep writing, growing, and learning. You did a fine job. I think your intention of supporting indie authors is what matters most. 🙏🏻
HI Lauren, these are all wonderful books and reviews. I have read all three and concur with your thoughts, they are all excellent reads.
Thanks for your support, Robbie, and I’m glad you enjoyed these books, too. ❤️
Wonderful reviews Lauren.. thoroughly enjoyed both Distant Flickers and Hues of Hope and being a bird lover will check out Yvette’s book…
Thanks for stopping by, Sally, and for your lovely words and support. If you love birds, you’ll love Yvette’s book. ❤️
Oh, Lauren, such great reviews & thoughts! Thank you for taking the time to write them.
ps Enjoy a beautiful weekend ahead! ❤️
Thanks for your lovely words and support, Marina. I was late in writing these, but more will come in the future. 🙂 Happy Friday and Happy weekend ahead, too. Sending love and hugs your way, dear friend. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
…and more hugs and love back!!
It’s always a real pleasure to discover new reads Lauren!
By the way I Loved your book very much – it’s a real treat. Thanks so much for what you are sharing through your words or the words of others.
Have a sweet weekend ❤️
It sure is, Marie, and I’m buying books like they’re going out of style. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to read my reviews, and Wow! You made my day! I’m grateful that you read my book but even happier that you enjoyed the poems and stories. Thank you SO much! Wishing you a sweet weekend, too, dear friend! ❤️🙏🏻
Oh! How did I miss this post! Many thanks for an insightful review of Hues of Hope Lauren. I am delighted that you enjoyed it. I am feeling honored to be in the company of awesome authors and poets. Thanks for sharing these reviews.
Three wonderful books, Lauren. I enjoyed them all and couldn’t agree more with your reviews. We have some awesome talent in this community. Congrats to Liz (and her fellow authors), Balroop, and Yvette. Great reads.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review of Distant Flickers, Lauren!
You’re very welcome, Liz. I truly loved the book and your stories!
Beautiful reviews for two beautiful books Lauren. Two more awaiting me to get there. ❤
Amazing reviews Dear Lauren! Your posts are really so good and awesome Dear friend🤗❤🌹
Thank you so much, Yaksh! I appreciate your kindness!
Always a pleasure dear Lauren! I’m so glad to follow you and visit your site once again! Your thoughts are really so awesome. By the way please do visit my page also and share your reviews with me so that I can also improve myself💞😊😊🤗🌹
Thanks again, and I will definitely visit you a little later. Have a wonderful day! 🥰
Ohh! That’s really so kind of you Dear Lauren! You are really so kind hearted💕.
I’ll be waiting for your kind visit.
Stay happy and Stay Blessed🙏😊
I read your comment to John H. and think you are really great with book reviews (and I am not just saying that because Avian Friends was featured here with the other two)
The reviews are detailed and worded with succinctness
– very well done and I need to check out the other two that are featured here
and again, a huge thanks from the bottom of my heart –
Thanks, Yvette! I appreciate that, and I’m glad you’re happy with my review for your book. You’re very welcome. 🥰
I am edified to the core –
and just started setting up a post about it.
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here is the post I made – and hope it is okay if I add in that image of your brown lab, copper?
Of course, it’s okay. Thanks for asking. 🙂
🙂 thanks so much again for checking to make sure I knew about the review
You’re so welcome. 🙂