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Moments – Daphne Denley
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I received a copy of this book from Crumps Barn Studio in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This book of verse is in part, autobiographical, and the emotion shines through in every poem. There is a preface to this book of verse, sharing the personal inspiration behind ‘Moments’. Read this first. It gives important insight into the author’s motivations and helps you to understand the book’s ethos.

I am no expert on poetry schematics, but I do enjoy reading it, so the thoughts I share are my emotional responses to the verse.

The first poem ‘Sweet Dreams’, about a mother watching her sleeping child, is charming and will resonate with every parent.

‘Precious Time’, is poignant and thought-provoking. When something bad happens, or you realise how many years have passed, it makes you think, and want to make the most of now, and what is yet to come.

Many of the poems explore contemporary issues, such as bullying and why people bully, emotional abuse, stress, addiction, facing life-changing news. There are elements in the verse that I can relate to, and it’s this personal connection that makes them relevant, something to look back on.

The poems about the inevitability of death, and facing the illness of a loved one, are beautifully written, honest, raw, simple, they leave their mark. The poems about friendship are heartwarming and relatable, as are the verses about self-awareness, learning to love who you are, and letting that person see the sunlight.

There is something for everyone in this book, it’s a realistic observation of life as a woman, mother, wife, and of those around us, some we know, some we only know by sight. Poetry like this can be read many times, and that’s what I shall do with this.

Daphne Denley – Moments
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Figure 8 – Ellie McKenzie – Release Spotlight

image1Blurb - FlowerIsabelle’s life is spiralling out of control. The death of her mother when she was 8 years old created a deep and dark depression, from which she has constantly struggled to climb out of.
Now she has reached the lowest point she has ever been. She sees no other way out.

Suddenly she finds hope.

She meets Damon.

Wanting desperately to help Isabelle, Damon tries to drag her out of the darkness and breathe life back into her.

But why is he so determined to help her?

What is the dark secret which haunts him and threatens their future?

Will their love be enough to withstand betrayal?

When love leaves you breathless, how do you learn to breathe on your own?

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Author Bio - FlowerI am an English author, based in the Cheshire countryside. I enjoy going for walks with my two dogs, and I love days out with my children and husband. I love listening to music and you can often find me at a concert or a festival, rock being my favourite genre. Music has a massive influence in my books and I often listen to songs whilst writing.

I have always written, even as a child I would write short stories and make up plays to perform to my parents. I originally wanted to be a journalist, however things happened in my life and my path was changed dramatically.

I am an avid reader and I will try all genres, from romance to autobiographies, although romance is my favourite. I love the feels you get from the storylines, the love and angst, the will they, won’t they, and all the emotions.

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 Look out for my review of Figure 8 soon.