This week I would like to share some wonderful books of poetry and short stories. All three books are a quick read and I really enjoyed them.
Variety is the Spice of Life by Sally Cronin
True to its name, this book is packed with a variety of syllabic poetry, pulling at the strings of your heart with poems like ‘Face in the Mirror,’ accompanied by a beautiful picture of the poet and her mother – a reminder of her laughter and ‘The Waltz’ that captures the joy of two hearts. Cronin’s poems are short and meaningful, most of them capture vibrant colors of life. Even drought doesn’t escape her discerning eye. Robins, starlings, bees and butterflies come alive in her poems. If blossoms remind us of fleeting opportunities, bees convey a profound message of diligence and persistence.
Sally’s short stories have always been my favorite, as they bring out the best of human values. I loved ‘The Healer’ and ‘Home Help’ but the winners are the marmalade cat and robin of Miss Lloyd. Cronin’s love for furry friends shines through her stories. I highly recommend this lovely collection to readers of all genres.
Do What You Love by MJ Mallon
‘Do What You Love’ is a little memoir that captures beautiful moments of life, giving an insight into the author’s experiences, hopes and adventures. A delightful concoction of poetry, photography and flash fiction, imagination and reality merge here to share the stories of her life in a succinct manner.
With the symbol of hibiscus flower, Marje introduces herself as a giggling and carefree child whose mentor is Lachesis – the goddess of future. How creative! It is her innovative style of writing that would capture your heart, as all three “sisters of fate” – Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos remain close to her and offer her friendly advice at each step of life.
With a pang in her heart and tears of pride in her eyes, the empty nester also shares the story of her successful daughters and is reassured by Atropos that they have to take their own path. So relatable! It is fascinating to watch the poet conversing with “sisters of fate” and the moments we cherish come alive through her poems.
The Christmas Bird by Robbie Cheadle
‘The Christmas Bird’ is a heart-warming story of love and compassion. Stella and her sisters are celebrating Christmas when they discover a bird’s nest that had been destroyed by their dogs. Stella gently picks up the surviving baby bird and hopes to save it despite her mom’s warning that it may die of shock. They prepare an old basket into a warm nest for the little bird, feed the bird lovingly and get attached to it. The bird seems to be a perfect Christmas gift for the girls.
This short story infuses a sense of respect toward our environment. The natural instinct of caring for all the species is highlighted in a subtle manner. Loving and letting go is also underlined, as the bird grows wings and learns to be free. Written in a simple language, it is a perfect story for children if the superfluous details of the beer making process are brushed aside.
Thank you. Happy reading!
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Thank you so much Balroop for your lovely review amongst such fantastic company. A lovely start to the day! 🙂
My pleasure Marje. I admire the creative style of bringing in goddesses to deal with the aching heart and you’ve done a wonderful job!
Aww thank you Balroop. 🙂
Thanks so much Balroop for sharing your lovely review again in the company of Robbie and Marje.. I loved Marje’s book and Robbie’s looks amazing.. ♥
The cover of your book is amazing Sally and sets the tone. I love your succinct style of writing poetry and your stories are always innovative. 😊 Keep writing dear friend.
That is very kind thank you so much Balroop ♥
Three beautiful reviews for three beautiful books from three beloved authors, Balroop. They will make perfect Christmas gifts as well. Congratulations to the three authors.
Yes! You are so right! They are perfect gifts for holidays. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts.
Thanks very much Olga ♥♥
Lovely reviews, Balroop. Thank you for sharing these wonderful gift ideas. xo
My pleasure Jill. Thanks for coming over to read. These three books are good gifts and poetry invokes creative spirit! I enjoyed them.
Three wonderful authors with three wonderful books! ❤
Exactly my sentiment! Thanks for sharing your thoughts Annette.
Thanks as always Annette for your support ♥
Wonderful reviews. I have Sally’s new book on my ereader, waving impatiently the more days it sits there! Marje and Robbie’s books are getting added! Congratulations to Sally, Marje, and Robbie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Balroop 💕🙂
Thanks Harmony ♥♥
You are all set for holiday reading Harmony. Thanks for coming over to share your view. I am eagerly waiting for the release of your poetry book. 🥰
Fantastic reviews, Balroop. I loved Sally’s and Robbie’s new books and have Marje’s waiting for me. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Jan, I am glad you’ve already enjoyed Sally’s and Robbie’s books. Happy cozy reading dear friend. I am sure you would enjoy Marje’s book too.
Lovely reviews, Balroop. Thanks for sharing. I can ditto Jan’s comment. Sally’s and Robbie’s books were wonderful and Marje’s is waiting for me on my kindle. Congrats to all three authors. ❤ ❤
Thanks again Diana for your support.. wonderful to be featured here with Balroop today in such good company.. ♥♥
I’ve seen your book making the rounds, Sally. Congrats!
Thanks Diana I could not ask for more kindness and support ♥♥
Thanks very much Jan and for your generous support with your reviews too.. ♥♥
Thanks Diana. These books are the highlight of my reduced reading and writing due to recent travels though I have read some thrillers to get myself absorbed during long flights! 😀 I am happy to catch up with the new releases.
I also read on plane rides, Balroop. It’s a wonderful way to pass the time. 😀
Terrific reviews, Balroop! I think they all look like good reads.
They are! Thanks for swinging by to read my reviews Kymber, much appreciated.
Thanks Kymber ♥
HI Balroop, thank you for including The Christmas Bird here. I loved Marje’s book and I have Sally’s on my TBR.
Thanks Robbie and delighted to be here with you both ♥
Three lovely reviews for three beautiful books and talented authors. Congrats to Marje, Sally, and Robbie. I have already read and reviewed Sally’s and Marje’s books, and looking forward to Robbie’s little Christmas read soon. ❤
Thanks again Debby for the wonderful review and fanfare… ♥♥
Thank you for sharing your admiration for these books Deb, they are brilliant! Happy reading.
All three of these books sound wonderful, Balroop. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reviews! Congrats to Sally, Marje and Robbie on their new releases. I have much reading to do now.
My pleasure Lisa, when I like the books, I always share my views. I am glad you like them. Thank you for your lovely support.
Thanks very much Lisa xx
Great reviews, Balroop! I’ve started reading Sally’s book and Robbie’s book is next. Marje’s book sounds wonderful, too. Thanks for sharing.
I am sure you are enjoying Sally’s book Lauren. Some poems are rare gems! Thanks for your words of support. 🤗
I am, Balroop, and I just posted long overdue reviews and one of them is for your book. 🙂
Thank you so much Lauren. I am glad you enjoyed my book. Love and hugs for writing a beautiful review.
Thank you Lauren… I hope you enjoy…hugsxx
I’m already enjoying, Sally! Hugs xoxo
Thanks very much Lauren ♥
Beautiful reviews, Balroop. Congratulations to Sally, Robbie. And Marje on their new releases.!
Thank you Joy. it’s nice to see you here. Have a wonderful weekend.
Aways nice to discover new reads Balroop!
Thank you for sharing, I’ll add them to my reading list…
Stay well and have a very nice weekend
Thanks for swinging by to read Marie. These are amazing books and all of them short reads. Have a wonderful weekend.
Congratulations to all three authors, Balroop. My TBR is already overflowing, but I see I have more titles to add. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Mae. Happy reading… cozy days are ahead, so TBR needs to grow! 😀
Excellent reviews, Balroop. I love this time of year. The books are all festive for the season. 🎄
Thanks Colleen, the season definitely adds to book love. This week I’m going to share your book review here. It’s already up at Amazon.
Wow Balroop fantastic reviews. Congratulations to all the three authors. Thanks for sharing the profound revies.
Thank you Kamal, I am glad you like them.
Welcome always Balroop ❤️
Wonderful reviews, Balroop. I have these books on my radar, they sound amazing!
They are lovely short reads Jacquie, I am sure you would enjoy them.
I just purchased Sally’s book, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful read! Congratulations, MJ and Robbie! All three have piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, great reviews, Balroop. 🙂
Thank you Mark. Happy reading and Happy holidays… best time for cozy reading. 😊
Happy Holidays to you as well, Balroop!
Thanks for the succint list, something to read over the holidays for sure!
My pleasure Vishakha. Welcome to Emotional Shadows.