Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

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It’s just over two years since Moira Forsyth appeared on Linda’s Book Bag with a smashing guest post linked to her book A Message From The Other Side. You can read that post here alongside my review. Today I’m delighted finally to have a review of another of Moira’s books, Tell Me Where You Are and would like to thank Sandstone Press for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest opinion.

Published by Sandstone Press in paperback on 16th May 2019, Tell Me Where You Are is available for purchase through the links here.

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Maybe the worst thing hadn’t happened yet. You couldn’t know the awful things lined up in the future, looming.

The last thing Frances wants is a phone call from Alec, the husband who left her for her sister thirteen years ago. But Susan has disappeared, abandoning Alec and her daughter Kate, a surly teenager with an explosive secret. Reluctantly, Frances is drawn into her sister’s turbulent life.

My Review of Tell Me Where You Are

Frances has no contact with her ex-husband, Alec, after he left her for her sister Susan, but that is about to change.

I think if readers are looking for a visceral thriller with several twists and turns Tell Me Where You isn’t the book for them. However, I found Tell Me Where You an intimate and sensitive portrait of family life, sibling rivalries and our desperate need to be loved and to belong and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I thought the title was inspired because although ostensibly it refers to Susan throughout, who is missing, many of the characters are looking for happiness, their own identity, a relationship and so on, giving Tell Me Where You are multiple meanings. I don’t wish to sound patronising, but I do believe readers need a level of maturity (which isn’t necessarily linked with age) fully to appreciate the nuances of family dynamics explored by Moira Forsyth. I thought her perception and presentation was spot on.

Reading Tell Me Where You Are felt a bit like viewing a kaleidoscope because the different characters’ perceptions acted as refracted light, and the patterns and dynamics within Frances’s family shifted and changed like the pieces of a kaleidoscope so that I understood the balance within the family perfectly.  I felt Moira Forsyth had observed the people in her narrative every bit as closely and effectively as does Austen in Mansfield Park for example. There’s bigotry, disappointment, resignation, stoicism, jealousy, love and so many other emotions that bubble and surface, subside and simmer, that add depth and interest to this family story.

There’s considerable care and thought that has gone into the creation of character by the author. I loathed Alec. He made my skin crawl and had I been Frances I think his treatment might have been very different! Frances is a real Everywoman. She tries to manage the demands of being both mother and daughter, sister and individual in a way so many readers will relate to. Even though I have never been a mother, I was able to comprehend her perspective completely because of the successful way she is drawn by Moira Forsyth. Susan, on the other hand, brought out the very worst in me. Whilst she has mental health issues to which I felt I should be sympathetic, I also found her behaviour selfish and hurtful at the best of times so she didn’t gain my empathy and this made me uncomfortable. It doesn’t sit well with me not to have sympathy for those with mental health issues and Moira Forsyth has got under my skin and made me doubt myself. This is such clever writing. I found Tell Me Where You Are both thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Tell Me Where You Are is a book that somehow seems to be more than the sum of its parts. It is insightful, providing so much for the reader to consider. Moira Forsyth doesn’t provide all the answers by the end of the narrative and I liked the story all the better for that because life isn’t always neatly resolved and packaged to our satisfaction. I’ve finished Tell Me Where You Are with a feeling that these characters live on outside the book as real people. I rather hope I’ll meet them again some day.

About Moira Forsyth

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Moira Forsyth is the author of five novels, and a published poet and short story writer. She has been a registrar of births, deaths and marriages, sold hotels and catering properties, been a bookshop manager, a lecturer and schoolteacher, and taught in a Young Offenders’ Institution. Moira is now an editor, and has worked on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Moira has two grown-up children (non-resident), two cats (resident), and lives in the Highlands of Scotland.

You can follow Moira on Twitter @moira_forsyth.

Meditation for Children by Shelley Wilson

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I’m genuinely thrilled to feature lovely Shelley Wilson on Linda’s Book Bag once again. It’s been a while since Shelley ‘stayed in’ with me in a post you can read here.

I’ve previously interviewed Shelley here on the blog and she has explained here why she writes for the self-help market. Speaking of which, I have reviewed one of Shelley’s self-help books, Motivate Me: Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing here too.

Today, thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things I am reviewing another of Shelley’s books, Meditation for Children.

Meditation for Children which is is published by BHC Press ais available for purchase here.

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My review of Meditation for Children

From the moment I read Shelley Wilson’s introduction to Meditation for Children I felt its effect. The author has such a no-nonsense practical approach that the reader feels as if they can do exactly what she’s suggesting with ease. Quite frankly, once I’d read the breathing exercise in the opening ‘How to’ section I already felt more relaxed myself – never mind any children with whom the technique might be shared.

I think the way in which each of the ten meditations is structured is so well done. There’s a routine that could quite easily be one that older children could use for themselves independently, aside from sessions with adults using Meditation for Children. I could easily imagine an anxious child using the breathing technique to calm themselves in stressful situations.

Each story is short and accessible with situations that appeal to all children regardless of gender. The stories are entertaining whilst affording imaginative development and activities. I could envisage drama and role play as well as the suggested art work.

I must also acknowledge the lovely illustrations by Phaedra Elson. They have a naive quality and charm that appeals to adults and children alike. It would be lovely to discuss them with children if the meditations are used during the day so that youngsters can think about colour and art as well as enjoying the meditations and learning to relax.

I thought Meditation for Children was a super book, being practical, thoughtful and helpful. I really recommend it for children, but will be applying the techniques in my own adult life too.

About Shelley Wilson

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Shelley Wilson divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction.

Her non-fiction books combine motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and her YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.

Shelley’s multi-award-winning motivational personal development blog has received several awards and has been named a Top 10 UK Personal Development Blog.

Shelley is an obsessive list maker who loves pizza, vampires, mythology, and history. She resides in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where she lives with her three teenagers.

You can find out more about Shelley on her author blog or via her personal development blog. You can also follow Shelley on Twitter @ShelleyWilson72 and find her on Facebook (or here on Facebook for YA writing) and Instagram.

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Clear My Name by Paula Daly

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It’s far too long since I last reviewed a book by Paula Daly – in fact her novel The Mistake I Made (the basis for the recent television series Deep Water) was one of the earliest reviews I ever wrote on Linda’s Book Bag and you can see that review (and how the blog has evolved) here. My very grateful thanks to Hayley Barnes for sending me a surprise copy of Paula Daly’s latest book, Clear My Name, in return for an honest review.

Clear My Name was published by Penguin imprint Bantam Press on 5th August 2019 and is available for purchase through these links.

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Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide . . .

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of…

My Review of Clear My Name

Tess spends her life trying to overturn miscarriages of justice.

Clear My Name is a hugely entertaining read. Paula Daly takes what should be a straightforward premise – those wrongfully convicted should be freed from prison – and then wrongfoots her reader at every turn as she forces them to confront her blurred presentation of morality so that by the end of the story I wasn’t entirely sure of right and wrong. I was so wrapped up in the events that I read the book in one uninterrupted sitting as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

The narrative is deftly plotted meaning that I had no idea whether Carrie was innocent or guilty as Tess tried to uncover the facts behind her conviction. I loved the way Paula Daly gradually uncovered evidence in a way that placed me in a similar position to Alice, learning from Tess, as the narrative progressed. I’m still not sure what I feel about Carrie, now I know the outcome of the story, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to see what happens! I thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace of the novel and the drip feeding of Tess’s background as the investigation progresses too.

I found Tess a fascinating character and Clear My Name was actually more about her than Carrie, whose conviction is the catalyst for the action. Tess is multifaceted with many flaws, and the parallels between her own experiences and the other women in Clear My Name, made me think hard about what constitutes morality, or good and bad behaviour, particularly in relationships. Paula Daly shows her readers completely successfully that the distinction isn’t always clear cut. I think it is a sign of good writing and a compelling character that I’m still thinking about Tess and wondering what is happening to her now that the novel is over.

Clear My Name is clever, entertaining and full of thought provoking aspects that I really appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and recommend it very highly.

About Paula Daly

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Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet, Skippy.

You can follow Paula on Twitter @PaulaDalyAuthor and find her on Facebook.

The Burning Hill by A. D. Flint

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Shortly after we’d landed in Rio a few years ago and we were being transported to our hotel, my husband and I were somewhat disconcerted to be told the coach lights were out and the curtains drawn to make it more difficult for us to be shot on the way. We were also told not to take much money or any valuables when we went out and that it was’t wise for me to wear jewellery. Copacabana beach was to be avoided after dark. Well, we loved Rio and Brazil in spite of the dire warnings.

Since then, I became aware of A.D. Flint’s setting for The Burning Hill was Rio and I having featured 10 things about him here on Linda’s Book Bag, I have been meaning to read the book.

My enormous thanks to A. D. Flint for sending me a copy of The Burning Hill and my apologies that it has taken nine months to reach the top of my TBR.

Published by Unbound, The Burning Hill is available for purchase here.

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On the run from unjust court-martial back home, a young British soldier gets robbed and shot on Copacabana Beach. The bullet in Jake’s head should have been fatal but, miraculously, it saves him from a previously undetected condition that soon would have killed him.

Jake doesn’t believe in fate, nor does he feel he owes anything to anybody, but he does hate injustice. Vilson, the teenage favela kid who fired the bullet, is a victim of injustice, in a deadly corner with a corrupt cop and a sadistic drug-lord after his blood.

With a turf war erupting in Vilson’s favela, fear stalks every narrow alleyway, and anyone dragged up to the notorious Burning Hill had better hope they’re dead before they get there. But it’s not just fear that shapes life in the favela: belief is also powerful, able to both save and destroy.

The Burning Hill is about the power of belief and one man’s desire for justice at any cost.

My Review of The Burning Hill

Jake’s escape to Brazil may not be the panacea he’s searching for.

By rights I shouldn’t have enjoyed The Burning Hill. At its heart is the kind of injustice and unfairness that I abhor and there is a level of violence outside my usual reading comfort zone. However, I thought The Burning Hill was a fabulous read because the quality of A.D. Flint’s prose is so finely wrought that he draws in the reader and compels them to continue even as they feel uncomfortable and challenged by the content. Not only is this an exciting and thrilling read, but it is so well written too.

The Burning Hill begins dramatically and maintains the adrenaline throughout. It’s fortunate that chapters are short, which adds to the pace, because I’m not sure my heart could have tolerated the thumping of fear and excitement I experienced reading The Burning Hill. I was enthralled by the story and completely unable to tear myself away even when I found the content disturbing. I had to keep pausing to allow my pulse to subside because A. D. Flint understands exactly how to control his reader’s feelings and emotions.

I found the characters extremely vivid and real. Their flawed personalities and lives are sadly all too familiar to those living in poverty so that A. D. Flint shines an unflinching spotlight on the realities of day to day existence for those caught up in drugs, gangs and violence. Jake is the perfect example of an anti-hero whom the reader cannot help but admire. I found his version of morality a convincing antidote to the corruption of organisations like the police. My heart went out to Vilson so that I wanted him to triumph because I understood perfectly the reasons for his behaviour.

And it is the themes of corruption, the poverty, the sense of family, friendship and identity underpinning the dramatic narrative that add such depth to The Burning Hill. As well as being a very engaging and entertaining thriller, I think The Burning Hill is a hugely important book. A. D. flint does not shy away from presenting the realities of street life in Brazil and his engrossing and well-crafted prose ensures those reading his story are left in no doubt about how so many have to struggle simply to exist. The shimmering undercurrent of superstition adds an extra layer of interest too and I found the concept of honour completely fascinating.

The Burning Hill is a novel I would not usually pick up. Had that been the case I would have missed a gripping narrative, brilliantly written and heart-thumpingly exciting. I really recommend it, regardless of your usual preferred reading genres. It’s a corker!

About A.D. Flint

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On a June afternoon in 2000 there was a robbery just a few blocks from where the A.D. Flint  was living in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. It turned into a hostage situation. The teenage robber had survived a notorious massacre of street children outside a Rio church years before, and the tragedy that played out in the aftermath of the robbery on live TV news was an embodiment of the desperation of life at the bottom of the heap. An ugly thing in this beautiful city, shocking, even to a society inured to everyday violence.

As an Englishman new to Rio, the author was beguiled by the city, and found it profoundly disturbing to watch something happening just down the road that was so out of control and so wrong. The author spent a year in Brazil and now lives on the south coast of England with his Brazilian wife and two sons.

You can follow A.D. Flint on Twitter @brazil_thriller. You can visit The Burning Hill website and find A.D. Flint on Facebook.

Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

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It’s a true pleasure to be participating in the paperback blog tour for Dead Inside by Noelle Holten today, because not only is she an absolute delight to know, as well as being a cracking author, but blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy of Books on the Bright Side publicity was one of the first fellow bloggers I met in person, so both these ladies have a special place in my blogging life.

Already available in e-book, Dead Inside is published in paperback today, 22nd August 2019, by One More Chapter and is available for purchase here.

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‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

My Review of Dead Inside

Starting a new job for DC Maggie Jamieson could be a case of out of the frying pan…

Dead Inside surprised me. I was expecting a gritty and visceral story which indeed it it as times, but I hadn’t reckoned on the absolutely fascinating insight into multi-agency working, or domestic abuse and its consequences that Noelle Holten presents so utterly convincingly. Here is a writer who understands and manages to convey disturbingly realistically what it is like to present a public persona of confidence whilst simultaneously being dead inside. I felt Dead Inside had a depth I wasn’t expecting and reading it has made me look anew at society so that I feel I am less naive and accepting after reading this book. Not only do I understand the impact of domestic abuse better, I understand the reasons for it too much more clearly.

That sensitivity acknowledged, there’s a fast paced and gripping story to enjoy. Dead Inside opens with a violent and dramatic prologue that sets the tone for many of the successive scenes in the narrative. Whilst there is considerable violence sometimes very graphically described, as well as a liberal use of expletives, I never felt any of it was gratuitous. Noelle Holten conveys the reality of the people in her story very vividly. I loved the short chapters because the book’s structure adds to the pace brilliantly.

Initially it took me a while to remember who all the characters were but as this is the first in a new series of books where many need to be established, I think that is to be expected and, because they are clearly drawn, flawed and very human, I soon worked out who was who. I especially liked the fact that DC Maggie Jamieson isn’t fully revealed in Dead Inside. We are given snippets about her and hints for the future that are clever hooks and have left me wanting to know more about her.

The person I was most intrigued by was Lucy. Ostensibly a successful career woman, she has an abusive home life that she manages to conceal so well that her part of the narrative got me wondering about people I have known and worked with in the past. I found that not only was I being entertained by Noelle Holten’s writing, I was being made to think too.

I thought Dead Inside was the perfect start to a new series. I already have characters I care about and want to see more of in future books. I was enlightened and educated by Noelle Holten’s writing, but what’s more, I was entertained by a great story too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dead Inside, in spite of its sensitive subject.

About Noelle Holton

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Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR and Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog.

Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

For more information about Noelle, follow her on Twitter @nholten40, find her on Facebook, Amazon and visit her blog.

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The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge by Julie Stock

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Having met lovely Julie Stock in real life at the first ever Deepings Literary Festival a couple of years ago when we had tea with Erica James, it was lovely to catch up with her at this year’s festival when, along with Lizzie Lamb, Julie was one of our speakers. Julie spoke so eloquently about her forthcoming novel The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge that I simply couldn’t resist being part of her blog tour, particularly as she encouraged me to get on with my own writing too. I’d like to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate.

Not only do I have my review of The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge to share with you today, but there is a smashing giveaway for UK readers to enter at the bottom of this blog post too.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge is available for purchase on Amazon UK and  Amazon US.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge

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When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?

Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.

Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…

Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills,

Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan.

When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.

But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?

A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

My Review of The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge

Olivia’s first opportunity to prove herself within her father’s business may bring more challenges than she anticipated.

What a lovely, uplifting and escapist story Julie Stock has written here.

There’s a real warmth in The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge so that, although there are doubts and difficulties experienced by the characters, the reader feels assured that the outcomes will be positive. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story develops, and actually found it surprisingly feminist even though it is a romantic tale. Olivia has had to prove herself in what is a very male dominated corporate world and hold her own in a new environment. She may fall in love along the way but she’s certainly no push over and I appreciated her feisty character that made me support her all the way. She’s by no means perfect, being as stubborn as her father and occasionally hasty so that she felt all the more real. I found Finn very appealing and the cast of minor characters gave me people I liked and vehemently disliked so that in this microcosm of Julie Stock’s story it felt as if a much wider world was represented making for a hugely entertaining read.

I so enjoyed the themes woven into the The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge too. The perils of running a small business, guilt, loss, the sense of local community, corporate greed, sexism and family relationships all feature as well as romance at the heart of the story. This provided such rich texture to an already highly entertaining story in an absorbing plot.

The Devon setting is delightful. Descriptions made me want to get in the car and drive there immediately. I’m hoping there will be more to come about the characters in The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge as I feel as if I’ve been introduced to people and a place I want to know more about.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge is a lovely read. It took me away from the cares of life and made me feel happy. Smashing stuff.

About Julie Stock

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Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s latest novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, is out now.

You can find out more about Julie via her website , by finding her on Facebook or following her on Twitter @wood_beez48. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

If you’d like to sign up to Julie’s newsletter list, you can do so here.  As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.

When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

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Moments by Daphne Denley

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I’m rather partial to poetry so when Daphne Denley got in touch to ask if I’d like a copy her autobiographical collection of verse Moments I had to say that I would!

Moments will be published by Crumps Barn Studio on 29th August 2019 and is available for pre-order here.

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This collection of poems is an autobiography in verse. In turns heartfelt, familiar and beautifully observed, Daphne explores each of life’s Moments – and in the process shows us how, even in the worst of times, hope can return in the end.

My Review of Moments

A collection of personal poems on all aspects of life.

Although I think the structure of these personal and touching poems in Moments won’t appeal to all readers, I found it incredibly interesting. Daphne Denley’s syntax is frequently truncated, reflecting the speed with which life goes by, as if there wasn’t time to add in pronouns or articles that would make the words easier to read and more flowing. I thought this was a brilliant technique, as it not only conveyed the emotions within the poems, but I had to read more carefully to follow the author’s meaning and thereby gained a greater insight to Daphne Denley’s work and her life. I loved the fact she made me think and work quite hard because it gave greater gravitas to her words. I also appreciated the many questions in the poems as the writer struggles to come to terms with what is happening in her life and to her husband.

As so many aspects of life – from simply looking at clouds to more complex personal issues like health and bullying and greater global concerns, such as the power of the planet – are subjects of these poems, there is something in Moments for every reader. When I read Stress, for example, it felt as if Daphne Denley had dived into my head and conveyed exactly what was happening in my own life at that point. I have to confess to being rather undone by that particular piece.

At the risk of being accused of sexism, I do think these poems will resonate more with women than men. Equality? for example, where the voice feels as if she has created a rod for her own back by trying to prove she can be all things to all people is something several women of a certain age will relate to most strongly.

Moments is an interesting and frequently moving collection, but also one with a powerful message. Daphne Denley encourages her readers to be themselves and to make the most of every moment building positive memories for the future. What could be better than that?

About Daphne Denley

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Like many of us, Daphne Denley is a fully signed-up apprentice of mid-life mayhem. She is a mother trying to adjust to her daughter’s grown up tastes. And she is a loving wife who has had her life turned upside down by her husband’s devastating diagnosis.

You can follow Daphne on Twitter @DaphneDenley.