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What Amazon says

‘I loved this’ Matt Haig ‘Fabulous’ Jane Fallon ‘Mesmerizing’ Peter James ‘Wonderfully written’ Anthony Horowitz

Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away.

She’s come to the high cliffs to be alone, to face the truth about her life, to work out what to do.

Her lover Jack is searching, desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah doesn’t want to be found. Not yet. Not by him.

And someone else is seeking answers up here where the seabirds soar – a man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four-hundred-foot drop. He is all too aware that sometimes love takes you to the edge . . .

‘Cole writes with human warmth and bittersweet emotion. I loved this.’
Matt Haig 

‘Wonderfully written. This is a book that will stay with you.’
Anthony Horowitz

‘An absolute thing of beauty. Not like anything else I’ve read. Fabulous.’
Jane Fallon 

‘Mesmerizing and lyrical, Cole creates atmosphere you can breathe and emotion that can shred your heart.’
Peter James

‘Evocative, spiritual and deeply immersive.’
Rev Kate Bottley

‘Tremendous speed and pace. The ending took me completely by surprise.’
Jeffrey Archer 

‘Compelling, ambitious and deeply moving.’ 
Peter Stanford 

‘Beautifully tense and atmospheric.’
Marianne Power

My review

The light keeper is a fascinating read that centres around two people who have faced, and continue to face, terrible loss in their lives.

Gabriel Keane, better know as the light keeper, lives in a partially renovated light house on a hill along the cliffs near the ocean. The setting is piercingly beautiful and it is a place that people come to appreciate the views, but it also holds a more sinister appeal to people who have reached a place of complete despair and wish to end their lives. Suicides are so common along this stretch of coast that a group of voluntary workers called the Guardians patrol it regularly in order to try to save the lives of the desperate. Of late, the suicides have been increasing rather than reducing, despite the apparent best attempts of the Guardians.

Gabriel bought the light house and started the renovations with his lover, Ri, whom he met while he was still a journalist reporting on war and other circumstances of human turmoil and suffering. Ri is an artist who understands how to enjoy and treasure life and she lifts Gabriel out of his place of sadness and teaches him about happiness and the goodness of life. Gabriel is now living alone in the light house that was never completed as a bed and breakfast and spends his time surviving and not living.

Gabriel meets Jack, a young and tormented man, who is searching for his missing wife. Jack professes to adore Sarah, but displays some selfish and erratic character traits, including attacking a police officer and others. Sarah and Jack have been trying to have a baby for a number of years and she is currently on fertility treatment, which has made her very emotionally volatile. Jack and Sarah’s love life has degenerated into a “sperm donor” situation which Jack feeling used and Sarah feeling desperate.

Sarah is an only child who lost her mother at a young age. She is looking for love and believes she has found it with the impulsive and slightly spoiled, Jack. Her relationship with Jack appears to be more one of a carer and mother than a wife and lover, as she supports Jack with his musical ambitions. Jack came across as a selfish man who could not see the good things in his own life, but spent his time hankering after acceptance and acknowledgement from his famous father.

Gabriel and Sarah’s lives are destined to cross and, together, they explore their relationships, motivations and lives. Ultimately, they much each decide on their own paths forward.

The light keeper is an intense and turbulent read which is quite disturbing with its harrowing content of abuse, suicide, loneliness and even murder.

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Goodbye for now

I am taking a blogging break for the next two weeks. I will see you all again on 1 September.

Robbie

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A children’s picture book literary tasting

I am over at Writing to be read today with a children’s picture book literary tasting. I would love to know what your favourite children’s books are and what you think of my choices. Thank you Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me.

Writing to be Read

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This month on Writing to be Read, I thought it would be fun to do a children’s picture book literary tasting to give readers an opportunity to sample short extracts from some wonderful children’s picture books. Interesting toddlers and small children in books and the written word lays the foundation for future readers and there is nothing like a great picture book to entice them into the book world.

Imagine you are at a picnic and the snippets in this post are delicious and varied food items.

Fondant art picnic

The wonderful Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss’ delightful rhyming verse picture books are the perfect reading material for small children and beginner readers. There is a lot of benefit to the sound and word repetitions in these books which is comforting and confident enhancing to children in this age and learning bracket.

Dr Seuss also includes messages about friendship, environmental friendliness and sharing in…

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#Bookreview #Poetry – Moments we love by Balroop Singh

Book reviews

I am delighted to welcome Balroop Singh to robbiesinspiration today with a review of her new poetry book, Moments we love.

Kindle Edition

The blurb

Moments of fragrant love that stand frozen in time, of dreams that dare not unfold, of passion that fleets by, of erratic joy that we meet at the crossroads of life, butterflies of time that add color to our dark moments to scare the demons away – I have gathered all of them in this book. Some of them whisper softly to create a magical aura while spring of life sings with them, trying to wipe silent tears. Mother Nature steps in with all her grandeur to breath quiet messages of tranquility.

Each poem would soothe your emotions with élan and add a dash of color to your life. Life – that doesn’t halt for your sad moments; that just floats by. You just need to dive in to soak in myriads of moments to discover how it could ignite positive tones. All the poems in this collection are imaginary but inspired from people around me, some of whom chose to share their frustrations and tremors with me. Sometimes I could read between the lines to pen my thoughts down.

Memories and moments merge here

Today when I return to share

The glow of rainbows

Embers of emotional entreaties

And smoldering debris.

My review

Moments we love is a delightful book filled with poems about all the the moments in our lives that make us the people we are and give our lives meaning. Often these moments are lovely ones, memorable due to this happiness, but others are darker, and are those moments that shape our characters and test our strength and endurance.

This book is divided into three sections as follows:

Moments of Love which features poems that mark the passage of love from youthful, young love to more mature love, memories of love, forbidden love and even the demise of love.

These two short extracts illustrate the fascinating range of the poet’s expression:

From First Love

Like a blooming bud

First love beams bright

Brings distinct delight

Lights up our life

From Rift

We just counted our flaws

And laughed together

When did it become a fissure?

Wide enough to devour us!

Moments of harmony features poems that describe marvelous, harmonious and sometimes riveting and momentous moments in the poet’s life. Here are two more contrasting concepts from this section:

From Redwoods

Here I stand merging in the trees

Awed by their grandeur

Dazzled by their magnificence

Startled by the decay

New shoots sprouting from

Dead trees, testifying their latent power.

From Now I understand you!

Not that I detested your game

Of turning tables on me

Changing at will, ticking away

Robbing me of my dreams

Stealing my momentous moments

Impelling me to follow your schemes

Moments that make life is the final section of this book and features beautiful poems about moments of decision and purpose in the poet’s life. There are some amazingly descriptive poems including Isolated Child, New Beginnings and My Mother, which I particularly enjoyed.

The Editor’s Review

A brilliant poet may not color the tangible but rather unearth the hues of the intangible to coat specific dimensions to life. Balroop Singh masterfully spots the hues, decluttering them to seek particularity, taking us to the core of her dynamic worldview. ‘Words just swirled around us, Eager to be spoken, Sitting on the tip of tongues, We were guessing, The stories that lay within’ is one of her call-outs to help unhide the potent of what we don’t express.

Moments We Love is an enthralling and affecting spread of poems on a table where Balroop’s polished menu commands that the cuisines of life be consumed gently, each breath be taken consciously, and the fleeting feels between the lines be mined timely.

While ‘Breezy silence of your eyes, When they stirred skies’ points to the unimaginable possibilities of a heart with warmth, and ‘Morning mist obscured my view, Chilly winds enveloped me, Yet the lure of unknown love’ romances us into the sweetness of longing, ‘I pass by this desolate path, Receding foliage reminds me, Blossoms don’t smile here’ singes our passivity to avoid a future of disquiet.

What oxygenates in the book for the reader is the author’s uncompromising clarity that flows inward, and while it brims inside with rhythm and melody, we begin to make sense of what rushes outward, altering perspectives. And though the world that her words weave reflects our realities, she doesn’t abandon us for her webs of hard truths—if maneuvered lovingly, have solutions within. ‘A precursor of serenity, Glimmer glows within me, I abandoned your crutches.’

When I was reading the book, I was constantly reminded of the likelihood that some of the poems might be autobiographical, impressing me since only a brave and intelligent writer could dish out the emotions like she did; only a compassionate writer could stand in the line of fire and yet smile, and yet be thoroughly objective for the benefit of the others.

Book after book that Balroop has penned, she has been unwaveringly consistent with her universal themes. And with Moments We Love, she eloquently inspires us to believe in self and stand tall without fear; that our fear is indeed our solution. The impact of her verse is such that when I look at a peach and think that if peach were fear and its seed a solution, I can chew through the fruit—gently and consciously and through the heartbeats of resistance—to find my solution. Well, Balroop can unearth the hues of the seed without a single bite, which defines her writing.

Like she writes, ‘Still holding the fragments? Still haunted by ghosts? Loosen that grip, Let the demons fly.’ Yes, I say. Eat your fear. After all, the solution is at the core and we can plant the seed to sprout more solutions.

–  Mahesh Nair

Author Bio

Balroop Singh

Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing.  She is a poet, a creative non-fiction writer, a relaxed blogger and a doting grandma. She writes about people, emotions and relationships. Her poetry highlights the fact that happiness is not a destination but a chasm to bury agony, anguish, grief, distress and move on! No sea of solitude is so deep that it can drown us. Sometimes aspirations are trampled upon, the boulders of exploitation and discrimination may block your path but those who tread on undeterred are always successful.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they threaten to shatter your dreams, it is better to break free rather than get sucked by the vortex of emotions.

A self-published author, she is the poet of Sublime Shadows of Life and  Emerging From Shadows, both widely acclaimed poetry books. She has also written When Success Eludes, Emotional Truths Of Relationships Read FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Allow Yourself to be a Better Person.

Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.

Contact Balroop Singh

You can visit her blog at: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/BalroopShado

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971

https://www.pinterest.com/balroops/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Excerpt

Eternal Love

 Like soft flowers under our feet

Like lovely drops of first rain

Like moonlight soothing our eyes

Love tiptoes into our life

 

It carries us far into wilderness,

Its magic unfolds with trust

Its gentle caresses mesmerize

Its fragrance ferries amorous delight

 

Love is that exquisite emotion

Which remains deeply dormant

Till that irresistible urge beckons

And it becomes a force to reckon

 

Love ignites a fire within us

A fire of passion, of quest, of possession

It leads us into new adventures

It makes life so exhilarating

 

Love drowns dreary thoughts

It gives wings to our heart,

It transports us into another world

A world of blissful choice

 

True love keeps smiling in our eyes

Like a fountain that never dries

It instills hope, respect, patience

The journey of love is so elating.

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#Bookreview #Childrensbooks – SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES (PORTAL TO THE LAND OF FAE Book 3)

SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES (PORTAL TO THE LAND OF FAE Book 3)

I came across July Mastrangelo’s beautiful artwork and books quite by accident on Facebook the other day. I was really taken with her imagination and delightful pictures and bought one of her books to investigate further. It certainly met my expectations.

What Amazon says

SECRETS OF THE FAIRIES tells of the hidden world of Elves and Fairies, little known to mortals, You will learn about the amazing goings on in Fairyland, which might be a surprise, yet promises to be a delight. The beautiful art in this book will mesmerize and enthrall all who see it.

PRESS RELEASE:

Some hidden secrets in the book show elves and fairies in their magical worlds of THE FOUR SEASONS. Her “SPRING SONG” piece depicts a musical singing fairy surrounded by all of her sweet animal friends. Then, in “SUMMER DREAMS,” you will see a very dreamy fairy with her tiny elf and sprites all asleep in their flowers. You will also be invited to visit an exuberant AUTUMN BALLET fairy masquerade ball.  And the lovely WINTER FAIRY will create for you a sparkling, snowy, glittering world. This book also tells of the delightful love life of elves and fairies.  Other secrets are revealed of the tender sweet love of mother fairies and their little ones, such as in her paintings “MOTHER FAIRY’S KISS” and “MY LITTLE ROSEBUD.”

My review

This is a beautifully illustrated book for children which shares the story of the secrets of the fairies in the form of a series of delightfully descriptive paragraphs for each specific thought and secret. Each paragraph is illustrated with its own related fairy picture complimenting the content.

This book reminded me of the famous book, The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper’s Feast, which also tells a story in a series of poetic verses, illustrated with magnificent pictures.

The book features a number of different fairies and their secrets, including Fairy Serenade, which tells of a little elf who serenades his fairy love by the light of the moon, Elf Scribe, which features an elf writer who writes beneath his Bell Flower light; My Little Rosebud which shares the story of a mother singing her Rosebud Child to sleep and Christmas Tree Fairy who lives in the World of Childhood Dreams.

The verbiage in this book is fairly sophisticated so caregivers may need to read this book to very young readers and explain certain words and descriptions to them but it is definitely worthwhile to invest the time and share this magical world with a child.

About the author

Judy Mastrangelo has painted her whole life. She has also written and illustrated several books, which include themes of poetry, fairy tales, and fairies. Many wonderful artists of the past were a great influence in her artwork, such as those of the Italian Renaissance, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and Artists of the Golden Age of Illustration, such as Maxfield Parrish and Beatrix Potter. Her books are now published by IMAGINATION BOOKS: https://judymastrangelo.com/portfolio/books/

Judy licenses her artwork in several markets. Many products which use her paintings are available for purchase to the public. Some of these products include wall murals from “MAGIC MURALS,” cross stitch patterns from “HEAVEN AND EARTH DESIGNS,” art for inspirational card decks produced by “US GAMES SYSTEMS Inc.,” and night lights produced by “NIGHT LIGHT DESIGNS”. Many fine art prints of her paintings are available for purchase from amazon.com, art.com, and several other art print companies.

You can see and hear podcasts about Judy’s artwork on YouTube. These include some radio interviews, plus several teaching podcasts about the steps she takes in the creation of her art.

Judy daydreams about her paintings for a while before putting them on canvas. This preliminary technique of “Mind-Painting” helps her to develop an imaginative work of art.

To learn more about her art and products, and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit: www.judymastrangelo.com

Here is Judy’s latest radio blog interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/biteradiome/2019/07/25/portal-to-the-land-of-fae-with-judy-mastrangelo

Find Judy Mastrangelo

Twitter: @JMastrangeloArt

Instagram: jmastrangeloart

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/judymastrangelo/

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