Synopsis via Amazon:
To all those who wear their hearts on their sleeve because I know sometimes that can get messy.
Sarah Northwood, award-winning author of multiple novels and multi fiction writer presents her fourth poetry collection, Poetry of the Heart and Soul. This moving collection is split into roughly three parts. Beginning with relatable pieces which delve into the mind of anxiety and feelings of inadequacy, then exploring what it is to love and feel loved. Ending with uplifting and inspirational pieces, each poem includes a footnote from the author.
I am part of Sarah Northwood’s advanced reader/beta reader group. It has been such a delight to discover a new author/poet via Kaleigh @(Cooking The Books) who invited me to beta read Sarah’s book.
I’m glad that she did as I thoroughly enjoyed Poetry of The Heart And Soul. It’s a beautiful collection of poetry – personal to the author in many ways and shared in a thoughtful, generous and accessible way.
There are considerate touches in this collection – the asterisked explanations of some of the poems enabling the reader to get a deeper insight into the author’s thought processes whilst writing Heart and Soul. For instance, in Fears, she explains that the poem was written at a time when she was fed up of giving life to her fears.
There are three lined poems like Minor Key, touching upon the subject of melancholy and Fly which manages to be magical in its brevity. Longer story type poems grace this collection too – such as Lost.
I loved all the poems but especially:
Falling (inspired by a visual cue)
Blue (which was originally a lyrical piece to put to music)
Cease and Desist – that made me smile – our British obsession with the weather!
Reach Out (suicide prevention)
Presently (about holding back the years.)
More than Once (on the subject of life and marriage.)
My Kind of Romance
A Mother’s Love
My rating 5 stars. Highly recommended for poetry enthusiasts.
Sarah Northwood is a multi-genre British fiction author. She enjoys writing stories and poems for children, young adults and adults alike.
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A wonderful review to share, Marje. Thank you! 🙂
Yes it’s a lovely poetry book. 🙂
You’re so kind, thank you <3
Happy to help Sarah. 🙂
So nice of her to write this review. Her comments were incredibly helpful during the beta phase too!
Aww it was my pleasure. And a first, never beta read poetry before.
I love poetry and this sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the review.
Me too. Yes, she writes beautifully Brenda. 🙂
Lovely to know there are some fellow poetry lovers out there! I’m hoping to put the book out for a free download fairly soon. Not sure if that would be something you’d be interested in.