Religion · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Winter Song – Saurav Dutt ★★★★

Blurb; From the acclaimed Author of ‘The Butterfly Room’ comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfil the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.

My Review; This is a beautiful story that focuses on a spiritual journey as well as a promise to his wife after she passed away. The story flicks to past memories of his son & wife and the present on his journey to seek answers about their deaths especially his sons. We see a huge range of emotions throughout this story. He even puts himself into some tricky situations and dangerous ones too.

He crosses paths with many people, each with their own story or problems. What becomes apparent is noone can escape death or unlucky times. We all have a story to tell and this is his story even if he has many regrets. It is brilliantly written. Parts really made me think about it all and others were upsetting. But it’s a gorgeous read. Eye opening. One determined man. One long journey ahead. Will he get answers? Will he reach his destination? I will admit it took me a while to get into but I am so glad I persevered. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Religion · Young adult

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★★

Blurb; A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

My Review; Now I must admit this has been on my pile a while waiting to be read and I am so happy I finally got round to reading it. It is an easy read written in verse. But not just that this is such a powerful, uplifting, brave and inspiring story. I praise this book. A book everyone should read.

The story focuses on Xiomara who is struggling with her strict religious mother and her own forced on religion. She doesn’t want to be silent. She knows what she wants but her mother is there to stop her everytime with her defence of religion and sin. She wants a boyfriend. She want to be part of the poetry group. She doesn’t want religion forced on her. She has so many questions but no answers. Can her mother come to accept her? Can they overcome their differences?

Such a brilliant read. I relate to the religion bit strongly I was young when I was made to go to church, communion etc. Shouldn’t it be a choice and not forced? Xiomara stood up for herself and what she believed in – Poetry. Her poems are just amazing and straight from the heart. I just loved her character and everything she went through and stood up for.

This has gone into my top reads of the year and I’d give it all the stars I could. Highly recommend. I urge you all to buy and read it. Just wow. Amazing. No wonder it’s won an award. Beautiful.

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chick-lit · Christmas · Religion · romance

The Little Church By The Sea – Liz Taylorson ★★★★★

Blurb; Isolated and unwelcome in the picturesque seaside village of Rawscar, Reverend Cass Fordyce has lost her faith and her home. Christmas is coming, and she isn’t looking forward to it. Then she meets attractive local man Hal – twice divorced and with a reputation as a ladies’ man he’s everything that a celibate vicar like Cass should avoid… especially as Hal is hiding secrets of his own, including his past with the mysterious Anna.

Can Cass ever find her way in Rawscar? What secret does Hal have to hide? And is there ever such a thing as a truly fresh start?

My Review; What a lovely story. Its was perfect for me. It has a little bit of everything, christmas, romance, cute little village and religion but not too heavily to put the reader off. I enjoyed reading this story. It was easy to read, fast paced and contains short chapters.

When I started this book I didn’t want to put it down I just kept reading chapter after chapter. Yes, I was hooked. I fell in love with the characters, the cute little village and adored the hint of Christmas within too. A one of a kind story that is brilliant, I was sad it had to end. I awarded a well deserved five stars and I would highly recommend this story to you all. I also love the cover. A lovely story. 

The Little Church By The Sea will be released on the 23rd of November so pre-order now. You will not be disappointed and have a brilliant story to read just in time for christmas. Enjoy.