Saturday, 8 April 2017

Book Review: M.J Trow: The Wigwam Murder

The Wigwam Murder

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Author: M.J Trow.
Title: The Wigwam Murder.
Genre: biography & true accounts, true crime, criminals, biography, true accounts, murder and mayhem,murder, mayhem,


I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got this book from T Squared Books.


First of all l would like to say a big thank you to M.J Trow for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I would also like to say a big thank you to T Squared Books for letting me be apart of their book reviewing team.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


Book Dedication: to Mam, with thanks for her reminiscenes of the war ( and for teaching me to write!).


This book has 220 and 12 chapters.


Acknowledgements: my thanks to all who have contributed to this book.


To those who lived in the thursley area in 1942. - ex – pc a W. Bundy, Miss P.J Dummer, Mr A.E Gale.


To those who knew Joan Wolfe. - Mrs R. Durrant, Mrs Betty Holliday and others.

To 'the Canadians'. - Carl Goodard, Carol White of the personnel records centre, national archives of Canada and Mrs Helen McKay of the battleford branch library.


To Linda Findlay of the surrey police headquarters press office.

To Michael Page of the archivist's department, surrey country council.


To Joan Charman, librarian of the goldalming trust.


To G.R Cpllyer, editor of the surrey advertiser.

To all authors and publishers from whose works l have quoted.


To my wife, Carol, for all her hours of labour ate the keyboard and her continued help and support.


Synopsis: The wigwam murder – as the case against August Sangret came to be known – was one of most brilliant pieces of detection and forensic science then on record Drs Keith Simpsons, Eric Gardner and Gerald Roche Lynch worked together to present a comprehensive body of work that convinced and shocked the jury. It was the first time that a human skull had been produced in a British court room. It belonged to Joan Pearl Wolfe, a nineteen-year-old runaway and vagrant who hung around Canadian army camps, particularly in the hankley common, Surrey, area. The man who went to the gallows in April 1943 for the capital crime of murder was August Sangret, a french – Canada metis Indian despite the amazing forensic work, the evidence against him was purely circumstantial 'no, sir, I never killed that girl, somebody did it and I guess I will have to take the rap,' he said. In this compassionate re – telling of the short and tragic relationship between the two young misfits, M.J Trow builds on his reputation as a chronicler of human failings and bringer of the light of day in to the cold pragmantism of the courtroom with a foreword and afterword to give the 21st century reader some additional insight in to both the time of the murder and the time of the original research of twenty years ago, this book is a gripping and at times heartrending tale of two lost people in a world torn by war.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great this book really is. This book is really a great read and it did not take me long to finish this book. I reviewed this book on goodreads, amazon UK and US and on my blog. I got this book in paperback but it is available in kindle edition. I was sad to read about Joan Pearl Wolfe murder I hope the police catch who murdered her I would love to read more from this storyline and more from the author I wish this book would not finish. This book is truly gripping it will leave you wanting more. I hate how a person can take a life of another person. I am glad this book is on my bookshelf. I was really sad to finish this book. I was sad that Joan did not get to turn 20 years old and her baby never got a chance to live outside the womb. Joan sounded like a sweet girl. I wish she had got to go home to see her family again. I feel for Joan's mother no mother should have to bury their children I wish Joan's mother had got to see her daughter become a mother and she got to see her grandchild. I was sad to read that Joan's father gassed himself I wish they knew why he committed suicide I think Joan would have been different if her father was still alive to help. Her mother tried everything to get her beloved daughter to come home but nothing made Joan want to come home which l thought Joan would want to be around her family at the time so she would not be alone while she was pregnant. When I was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier and chill on my bed and listen to magic or something on spotify or something on TV or netflix l also put on my christmas lights on that are on my christmas tree. I sometimes light a candle when l was reading this book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not get enough of this book. I do not understand if August did not murder Joan why would he take the blame like August Sangret did if was me l would not take the blame for something l never did. I was wondering if Joan's skull was buried with the rest of her body after reading that it was shown in court l hope it was and she has a nice spot in the graveyard where her family can go and remember their beloved family and her unborn baby and put flowers on the grave. I was sad that Joan's life was cut short and in a violent way and it was upsetting that she was not discovered for a few weeks and that maggots and rats had been eating away at her so they could not tell if she was pregnant because her womb had been eaten. I loved this book I would happily read this book again because l really enjoyed it. Sometimes it is good just to chill reading a good book when you are not well or in pain like l am with arthritis. I also took a picture of this book to share it to my Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called donnareviewsbooks.


Afterword: Since the writing of the Wigwam murder, the world has turned, but nothing new has emerged in this particular case. The aftermath of let him have it, Chris was astonishing not only was the murder conviction against Derek Bentley overturned, but the laws that made it possible, that of joint felonious enterprise, has been repealed the Bentley decision, the hanging of an educationally subnormal boy for a murder he did not commit, was controversial from day one. The Wigwam case was not there was a war on, newsprint itself was in scarce supply and the jury was sufficiently swayed by the evidence to find August Sangret guilty. Despite their recommendation to mercy, no mercy was extended to the outsider, the loner without any real friends in the book you have just read, I find the evidence against Sangret circumstantial and the verdict unsafe, but l concede I may be in a minority of one. Thames television, as they then were, contacted soon after publication. The story of an Indian living in a Wigwam in rural surrey intrigued them (though I suspect they may have had their wires crossed with grey owl, Archibald belaney, 1888 – 1938) and l 're-enacted' the murder on location, swinging a birch branch towards the camera lens and scrabbling through the undergrowth since this was a local news 'feature', there was no fee and l am not even sure if it was ever shown very belatedly, l was contacted by a member of the Sangret family who expected payment because l had 'used' his forebear in a book l decided not to reply to tell him that. That was not how publishing worked! Years later still, I was asked by the historical society at Scotland yard to talk to them on the case. The evening was well attended, I showed my power. Point presentation and l hope a good time was had by all. The famous 'black museum' which I have now visited twice, thanks to the metropolitan police's good offices, could not help with the Sangret case because it came under the jurisdiction of the surrey police at the time the most bizarre follow up to the Wigwam murder was a letter out of the blue from a man who claimed to be August Sangret's son, he could not understand how l could have got my facts so wrong because his mother had told him that Sangret was his father and he had not been born until 1950. since this was some seven years after the metis execution, I could not understand that either welcome to the world of true crime!
About The Author: M.J Trow (the 'M' as most people know stands for Meirion, a welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M.J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'My') has been writing for many years, with his first book – the adventures of inspector Lestrade – being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and three other crime series (Maxwell, Marlowe and Grand and Batchelor, the latter two written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that is just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects ( with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience. To relax he... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he does not really ever relax. He has been know to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships – in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in cape town, setting off on a long voyage home to southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a force 9 just leaving the bay. Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol ( aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, know as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands; Gemma Hayes, the coal porters, circulus and currently acid-folk ensemble the lords of thyme. He also records and tour-manages. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it is just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a welshman!.


About The Book: I really like the bookcover and the colours used on the cover are really nice they are not too bright and not too dark. I really like that some of the writing is in grey and some is in white as it makes it stand out more.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.






Book Review: Brenda L Thomas: Laying Down My Burdens: A Memoir: A Journey From Abuse To Self-Discovery

Laying Down My Burdens, a memoir: A Journey from Abuse to Self-Discovery

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Author: Brenda L. Thomas.
Title: Laying Down My Burdens: A Memoir: A Journey From Abuse To Self-Discovery.
Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Biographies, Mental Health, Biography & True Accounts, Memoirs,


This book l got as part of a goodreads giveaway and firstreads. I have never won anything before I want to say a big thank you to goodreads for having a great site and I want to say a big thank you to the person who hosted the giveaway and picking me as a winner.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


Book Dedication: To my children, Kelisha L. and Kelvin J. for all that I have put you through – hoping that this provides understanding and reason why I do the things I do. Remember: when you are not focused on god, he is focused on you. I love you mom.


This book has 192 pages and 20 chapters in it.


Synopsis: Essence best – selling author Brenda L. Thomas presents a departure from fiction as she ventures in to the difficult reality of her own past. Laying down my burdens is a gritty and deeply moving depiction of the author's struggle with domestic violence and its threats to her self esteem. Laying down my burdens tells a frighteningly familiar tale that takes a positive turn as Thomas overcomes a number of obstacles to become an independent, successful woman.


Review: I found this book really easy to get into and very very hard to put down once l started reading it. My mum is a domestic violence survivor aswell. I can not put in to words how great and sad this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves. I am glad Brenda survived what she went though and was brave to tell everything she went though. I think she is very brave to write this book. I was glad Brenda tole the world what she went though it also raises awareness for domestic violence. I was really sad to read that Brenda was beaten in front of her daughter I was glad Brenda was brave enough to write everything down and it must have been hard going over all the stuff you went though. It was really nice that she dedicated the book to her two children. It was sad that when she was hit he would tell her it was her own fault. I was sad to read that Brenda was hit with a metal dog lead. Sounds like Brenda's daughter and son was her reason for fighting back as well as wanting to stop the violence. It was not Brenda fault that he beat her it sounds like he told her that it was her own fault to make himself feel better. It did not take me long to read this book I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. I was sad to finish reading this book I wish it did not end and I would love to read more from Brenda L. Thomas. I was sad that Russell cheated on Brenda and got other women pregnant and then he attacked Brenda saying she was cheating on him. He forced Brenda to have sex with him after he beat her. I was sad that Brenda's daughter seen her mother bruised and bleeding. I feel sorry for Brenda and her daughter. I think Brenda's family had the right to be worried about Brenda and her daughter when they was with Russell. Russell sounds like a violent bully who can only hit women. This is and amazing book but sad at the same time. I can not get enough of this. I was happy to read that Brenda went to rehab to get clean and Rusty and Kelisha sound like great children. I loved reading about Brenda's life and her fight to survive years of domestic violence and to over come her drug addiction. I was glad that Brenda was clean of all drugs. Brenda found cards and letters from other women confessing their love to her husband. Brenda wanted the best for Kelisha even if it meant being away from her daughter. Kelisha was living with Brenda's parents and Rusty was living with Russell's mother but Kelisha and Rusty knew that their mother loved them no matter if they was together or apart. I would love to read more about Brenda and her life. I was happy that Brenda stood up to Russell but was sad that he was stopping her seeing Rusty. I was happy that she meet someone else I just hope Gerald did not hurt or use Brenda. I was happy that Brenda moved to Washington D.C with her daughter Kelisha after divorcing Russell. I was happy Brenda and Kelisha was starting fresh. I am sad that Brenda will never be seeing Rusty again. I hope Rusty remembers that Brenda will always love him and that she will forever be his mother and he will always have a place in her heart.


A Note To My Readers: The subject matter of this memoir is not intended to be offensive, but to adequately depict the serious nature of domestic violence. It is not a work of journalism, the only claim I make regarding interchanges with the people portrayed here is that these interchanges are recreations of my own emotions and memories. All I know is that these are the words and incidents that so many years later resound in my memory.


Disclaimer: In order to protect the privacy of certain individuals in this book, names and other identifying characteristics have been changed.


About The Author: Since self – publishing threesome in 2001, Thomas' literary skills and unique perspective have caught the attention of major media outlets whether it is TV or print, she is not one to shy away from giving her opinion after working as a personal assistant to an NBA athlete, Thomas became an expert on their culture, later appearing on CNN, NBC's dateline and entertainment tonight, to name a few since fourplay, the velvet rope and every woman's got a secret, as well as two anthologies, four degrees of heat and kiss the year goodbye. Brenda lives in her hometown of Philadelphia, where she is surrounded by family and friends.


About The Book: I really like this bookcover and l really like the picture of I think it is the author. I like the colours on this cover.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish I could rate this book more then five stars because it is worth more then the five stars l rated it.






















































Sunday, 2 April 2017

Book Review: Mary Weldon: How I Suicided Not

How I Suicided Not

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Author: Mary Weldon.
Title: How I Suicided not.
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary and Literature & Fiction, Literature, Memoirs, Biography, Biographies,.


This book I got as part of a goodreads giveaway and firstreads. I have never won anything before. I want to say a big thank you to goodreads for having a great site and I want to say a big thank you to the person who hosted the giveaway and picking me as a winner.


I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read book like this.


I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone l am so glad l did because I have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


I highly recommend this book.


This book has 210 pages and 7 chapters in it.


Book Dedication: For M., my soulmate and the love of my life, to my sisters, to our families and friends, including my sisters who mean the world to me, and especially to the one I have known all my life who has been my friend and confidante. I dedicate the song by Francis Cabrel, Je T'aimais, Je T'aime, Et Je T'aimerai which means I have loved you, I love you, and I will always love you. For my special sibling who will remain nameless because of privacy reasons, she has always offered encouragement and support and been my cheering section. I do not know how I would have made it with her R, O, C, and E,. his daughter Katy, a friend who died of suicide, M's kind family and friends who have been great, who first along with M saw this book and heard me read it to them and were supportive about it. For R, my aunts, uncles, and cousins. This book is dedicated to all of you with love. Thanks to Nazareth college of rochester, NY, and all the staff and students that l knew; to rochester, NY, liverpool high school, syracuse, NY, the people at church watertown, NY, New York city and Rennes frances, and the friends l made there in 1993 – 1994. for 12 step groups everywhere such as Alanon for friends and family of alcoholics. God bless you all.


Synopsis: How I suicided not is a story about the author's life and experiences, from birth until her early thirties. It tells about how she went from mostly happy childhood and young adulthood to depression, anxiety, and poverty, which did not help – her mother nearly died when the author was nine, and the 1979 swine shot was the culprit. Mary Weldon put herself through college, got a scholarship, studied in france, and developed depression and a eating disorder. Ultimately, self help books and the local clinic as well as a few hospital stays helped her to choose life. Some relationships faltered and did not succeed, but she kept her chin up and kept her faith in god.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page I was sad to read that mary's mother nearly died after having the swine flu shot when mary was nine years old I am glad she survived. I was sad that Mary's mother and father split up when Mary and her sister was younger. The family that mary stay with when she was in france sounds like a great second family I was sad to finish reading this book. I was sad to read that mary lost family members on both her mother's side and her father's side. It did not take me long to finish reading this book. I can not put in to words how great this book really is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great this book really is. I like that Mary and her sister finished school and went to college. I love that Mary went travelling I was sad to read that a lady that Mary was staying with passed away it was nice of mary to go to her funeral. It was very sad to read that one of Mary' housemates mother passed away due to cancer. Mary was there for her housemate and went to her funeral. I would love to read more about Mary, her family and friends and her life. I was sad to read that Mary's mother passed away at the age of 70. Mary's father always sent his two beloved daughters money to help with stuff for school, college, clothes or food. I was sad to read that Mary tried to commit suicide twice I am glad she is still alive. I am in love with this book. I was sad Mary's now ex – boyfriend was stalking her. I was happy that Mary's mother got married again and l was happy Mary's sister finished college. I am happy that Mary found someone to look after her and they are engaged to each other. I hope Mary and her fiancee have children once they are married. This book is truly amazing I wish to read more from Mary Weldon. I was sad to read what happened to poet when he was younger. I was happy that Mary got a job but her ex – boyfriend and his girlfriend was there in the place where Mary was working. I am glad Mary hid so he could not see her. It was nice to read that Mary wrote that if poet's daughters wanted to know anything about their father or need help to contact her publishers and Mary would try to help them the best she could. I was sad to read that poet's daughter's mother passed away and his daughters where left with somebody that was not their father I think his daughters should have been given to their father. Poet sounds like a great father. He also sounds like he writes some great poetry. I wish I could read some of his poems. I really enjoyed reading this book. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on and chill on my bed listening to magic or something on TV or netflix.


About The Author: Mary Weldon lives in the northern part of New York where she has a cat and dog as well as a fiancee. She has been writing since she was 12 years old, when she wrote 300 pages of stories based on Greek mythology. Currently she is working on a sequel to this book, and after that a book about god for children, and next a retelling of the stories she wrote at 12 – 14 years of age mentioned above. God bless you and thanks for reading the books.


About The Book: I really love this book and the colours on this bookcover are great and my favorite colour is used on the cover and the writing being in yellow and white makes it stand out more.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars


I wish l could rate this book more than five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.





Thursday, 30 March 2017

Book Review: Bethan White: Downward

Downward

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Author: Bethan White.
Title: Downward.
Genre: crime, thrillers & mystery, psychological, fiction, thriller, novel, crime, mystery,.

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I got this book from t squared books.

First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Bethan White for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read it. I would like to say a big thank you to T squared books for letting me be apart of their book reviewing team.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.

I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.


Book Dedication: This book is dedicated to all who travel with a black dog at their side.


This book has 229 pages and 17 chapters in it.

I highly recommend this book.


Synopsis: Imagine a man, no stupider or thoughtless than anyone else you might meet. He struggles with depression and the denial which is so often it is traveling companion, and this takes him on a downward spiral which sucks so many others in to his wake. No fall from grace happens to just one person, the high velocity spatter of a life suddenly in ruins touches everyone and no one is ever the same again. Not everyone crashes and burns in his headlong flight, some are collateral damage and boy, do they deserve it! Some are hurt but can limp away, to carry on lives which are not worse, just different. Others gain knowledge, perspective and another layer of skin, making them more fit for the rest of their lives. Love, betrayal, lies and secrets pave the road of good intentions – just as life as never all dark or all light, downward is peopled with those you will want to slap, those you will want to applaud and those who you just want to hug until you make it better. From the time that tiny pebbles starts the avalanche until all lies in chaos at the bottom of the mountain, this book will hold you tight and may never let you go.


Review: I found this book really easy to get in to. I found it really hard to put down once l started reading it. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page this book is totally gripping. It will leave you wanting more. I am so glad this book is on my bookshelf. It did not take me long to finish this book l wish this book did not end and l was sad to finish reading it. I would happily read this book again. I could not get enough of this book and storyline. I wish I could read more from this author and storyline. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. Chris and Megan sound like a great couple. I was sad to read that Megan's mother told people that Chris was hitting Megan and Chris ended up losing his job because of it. Chris's boss sounds stupid and I can not believe Chris's boss is cheating on his wife. No body deserves to be cheated on. I think Chris only slept with that horrible woman because of the medicine that his old friend Mark give him, l can tell Chris only loves Megan and their son Kyle. I was sad to read that Chris's father passed away and then his mother married a vicar and she sold the house where Chris and his sister Claire grew up in and his mother left behind the heights of both her children that she marked on the wall. She also left all the memories that she, her husband and her children made in the house. I hope Chris and Megan get back together. It is sad that Chris has nightmares about being attacked by a black dog. I am glad Dave's wife found about he was having a affair it is very sad he cheated on her. The woman he cheated on her with quit her job kinda glad she did. It was funny to read that Dave's wife took over her job and grounded him for life. It was nice to read that Gavin was marrying the women he got pregnant and it was really nice that he invited Chris to his stag do. I wish Dave would give Chris his job back. It was nice that Chris give Megan half his money for herself and Kyle. It sounds like Chris's stepfather is jealous of the time his wife is spending with her son. He was upset over flowers and that they ended up on his car. I hope Chris finds somewhere to go because he does not want to mess things up for his mother and his stepfather. It was nice of Chris's mother to give him some money and her husband should not be watching porn because he is a vicar. It was nice that Sam found a nice lady to look after Kyle so Megan could have a night out. I was very upset that the women Gavin was marrying got drunk while she was pregnant she clearly does not know drinking when pregnant can hurt your baby I hope the baby is okay. It was nice that Mark invited Chris in to his flat for a guys night. I like that Mark was helping Chris and l am glad Chris went to the doctors and was going to the job centreand somebody about a place of his own. Mark sounds like a great guy/friend I really liked this book. Cassie sounds like a great lady adnd she knows what Chris is going through because she is going through the same. Lily sounds like she is great with children. Kyle sounds like he really likes Lily but it also sounds like he misses his father and it also sounds like Megan misses Chris too. Sarah's husband sounds like he thinks that bringing her a plant home with make everything better I think he should know that it does not. I was sad to read that Chris's father passed away due to cancer. It was nice that Megan had spoke of her worries for and about Chris when she went to the doctors with herself or Kyle. I am glad to read that Chris is getting help with the nightmares and headaches I think he should go for a MRI scan. I was sad that the job centre and housing offices could not help Chris. It was nice that Chris went to stay with his sister Claire and it was nice that she bought him some new clothes for his past birthday's. It was nice that Megan was going out again just wish it was with Chris not Will. It is nice that Kyle likes Lily so much I can tell Chris and Megan love each other so much l think they should get back together and Kyle would have both his parents back under the same roof again. I think Megan should know that Will sleeps with both men and women. I am glad that Will told Megan that he is gay. It was really nice to read that Megan asked Will to help her find Chris and help make things right with him I was glad that Claire told Chris to confront Louise Taylor to ask why she was spreading lies about him. It was nice that Claire give Chris some money to help him. It was funny that Louise Taylor lost her job at the doctor's offices. It was nice that Megan was going looking for Chris I was very sad to read that Chris was stabbed and passed away alone in the cold park and Megan was not far from finding him it is so sad that Megan and Kyle are not going to see Chris again and I was sad to read that when Chris confronted Louise Taylor she fall and hit her head and passed away. When I was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed and listen to magic or spotify or something on television or netflix. I also put on my christmas lights on that are on my christmas tree. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book. It is good to chill and read a good book when you are not well or in pain like l am with arthritis. I reviewed this book on goodreads, my blog, amazon UK and US and l also took a picture of this book and shared it on Instagram that l made just for pictures of my books it is called Donnareviewsbooks.


About The Book: I really like this book cover and l like that it is white and the writing and picture is black because it makes it stand out more. I like the picture it is fitting for the story and name of the book.


Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish I could rate this book more then the five stars because it is worth more then the five stars l rated it.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Book Review: Martin Willitts JR: How To Be Silent

How to Be Silent

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Author: Martin Willitts Jr.
Title: How To Be Silent.
Genre: Literature and Fiction, Poetry, Contemporary, American, Regional and Cultural, United States, Contemporary Fiction,.

This book I got as part as a goodreads giveaway and firstreads. I have never won anything before. I want to say a big thank you to goodreads for having a great site and I want to say a big thank you to the person who hosted the giveaway and picking me as a winner.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this.

I normally read books of this genre but I also stepped outside my comfort zone. I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

I highly recommend this book.

This book has 90 pages in it.

Quotes From This Book:

This ecstatic poets wrote lovingly about the search for god and when they found god, they were overwhelmed with god's presence. They reached out with praise, or psalms, or anguish, or tribulations, or struggled with the unspeakable, of found they could not give words to what they had seen or heard, but many of the mystics saw god as love.

You can hear the footsteps of god when silence reigns in the mind. - Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

We need to find god, and he can not be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence, see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... we need silence to be able to touch souls. - Mother Teresa.
In the beginning was the conversation. - Erasmus' translation of John 1:1.

Whoever discovers what these sayings mean will not taste death. – Jesus, according Thomas, dead sea scrolls, saying #1.

Know what is in front of your face and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. - Jesus, according to Thomas, dead sea scrolls, saying #5.

Even though you are not equipped, keep searching: equipment is not necessary on the way to the lord. - Rumi, the journey.

And then alone in cold, light, open space, yet still deep within the mature erected form, a gasping for the clear air of the first one, the old one. - Rilke, imaginary life journey.

A “daemon” according to socrates, was a spirit who would speak up when it was about to something not in accord with its true nature.

Kabir says this: when the guest is being search for, it is the intensity of the longing for the guest that does all the work. Look at me, and you will see a slave of that intensity. - Kabir, ecstatic poems (2004), version by Robert Bly.

We should highly rejoice that god dwells in our soul and still more highly should we rejoice that our soul dwells in god. - Saint Julian of Norwich, infinite love.

No sound of the mid-day bell enters this fastness where blue mist rises from bamboo graves: down from a high peak hangs a waterfall; none knows where he has gone, so sadly l rest, with my back leaning against a pine. - Li Po, visiting a taoist on tiatien mountain.

One night as l sat in quiet, I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast I know it is the source of all of us. - Mirabai.

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. - Meister Eckhart.

How shall the heart be reconciled/ to it is feast of losses?. - Mary Karr, facing altars poetry and prayer.

For god is not the author of confusion, but of peace. - I Corinthians, 14:33.

Synopsis: This is a collection of meditative spiritual poems Martin Willitts, Jr lives simple quaker principle of god is everywhere, in everyone”, seeing both the good and bad, but also the awe of waking every day. He turns inwards with silent meditation and outward with his own version of psalms. He knows the small objects are just as important as the large for our own survival. This book will be appreciated by people who like poets such as Rumi, Hafez, Thomas Merlon, Emily Dickinson, Lalla, Rilke, Dogen, Yeats, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Gerard Manley, Hopkins, Blake, Kabir, Mirabai, St Augustine, William Stafford, George Herbert, Meister Eckhart, Li Po, St Teresa of Avila, Simone Weil, St Francis of Assisi, Kahlil Gibran, St Catherine of Siena, St Thoams Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, and D.H. Lawrence.

Review By Other People:

Like “finding secrets in an acorn” this book can “shush the stars” in its intense, yet humble description of a spiritual journey in to silence of listening, the silence of unexpected encounters with the frail, omniscient love. A mystic poet, a passionate and patient gardener, and an expert weaver of words, Martin Willitts Jr takes us on the way through a world “that folds into a pocket” to ecstatic visions “in the presence of absence” these poems, inspired by Rumi, Gnostic Gospels, Kabir, Li Po, Blake, mother Teresa, and other mystics, resound with birdsongs notes “building a ladder of light” and teach us to “ accept the emptiness of our hearts” - since at the end, only the “tender rain” of love remains. This book of psalms, reflections, and meditations is a manual for seekers of truth beyond religions and rituals, the truth that we breathe in, while “free-falling” into endlessness, into trust. - Maja Trochimczyk, PhD, poet, music historian, and editor of meditations on divine names ( moonrise press, 2012).

This exquisite poetry collection explores silence as a spiritual pathway, journey, search, and discovery. Each poem is a tiny gem at once delicate and deep, dark and luminous. Studded with surprising imagery – nightjars “belonging more to darkness than to the known” , A nightingale who “sings a peach blossom frominvisible stillness” - these poems rouse and delight, opening the reader's eyes to the many unexpected facets of silence, Willitts is a virtuoso at balance and harmony while his poems are tinged in dark hues of imperfection, unworthiness, and loss - “ a flight of rain has departed without you” - they never fail to bring us back to brightness at just the right moment reminding us that “loss never empties light completely” as Willitts delves into the myriad ways silence plays out in our lives, he calls on the reader to listen, closely and deeply, for the messages we will find there. - Jill Jepson, author of writing as a sacred path: a practical guide to writing with passion and purpose.

These poems are a window into a darkness that is filled with light... A meditative space filled with dusky wings that carry us aloft with those things that are greater than ourselves, shimmering with the clarity of a moonlit mountain lake. - Jared Smith, author of to the dark angels.

Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read this book for themselves to know how great it really is. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page. It did not take me long to read this book. There is some great poems and quotes in this book. When l was reading this book I would put some essential oils in my humidifier and put the lights on my humidifier on and chill on my bed and listen to magic or spotify. I also put on my christmas lights that are on my christmas tree. I sometimes light a candle when l am reading this book.

About The Author: Martin Willitts Jr is a retired librarian. He was a field medic for american friends service committee (Quaker),a former jazz musician, and has built over 100 houses for habitat for humanity. He won the 2014 broad sided award, the 2014 Dylan Thomas international poetry contest, and editor's choice in rattle's ekphrastic challenge (June 2015) he has more than 20 chapbooks to his credit plus 11 full – length volumes, including the national ecological award winner searching for what you cannot see (hiraeth press, 2013) . Dylan Thomas and the writer's shed is due out from futurecycle press in 2017.

About The Book: I love the picture on this book cover. I like the colours used on this bookcover and the colour used for the font makes the writing stand out more.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.


I wish l could rate this book more than the five stars because it is worth more than the five stars l rated it.