Love Predestination by Xavier Perez-Pons

“It just so happens that sorrow is a great obstacle for words;it stops them from flowing out of your mouth or pen. Even the more pressing ones. One’s life could be in grave danger, and it would still be a superhuman effort just to ask for help.”

LOVE PREDESTINATION: 1st letter of “Love Letters from a Widower: the Mystery of Soul Mates in Light of Ancient Wisdom” by Xavier Pérez-Pons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Predestination. Twin Flames. Soulmates. Are they the same thing? I guess it depends on what you believe.

This is a small book which at first glance might look like a quick read. I took my time to savor it. I read the introduction twice. The story of how the book came together was as important to me, as what the book is about. Maybe, even more so.

The narrator is a widower and writing to his deceased wife, his twin flame. In a series of letters, the first one dated May 22nd, 1999, he explains how through his extensive searching of old religious writings, sage books, ancient wisdom, and even her own library of books, how they are twin flames. He explains how even in her death they will never be parted and gives reasons based upon the searching he has done why this is.

One might say this is the ramblings of a grieving spouse or a demented old man. I found this not to be the case. The narrator appears to be of sound mind in his writings to his deceased spouse. He gives intelligent reasoning and thought to what he writes to her, even if some of it I may or may not agree with.

His letters are loving, beautiful, filled with longing, and hope. He talks about their love before she died and the things they did together. He clearly loved her before her death.

It is worth the read even if you don’t believe in twin flames or soulmates.
If only every one of us could experience a love like this.

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One(#2) by Amanda Lovelace

The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #2)The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not about witches.

This was my introduction to Amanda Lovelace’s work and I am blown away by her prose. My copy has almost all of the pages dog-eared,( Please, don’t freak out bookmark lovers. I don’t do this to all my books.😁) due to my inability to find one poem which didn’t resonate with me on some level.

The power of the poetry in Lovelace’s book comes from a deep understanding of Female(including childhood) traumas, truths, fragility, and abuse. While also drawing the reader in with empowering and encouraging lines for those who are actively struggling.

Some may think the poetry is ‘man-hate’ or ultra feminist. If you’re reading with this mindset this may be all you will get out of her poetry.

I view it as if someone is reaching out a hand with words to survivors of trauma, abuse, those who are lost, or struggling in life.

If you enjoy empowering poetry, Amanda Lovelace brings it to the table, strikes a match, and lights the tablecloth on fire. She watches it burn so the rest of us can stay warm.
CLH

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The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans, 1942-1944 by Robert D. Burhans

The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans, 1942-1944The First Special Service Force: A War History of the North Americans, 1942-1944 by Robert D. Burhans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I own an original copy which was given to my grandfather. He was an original member of the FSSF 6-1. The original blue book was only given to the men who served in the FSSF.

This book is a testament to the combined unit of US and Canadian men who never lost a battle during World War II, were shelled on Anzio for 99 days without relief, climbed La Difensa when no one else could, and liberated Rome 3 days before Normandy.

In 2015 their unit was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington DC after close to 70 years of silence due to the secrets act.

They are the forefathers of our current Special Forces.

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The Princess Saves Herself In This One(#1) by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #1)The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer- Some spoilers.

What to say about The Princess Saves Herself in this One? Having read the second book before this one and this being my introduction to Lovelace’s poetry, I was ready for more fire and ash. I was not prepared for what I spilled out onto the pages of this one.

Lovelace’s poetry is filled with pain, trauma, loss, sorrow and yet, strength and healing as well fill the pages. The conflicting emotions between an abused daughter and the mother who dealt out the abuse made my heart ache with each line I read. As she moved on to watching her mother die while dealing with one of her sisters passing away just before her mother, such sadness in those few lines, I felt her sorrow.

Lovelace’s power is her ability to tell a story in a few lines of poetry where others would take up a page to tell of the suffering in prose. Every line of her strikes at the readers’ heart making one feel the pain, loss and destruction she is feeling( or was feeling) with each pen stroke.

This book, unlike her second one, is darker in some ways. She writes about sexual abuse, cancer, child abuse, self-harm, death, suicide and more. She gives a warning at the opening due to the above.

I found it interesting to note who she dedicated the book to. I find the differences between the two books interesting as well. In this one, she appears younger. Writing about issues that made her who she is or influenced her. Her voice is taking on its shape, tone, and sharp edges almost like a caterpillar about to go through her metamorphosis in this book.

I am looking forward to reading more of her works.

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A Survivor Of The Fire: Book I Of The Mansfield Chronicles by Matt Frisbee

Welcome to the world of Joshua Mansfield born in 1949. His tragic, seemingly impossible journey, as he tries to make his way back home after the bombs of the Third World War fall, is told through a series of journal entries. The Third World War begins in 1974.

Mansfield’s journal is found in the year 2386 and this is how his story survived.

This book focuses upon the historical events before and during 1974 in the beginning. If you are into history and ‘what ifs’ when it comes to history, you might enjoy this book.

Mansfield’s story at first is a little confusing due to the back and forth between journal entries and history but the storyline smooths out not too far into the book.

This is an interesting story, not only the storyline but in the way it is presented to the reader. Each day of Mansfield’s life is documented by a journal entry.

I recommend giving it a chance. I believe readers will be surprised.

This is Matt Frisbee’s debut and I am honored to be given a signed copy and to be asked to review it.

Do you have a book you would like me to review? Message me. Until next time, keep reading and writing! -T

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