#BookReviews- #Poetry from @BalroopShado, #Romance by @megancrane and @kisscrafter


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Spring is in full swing, and we’ve been busy in the garden planting bulbs, vegetable seeds, weeding, soaking in the sun’s rays, watching my cat watch the birds 🙂 and reading!

Balroop Singh opened my eyes to the beauty and grace of poetry. Her latest collection is filled with the magic of her words and a joy to read.

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These poems explore the hope that lies within our heart, hope that whispers each morning to look at the horizon, hope that inspires us to look beyond the chaotic world and take the next step to vanquish the fears that try to fetter us.

Hues of Hope takes us on a journey through the emotional layers of life and love. Young, exciting, fearful, excruciating, peaceful and calming, all are explored with beautiful imagery. It’s impossible not to bathe in the varied emotions the author infuses in her prose.

From … And I Was Alive

Moments of celestial bliss!

The fetters of attachment fell

All masks melted instinctively,

Prejudices tumbled out of hearts.

Singh, Balroop. Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry (p. 11). Kindle Edition.

Magical Fall

She treads on emerald rocks

To admire crimson leaves,

She swings on bare branches

Her words swirl around with ease.

Sometimes she flows with water

Drenching in moments of joy,

Splashing to satiate her passion

Intoxicated by the magic of fall.

Singh, Balroop. Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry (p. 27). Kindle Edition.

And Eternal Love

Like soft flowers under our feet

Like lovely drops of first rain

Like moonlight soothing our eyes

Love tiptoes into our lives.

Singh, Balroop. Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry (p. 43). Kindle Edition.

Beautiful, soothing, relatable. This is a collection to keep and reread repeatedly as a benediction for the soul.


“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

He doesn’t believe in love…
She doesn’t believe in squandering it…

Home nurse Janie Atwood has an ulterior motive in accepting a position with the elderly Damaris in the quaint little Colorado town of Cold River. A letter Janie receives on the death of her beloved grandparents leads her on a search for her roots, a quest that uncovers a checkered history and a family she never expected.

Nor did she imagine falling in love with the irascible sheriff living across the street.

Sheriff Zack Kittridge takes pride in his black and white world. Either you’re doing right or you’re doing wrong, and if it’s the latter he’s happy to guide you back to the straight and narrow. The problem is his new neighbor doesn’t play in the lines. She’s a walking disaster zone, flamboyant with that fiery red hair, prim and unbearably sexy at the same time. In a word; contradictory. Janie Atwood is a puzzle and the sheriff is determined to find what she’s hiding- even if it means breaking some rules.

“People shouldn’t be jobs,” she said quietly. “If all you ever do is your duty, you miss out on all the good stuff that’s right there…

Summer Nights with a Cowboy- Caitlin Crews

And a droll note from Janie’s charge, Damaris

“I don’t understand your generation. Dancing isn’t a test of your manhood. I’s making love with your clothes on, because not everything in this life is meant to be instant gratification.

Summer Nights with a Cowboy- Caitlin Crews

By turns witty, charming, heated, and pensive this is an enjoyable story of learning not to take things at face value or all you’ll have is regret for a bedfellow.


“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

A powerful, emotional novel about the ways love can change your life, Bend Toward the Sun is an unforgettable romance and a feast for the senses and the soul.

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Rowan has been burned more than once in her young life and now goes through the motions without any expectations- that way she can’t be hurt.

Harrison lost a piece of himself when he couldn’t save a child under his care. He’s closed down and refuses to let anyone- even his family- in, that is until a force of nature named Rowen McKinnon enters his life and sheds light into his darkest corners.

“There have been times in my life where the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning was the stubborn curiosity about what might happen that day.”

Bend Toward the Sun- Jen Devon

Set against the background of a beautiful old vineyard in need of love, this is the story of two people who are broken but can’t resist the siren’s call of attraction even as they fight to keep their hearts intact. The characters are complex, the family dynamics heartwarming, the romance steamy- all the things you want in a good love story!


That’s it from me for this week, time to get back to my garden 🙂

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40 Comments

  1. Great reviews. Hues of Hope captivated me. The other reads look like fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jacquie. Looks like the cat was enjoying the sun in the garden! 💕🙂

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    1. Poets like Balroop (and you) are so talented in my eyes.
      Harley loves to climb into the plant pots to sleep, lol

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      1. Thanks so much, Jacquie 💖

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    2. balroop2013 says:

      Thank you Harmony for your fabulous review of Hues of Hope, I am glad you found my poems captivating.

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  2. Terrific reviews today, Jacquie. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. So many great books, so little time, lol

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  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I am not one for poetry but these ones are beautiful Jacquie!

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    1. Balroop, and many other wonderful bloggers, taught me to enjoy the depth and beauty of poetry, and now I’m hooked 🙂

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  4. balroop2013 says:

    What a pleasant surprise Jacquie! Thank you so much for this beautiful review of Hues of Hope. 🥰 I am delighted to hear that you found my words magical… wow! I love that. Spring and poetry is a fascinating combination! I like your recommendations. Bend Toward the Sun sounds very appealing.

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    1. Thank you for bringing the joy of poetry into my world, Balroop- beautiful ❤

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      1. balroop2013 says:

        My pleasure dear friend 🤗

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I agree about Hues of Hope, Jacquie 🙂 Sounds like you’ve been reading some good books! I’ve been got outside last weekend to work in the garden and expanding my Fairy community too. Happy gardening!

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    1. Hues of Hope is a wonderful collection- recommended reading!
      It’s wild and windy here today, so more reading is in the forecast 🙂

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author says:

        Always more reading in the forecast!

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    2. balroop2013 says:

      Thanks Denise!

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  6. Jan Sikes says:

    Lovely reviews, Jacquie. I thoroughly enjoyed Summer Nights with a Cowboy and loved your take on it. Thanks for sharing all of these!

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    1. After reading your review, I had to try it and am so glad I did!

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  7. Teri Polen says:

    I don’t know much about poetry, but these are beautiful excerpts from Balroop’s book. Congrats to all the authors on the reviews!

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    1. Me either, Teri, but Balroop’s poetry touches my heart 🙂

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    2. balroop2013 says:

      Thanks Teri, I am delighted to hear that.

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  8. These all sound good, Jacquie. Great reviews. Glad you shared.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I’m sure you’d love the western 🙂

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      1. I know I would, Jacquie. I do like the author.

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  9. Wonderful reviews to share, Jacquie! Bravo to all. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Natalie!

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  10. The books sound great–and in a few cases, I know they are! But I’m distracted, Jacquie. I just read your story about addiction over on Sally’s blog. I can’t get it out of my mind. What a gift to apply your talent to that problem.

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    1. I’m glad it connected with you, Jacqui. The crisis is real and it’s growing. We need to pay attention or our loved ones could be next.

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      1. It really connected. I have no personal experience in drug abuse, but you brought it to life for me.

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  11. HI Jacqui, thank you for these fabulous reviews. I also loved Hues of Hope.

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    1. Anyone who can write such beautiful passages has my respect!

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  12. Toni Pike says:

    Fantastic reviews, Jacquie, and lovely to see Balroop’s book here. Toni x

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    1. She’s an inspirational writer ❤

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  13. Wonderful reviews, Jacquie. I love the way you include quotes from the books. They give a great feel for the quality of the writing. I always enjoy Balroop’s poetry, and the two romances sound like wonderful summer reads. Thanks for sharing your recommendations.

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    1. The wonderful poets in the blogging world have opened my eyes to their beauty.

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  14. markbierman says:

    I’m always impressed with the high level of skill that Balroop shows in her work. Great review and congratulations to Balroop! Enjoy your gardening, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. I love Balroop’s poetry!

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  15. Love this review, thank you Jacquie 💕

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    1. Balroop is a wonderful poet, Saania. I’m sure you’d enjoy her collections.

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