Writing 201: Animals

We are playing
A cat and mouse game.
The scenes change so often
But I am still Being Mary Jane.
I run when
you give me
But slowly,
you reel me
back in.
I’m maimed by
the claws of your affection.
And claimed by
your magnetising attention,
Stealthily watching for my vulnerability.
You’ve wounded me with love
But won’t hone in for the kill.
What are you waiting for
When I’m under your will?

Written as part of Writing 201: Poetry – A two-week challenge exploring forms and devices. 

Today’s challenge: Animals, concrete poem, enjambment.

Writing 201: Journey

I was taking the Express to MoBay,

So I could see all the sights in the day.

But, the bus broke down,

So I turned right around.

It’s a good thing I didn’t yet pay.


Written as part of Writing 201: Poetry – A two-week challenge exploring forms and devices. 

Today’s Challenge: On the menu today: Journeys, limericks, and alliteration.

Writing 201: Water

If only for once

This universal cleanser

Would cleanse evil thoughts.


Written as part of Writing 201: Poetry – A two-week challenge exploring forms and devices. 

Today’s Challenge: Write a poem about water. And/or a haiku. And/or use a simile.

The Last Letter From Your Lover

The first book I ever read by Jojo Moyes was Me Before You. That book made me cry but I enjoyed it immensely. After reading that book, I became a fan. She writes well and her story lines are very good. Therefore, I didn’t hesitate to read The Last Letter from Your Lover. I must admit, the title got me, too.  However, title and author aside, when I read the snippet of a love letter before the first chapter,  I was totally captured. I had to read that book. Then, added to that, I read the first few pages and that was it. No turning back.  She had me. The Last Letter from Your Lover

A Brief Encounter for our time, The Last Letter from Your Lover is a sophisticated, spellbinding double love story that spans decades and thrillingly evokes a bygone era. In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing—not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply “B,” from a man for whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers’ fate—hoping it will inspire her own happy ending. Remarkably moving, this is a novel for romantics of every age.

The book was very riveting and it was also full of suspense. At one point, I was reading it before bed and I was really tired and sleepy. I kept reading because I really wanted to know what happened to the lover after all. I admit it, I skipped forward a few chapters to see and, satisfied, I went to bed. Then as I woke up I continued reading. It is that good. My friend chastised me for doing that but I just had to know! And I am sure you won’t believe she actually wanted me to tell her what happened in a particular situation. The suspense was killing her, too! Yes, the book has that effect. (And no, I didn’t tell ;) ).

I am fascinated by love stories and love letters,  especially those that were from years ago. To me, everything seems to have been more intense back then, including the emotions and the expression of emotions. Once, my sisters and I found some old love letters written to our aunt. A-ma-zing. No one has ever written me a love letter uncoerced before but, hey, there is still time :).

This book, like The Girl You Left Behind, spans more than one generation. When I read the summary, the thought crossed my mind that I would keep remembering and comparing this one to that one but it wasn’t the case after all. Love letters aside, the main present-day character, Ellie, is quite likeable. I liked her a lot. Although she made some silly decisions it is heartening to know that she actually comes to her senses. I’m sure you will like her too and wish her story turns out just as good as the one from the generation before.

Finally, all I’ll say is I love a good romance. I love love letters. And I loved this book.

Favourite Quotes (Just a few but I liked so many parts!)

“I was once told by someone wise that writing is perilous as you cannot always guarantee your words will be read in the spirit in which they were written.”

“Somewhere in this world is a man who loves you, who understands how precious and clever and kind you are. A man who has always loved you and, to his detriment, suspects he always will.”

“If all we are allowed is hours, minutes, I want to be able to etch each of them on to my memory with exquisite clarity so that I can recall them at moments like this, when my very soul feels blackened.”

“You know, you can’t make someone love you again. No matter how much you might want it. Sometimes, unfortunately, the timing is simply…off.”

“Believe me, you have to have a certain confidence in your powers of discretion to let a dentist loose with a drill in your mouth less than an hour after you’ve…um…entertained his wife.”

I would recommend this book to:

  • Everybody!
  • Anyone who loves a good love story (or two).
  • Fans of Jojo Moyes
  • Maybe persons who liked The Girl You Left Behind

My rating: Loved it – 5 out of 5 stars

2015 Reading Challenge  – #29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.

Mean Streak

Fat Tuesday and Smash Cut are the best books I have ever read from Sandra Brown. The latter is actually one of my favourites. Recently I read her relatively new novel, Mean Streak, and I must declare that it is now right up there with those two bests on my list. The suspense and excitement in Mean Streak are definitely above average. It is one of those books that you don’t want to put down and when you actually have to, you keep replaying what you have read over and over in your head and imagining what will happen next.


Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

I would say I am not all that bad at predicting certain outcomes in a book based on the clues given but I am actually happy to say there was not one thing I predicted that actually played out the way I thought. The book is full of surprises and plot twists that will keep you engaged and engrossed till the very end. Of course, the romance spices things up some.

The only thing I didn’t like in this book is the name of Emory’s “captor”. He refused to reveal his name to Emory or to anybody else who asked. Eventually, we find it out and according to Emory, “it fit him to a tee”. Yeah, right. I didn’t like the name one bit; I didn’t like the first name and I didn’t like the last name (especially not the last name). To me, it needed something sexier and more mysterious, but at the same time very masculine, and the name just didn’t fit the profile of the character that Sandra Brown had painted to me. Anyway, that is just a minor flaw which is almost inconsequential to the major picture.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you think of the name if (or when) you have read this book.

Favourite Quote

“He kissed her like he meant it, like this kiss was going to be the last thing he ever did on earth, and he was going to do it right, thoroughly, and leave nothing wanting.”

I would recommend this book to:

  • Sandra Brown fans
  • Those who like suspense/romantic suspense/mystery/thriller (I’m really not sure which genre this book falls in)
  • Almost anybody

My rating:
Really liked it – 4 out of 5 stars

2015 Reading Challenge
-#16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet.