How Dare – A Sonnet

How dare you say my love has come too soon,

As though love ever paid mind to the mind,

And would you have me curb my desire often?

Could love be taught to wait till it was time?

Could love be made to sleep all through the night,

As hand in hand, we tiptoe room to room?

Could love be trained to draw back from the light,

And answer only to the calling moon?

But dare I say you ask for far too much?

You, who have earned this gift that you so fear,

You who has me yearning for one touch,

It grows, it grows – a truth you have to bear.

How dare you show me love the way you do,

And tell me that my love has come to soon.

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It’s The Little Things – A Review

It’s The Little Things

By Erica James

I bought this book as a birthday present for my sister, because I have realised these are the sorts of stories she liked. However, as fate would have it, I ended up reading it first (No, I am not one of those people who buy things for people so that they can make use of it themselves; at least I am not usually this way), and I am now thoroughly convinced that she will love it.

its the little thingsAs titles go, It’s the Little Things does not impress me. It seems obvious somehow; but it is also a title that immediately alerts the reader to the genre of the book – which I would tentatively say is Romance. It certainly achieves what it set out to achieve, so I will give it a 5/10.

We follow three, and then four characters – Dan, Sally, Chloe and Seth, as they navigate the minefield that we call being in a relationship/ being in love. I can’t say the plot is anything I haven’t come across before, or that it is particularly ingenious, but it is certainly a well woven tale. It is a story about normal people, living normal lives and making mistakes that change what would perhaps have been the natural course of their lives. I would give the plot 7/10.

I have read Erica James before – The Queen of New Beginnings (which is a title I love, probably because it reminds me of the song – King of Wishful Thinking…). James certainly has a knack for creating real characters. They are characters that do things that exasperate you and have you wanting to give them a knock on the forehead. Their struggles are struggles you may very well have experienced yourself. You can hate them or love them but you are forced to empathise with them. So I would give the characters a good 8/10.

‘She pitied anyone who had never experienced even a fraction of what she was feeling. At the oddest times, she would catch herself looking at people around her – in a meeting, in a shop – and wonder how they could bear their safe, dull little lives.’

The writing of James and the way the story unfolds is engaging. She draws you in without you even realising. I didn’t think it would turn out to be a book I was loath to put down, but I was reading it at every opportunity at work. I needed to know what would happen to the characters – especially Sally; I needed to know. 9/10 for the writing that is also so superbly British.

All in all James, is a writer to take the time out to read.

29/40

Writing In Whispers One Year Anniversary!!!!

Believe it or not, this blog is now a year old!!!

It is my blogaversary and it is truly incredible.

I named this blog Writing In Whispers because prior to this blog, I had been keeping mum about my work – I didn’t show anyone my fiction, was ashamed of my poetry book collection, had never completed a novel, was afraid of saying I was a writer out loud, was always second-guessing my talents and so on. But as I said at the beginning of this blog, I was done with this life. I was also a failure at blogging – I lacked the consistency. Yet here I am, one full year later, still happy and still proud of my blog.

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