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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite
Hope Between Heartbeats by Liz Newman is a collection of poems about love and romance. The different poems are divided into four categories: life, love, loss and learning. They also come with a moving dedication (especially the one about “pillars of strength of resilience”) and an extremely personal and poignant preface which I cannot but partly quote: “I have always found comfort in the written word […]. It would make me feel like someone finally understood me and that I was going to be okay […]. I started writing my heart onto blank pages, in hopes that someone somewhere might find some comfort or strength in my writing.” Well, the author accomplished that with flying colors for sure!
Hope Between Heartbeats by Liz Newman is a first-rate collection of poems which deal with all the major topics of the heart including isolation, chasm, body and soul, following one’s own rules, illusion, fading, beauty, mortality… and many more. To top it all, it is not just a collection of poems about similar topics, it is a true opening of the author’s heart in a beautiful series of poems. The style and writing generally speaking is delicate, the words are perfectly selected, the syntax is heartrending, and the stylistic devices (alliteration, assonance, rhyme, personification, and so on) help us understand the message better and make this reading a moment of pure delight. That is why I highly recommend this collection. Thank you to the author for sharing such a gem!