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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Seasons: Spring and Summer by Cheryl E. Rodriguez is a beautifully constructed selection of short stories on how to appreciate the smallest things in life and to enjoy the simple aspects of life such as nature and family. Throughout the book, you are taken on a journey of self discovery, and the importance of relaxation and meditation. ‘Genuine people cannot be controlled through self-will or emotion’ is a revelation and a very thought-provoking statement. The book challenges our self-defeating beliefs and gives us valuable tools to live a peaceful and authentic life. The clever use of metaphors appears throughout, whether it be the example of the butterfly breaking through their hard shell to fly free and spread their wings, or the realisation that we are living in the shadows of our own doubt and fears.
Seasons: Spring and Summer is a very unique and refreshing look at how modern life tethers people to materialism, then compares the alternative of freedom to embrace nature and self-discovery. You are challenged to evaluate your values and beliefs and reinvent your life to one of peace and happiness. Cheryl E. Rodriguez's writing and use of metaphor are exquisite and beautiful. ‘Storms – your goal is not to survive but to thrive in the aftermath.’ Followed by, ‘When it’s over, splash in the puddles.' The book is absolutely captivating, refreshing, and the ultimate handbook for self-awareness and happiness. I would highly recommend this to anyone who feels lost and overwhelmed or who needs to have a clear direction in life. I went straight out into the garden after reading this book and, for the first time, realised how beautiful nature is.