Secrets of My Heart

Poetry - Love/Romance
188 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2018
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Author Biography

Imania Margria was born September 29,1991 in Livingston, New Jersey. Her love of writing spawned from her love of reading and encouragement by her maternal grandmother.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Secrets of My Heart is a beautiful collection of poetry and short stories by Imania Margria. The poems cover all aspects of love between lovers, friends or family. Her writing is heartwarming, inspiring and sensitive. Every perfectly written verse evokes different emotions -
sadness, joy, regret - but the main message is one of hope for the future. We are reminded of the strength of human nature in the face of adversity, and to cherish every moment. Love is felt by everyone in their lifetime and Margria covers them all perfectly and sensitively. The powerful feelings of love and loss have been clearly researched by Margria. This is a really heart-tugging selection of joy, regret, sadness and passion. The perfect love reference book for when your own words cannot be expressed.

Secrets of My Heart is the perfect title for this book. Imania Margria has a unique talent for expressing emotions through words. Each poem evoked different emotions in me and I could relate to most of them. The pain of love ending was captured perfectly in Curse – ‘I wish you fear. Fear to love and be loved. Fear to be happy, Fear of abandonment.’ The tragedy of Forbidden Love - ‘In another time and place, We dance together forever in sweet harmony.’ Reading through the verses took me down Memory Lane and all the times I felt love, when it was reciprocated and when it was not. I am definitely going to buy her novel ‘Eyes.’ I loved the sneak preview. I am a big fan now and will be reading this again tonight.

Grant Leishman

Secrets of My Heart by Imania Margria is a collection of poems and short prose that deals with the innermost thoughts and feelings of our hearts. As such, it is a deeply personal and insightful view into the heart of the author. The prose and poems that make up this book are short and sharp, but all of it is extremely heartfelt and touching. As well as the works in English, there are also a significant number of works in other languages, including Italian and Spanish. The author has thoughtfully given the reader the full translation of the work following the non-English version. As the title suggests, the works focus on secrets that we keep deep inside ourselves and rarely, if ever, let anyone see. The author’s premise is to inspire others to share the secrets of their own hearts.

I think, as we progress as readers, we tend to focus almost exclusively on long prose and novels, perhaps feeling there is more meat in those longer works. What Secrets of My Heart reminds me is that it does us no harm to revisit the short, sharp poems and prose that was often where we, as writers especially, began. Poets in general have suffered over the years from the perception that their work was not fulfilling for readers. I think Imania Margria, for me, refutes that belief. The words here are so powerful and the emotions so compelling that it is hard not to get caught up in the pain and angst the author clearly had suffered and was expressing – her deepest held desires and fears are boldly displayed for the reader to feel also.

I expect this book was quite cathartic for the author and that is why she is challenging all of us to consider exploring and expressing our own deepest desires, fears and secrets of our heart. A bonus in this work was a significant glimpse of part of Margria's upcoming romance novel, Eyes, which looks appealing. This work is not pretentious in any way, just raw, untamed emotion on paper. Well worth a break from long novels to read and savour.

Gisela Dixon

Secrets of My Heart by Imania Margria is a collection of poems and prose. Secrets of My Heart is written primarily in English while some poems are in Spanish and Italian. The book mainly consists of poetry on the theme of opening up one’s heart and sharing the secrets, even if they leave you vulnerable, because that is the only way to fully live without the fear of judgement holding you back. As a result, the content of most of the poems explores emotions and topics such as love, heartbreak, passion, tears, dreams, wishes, spoken and unspoken desires, hidden or forbidden love, and such. At the end of the book, there is also an excerpt from a romance novel by Imania in the works that provides a glimpse into that story.

I found Secrets of My Heart to be an interesting read. Although there are plenty of poems in this book, there weren’t many that truly resonated with me or touched the heart, so to speak. I found that the structure and composition of the poetry itself did not display any impressive technical craft or style. Indeed, I felt I was reading prose instead of poetry in a lot of the poems. That being said, the theme of the book itself on the subject of deepest desires, loves, and dreams makes this an interesting subject matter and topic. And some of the poems in this category, such as “Wrong,” capture the emotion of the moment well. All in all, this may be an interesting read for fans of poetry, particularly those interested in themes of romance, love, and heartbreak.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

We all have secret desires, wants and needs, but expressing them to others can be daunting, terrifying. In Secrets of My Heart by Imania Margria, there’s more to all of those needs and desires. Visions of loved ones are so clear that you can picture the longing, the desire and even more as they’re described. The loneliness and the love and devotion are just as clear, helping you to feel just as strongly, whether it’s a positive and blissful feeling or one of despair and loss. From one poem to the next, you feel as though you’re being pulled along, experiencing emotions at a rate that you can’t control and, yet, you can’t seem to stop reading. You just want to keep feeling and keep seeing everything that’s happening around you as something even more beautiful.

Looking into the heart and soul of someone else is most definitely peeling back the layers and discovering what it is that makes them tick. Even more than that, it’s learning that what makes them tick is most certainly what makes you tick as well. Imania Margria manages to capture what’s in her own mind and what she feels strongly, but in a way that most definitely makes you see what’s in your own mind. The poems in Secrets of My Heart are ones where you will want to sit back and think on each before moving on, because you'll be able to reminisce about your own life and about the times that you had it all, and lost it all.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Secrets of My Heart, by author and poet Imania Margria, is both a poetry book as well as part of a romance novel excerpt. The poems delve into the areas of love and heartbreak in a narration style that is straightforward and easy to grasp, and there is rhyme throughout. Her novel excerpt portion is vastly different, and centers around the youngest daughter of a family that is headed by a father who is in the mafia, and her goal is to become entrenched in that part of her family’s business.

I enjoyed Secrets of My Heart by Imania Margria; it was a book that I didn’t expect. The poems are very much like diary entries that invite you into the world view of the poet and author herself. Any sort of window like that into someone else’s life is always intriguing. The novel excerpt will definitely leave you wanting to read more of it. There are hints at relationships that do seem to be a bit too obvious, however, it's hard to tell whether those characters will end up with one another or not. I definitely feel that there are many people out there who would be very interested in reading this book. There are a lot of elements that I feel many younger and older readers will enjoy. However, I don't recommend this book for young readers, because there are some areas that are a bit too intimate in nature for those with youthful eyes. Everyone else can feel free to have at this book!