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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
The Words Between Us, by C.J. Blaise, is a book of memorable sayings that illustrate the joys and sorrows of love, as well as the gifts of life we take for granted. Each saying is a reminder to all lovers, whether they be old, young, or somewhere in between. The sayings detail the stories behind them, the words interwoven by nostalgia, sometimes remorse. Other sayings are filled with hope and encouragement, oftentimes piecing together the stories that make life worth living. Blaise crafts a collection of words that read like poetry, but also caress the experiences that make us human, like a long forgotten ballad whispered in the dark of the night.
What I enjoyed most about the collection was how powerfully and emotionally it came across. It shows you the harsh realities of life, all the while reminding you to never let go of the people you care about. I loved the philosophies presented in the book. Oftentimes, there was a bittersweet tone laced in each of the sayings, from giving everything you had to fight for the one you love, only to end up saying goodbye, to trying to get over someone, to even the simple expression of friendship. I did enjoy the collection. Blaise takes philosophy and life and beautifully merges them into an almost magical work of art. From encouragement to sadness, Blaise does a wonderful job of weaving together these sayings. As such, I would recommend it to poetry fans of all ages.