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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Whispers of a Soul by Chantal Emmenis takes us on a poetic journey through young love, loss and heartbreak, questioning faith, and finally concluding with finding that sought after soul mate. I wanted to pick out a few of the poems that struck me very deeply. The first was “Angel.” We have all lost someone in our lives and a reminder that they are watching over us is very comforting. Many of the poems were about finding love and chance encounters with unexpected people. The poet focuses a great deal on the desire to search out that true love. Another poem that struck me was “Destined Souls.” The speaker bemoans the waiting and expresses their lamentation. I liked that the poet used Shakespearean language to convey this, almost making the poem sonnet-like. The final poem I found moving was “Torture.” The poet vividly expresses the emotions felt by someone who has experienced the loss of love, and felt the proverbial knife to the heart.
Although some of the poems are repetitious in their language, they each convey a different meaning. Miss Emmenis has striven to put into words the emotions of the heart and that is no easy task. While I felt that some of the poems were out of place, especially those about religion and family, I realized that they were slightly linked to the overall romantic theme because we often turn to our family and religion in times of personal crisis. Whispers of a Soul is a meaningful read that is beautifully laid out.