Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Tours "Currently Scheduling"

     You may have noticed that I know organize book tours or, then again maybe not, in which case I would like to inform you that I know arrange book tours! I am currently featuring the blog tours that I'm scheduling at the top of my sidebar, and I am also going to be writing posts about when I am scheduling a new book tour to let you know, so that anyone who's interested can participate :)

     That being said, I have two blog tours which are coming up fairly soon, one at the end of September and one at the beginning of October, both of which I need blog tour hosts for. I'm including all of the info about those two tours below. If you're interested shoot me an email with your blog url and what day/ tour you would like to host, my email address is:

Once Upon a Remembrance Blog Tour October 1 - October 12

 Dates Available:

Monday October 1
Tuesday October 9
Thursday October 11

Once Upon a Remembrance: Book 1 Women of Strength time travel trilogy: Photographer Isabeau Remington travels to 1894 Virgina and falls in love with a man she must ultimately leave behind when she returns to her own time...but things are not always as they seem.

Modern day photographer Isabeau is pulled from the present time and thrust back into the year 1894 in Virginia. She must help save Hawk Morgan, a man threatened by a killer, a man endangered by his own erased memories. Hawk must survive in 1894 so his present day ancestor Pierce Morgan, will be alive in Isabeau's future.

Isabeau begins to fall in love with Hawk Morgan but with both their future's uncertain and a killer on the loose, neither one of them may have a tomorrow to look forward to.

Island of Tory Blog Tour September 24 - October 1

Dates Available:

Fully Booked

Arella Cline, a sixteen year old teen from Wexford Pennsylvania, finds her life turned upside down when her family summer vacation begins with a tragic car accident which kills both of her parents. Going to live with her Great-aunt Fi, Arella tries to start a new life on a tiny island off the western coast of Ireland. Everything about Tory Island, however, is objectionable to her–the gray and wet weather, the stringent academy she is forced to attend, as well as the island’s lack of modern day amenities. The only thing Arella likes about Tory is Declan McQuilan, a handsome, dark-haired boy who attempts to show her the island’s hidden charms....

To read more about Island of Tory or check out my personal review click here

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Deconstructing Infatuation Review

Rating: 3/5
Title: Deconstructing Infatuation
Author: Merce Cardus
Page Count (ebook): 74

Official Description

Deconstructing INFATUATIONSometimes, whether you're single or with a significant one,
somebody appears in your life unexpectedly.
We feel the need to know who this person is,
the need to know exactly who this person is.

A story may offer different interpretations, even with several irreconcilable and contradictory meanings. As in Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta's story in Dante's Divine Comedy, this story is not about unfaithfulness either. This story is about infatuation: what burns inside of oneself when we let ourselves fall madly for someone.

My Thoughts

    The way in which Merce Cardus approached infatuation and its role in relationships was uniquely interesting. Each chapter deals with a different aspect of infatuation and its effect on the infatuated person. I would have appreciated far more description of the characters, I believe that deeper development of the characters would have certainly made the main character's emotions more understandable and easier to grasp. One thing which confused me deeply was the sudden change in perspectives. The entire novel is written in third person and then suddenly in the last the chapter the main character begins speaking from first person. I understand that this was used to enhance the reader's understanding of what had taken place in the story but it personally threw me off. Overall, I think that this story offers a unique look at infatuation and is certainly worth a read.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dragon Dreams ~ Review

Rating: 4.5/5

Title: Dragon Dreams

Author:Dusty Lynn Holloway

Page Count (ebook): 229


Official Description

In my shadow you sleep, hungry for my soul.
In my heart you live, nurtured and at peace.
In my life you belong, always.
The red dawn of war clashes with the tide. Black descends. Shadows come alive.
I call to you. I see you across the field of battle, calling to me. So many stand between us.
I turn away to the tide; the tide sweeps forward, surging, billowing, covering.
I raise my hand and stare at the sky above. Silence descends. A hush. Tears fall down. Liquid, they fall down my face, down my grimy cheeks, onto my bloodstained clothes.
I raise my other hand. A burst of time shoots forward, galloping like my heart as I wait for the final blow . . . but it never comes. I’ve frozen the moment in time as the blade meant for my heart pierces his. The sobs choke my chest as I stare at the metal, gleaming red like the rising sun, sticking from his chest. His eyes are frozen as well, locked onto mine.
They look unsurprised.
I sink down to my knees; tears fall harder. I hear your voice. A shout, a scream of pain and anger and despair and fear from across the field.
I don’t turn. I look straight ahead to the eyes that are locked onto mine as I bring both of my hands down in a gesture as sharp as the blade. Light explodes outward from me, shooting across the battlefield, consuming everything.
I fall. He falls too.
His eyes speak the things he cannot say. They close after a minute, but mine stay open.
You reach me then. Everyone else is flattened, reeling on the blood-soaked earth, but you reach me. You turn me face up. You gather me in your arms. You weep, but my eyes are dry now. My eyes are dry.
“It will be alright,” I whisper to you. “It will be alright.”


My Thoughts

         It's been a while since I've read a fantasy novel that centered around dragons, humans and elves. And let me tell you, this was most certainly worth the wait! Dragon Dreams is simply enchanting, I mean the work alone that went into creating such a marvelous kingdom is astounding. The novel flows effortlessly through the different realms of the kingdom and leaves you wanting more the moment you set the book down. I found myself eagerly wondering what was going to happen next every time I walked away from Dragon Dreams. This book is perfect if you are looking to escape into an entirely different world.

     This story is told from the perspectives of Auri and Nachal, two separate beings who are indefinitley intertwined through the name-sake of the book 'Dragon Dreams'. I have to pause a moment to highlight 'Dragon Dreams' in the sense they are used in the book, not in the sense of the title. I'm pausing to highlight these, because in my opinion it is worth taking the time to read this book, just to experience a  'Dragon Dream'. When Holloway starts in on a 'Dragon Dream', its as if the rest of the outside world fades away; you and the book are the only things left.

     On a more technical note I have to commend Holloway on the fact that there were no typos in this book. I'm always so pleased when I read a self-published book with no typos that I can't not mention the phenom of it. Also, can I just say that the cover of this book is awesome! So, what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy yourself!


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Monday, August 20, 2012

What do you look for in a review?


        Todat I'm participating in a blog hop organized by Reading Romances. The question the bloggers participating in this blog hop were asked was:

What do you look for in a review?

      As a blogger who reviews quite a few books a month I think this is a very poignant question. When I write a review for this blog, or read a review form on eof the many book blogs I follow I think the key feature is honesty. I never ever write a dishonest review or accept money to post a good review, not only is this bad taste in my opinion but it ruins your reputation as a book blogger. Who wants to read a book review that's biased, because money was offered as an incentive?! You read a review to find out what other people thought of the book and if you should buy it, and when someone writes a dishonest review for money you'll never really know if the book was actually good or not.

      In addition to honesty, I want to know why the reviewer thought what they did and inturn I try to explain my ratings in my own reviews. Now, this does not mean I look for the exact sentence Why I rated this book..... if everyone wrote that, I think book blogs would be extremely boring. However, I think its important to mention the reasoning behind a rating, for example, was it a low rating because of typos? you didn't like the genre? the writing style wasn't your personal favourite? When an explanation is provided in a review it gives the review a level of credibility because their thoughts are supported with some sort of evidence.


     So now I'm asking you; what do you look for in a review?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Heart Without Words Review

Rating: 4/5

Title: A Heart Without Words

Author: David F. McDonald

Page Count (ebook): 48

Page Count (print): 96

Official Amazon Description

This is the first of two books which deal with the one thing the Military can’t train, THE HEART, and the emotions a Soldier may encounter.This poetry deals with the emotions Soldiers and their loved ones must deal with in a myriad of situations.

This poetry is much softer in nature to my previous work and is, I hope, easier on the reader for that.

My Thoughts

      I have to say this is definitley one of the better collections of poetry I have read. First of all, at 96 pages in print it is a good length for a collection of poetry. Though it may seem insignificant, the page count in poetry collections is very important, if there are too few poems then the reader never truly discovers the author's writing style and if there are too many poems the reader can get bored. Trust me, I've read published poetry collections 6 pages in length, hardly a sufficient length for a poetry collection. So what I'm saying here is right from the start A Heart Without Words was on top of its game.

      Despite the occasional typo, which didn't bother me but may bother some readers, the poetry within the pages of this book is very good. I found it a very unique read as many of the poems were written in the form of dialogue, something that I haven't seen very often in poetry. The verse itself is mainly written in terms of rhyme, there was very little free verse included in this collection. The majority of the poems seemed to focus upon the various ways soldiers die and their thoughts during death. These morbid poems were if profoundly sad, beautifully written. I would recommend this collection of poetry to all those who are prepared to contemplate the final thoughts of dieing men and women.

   If you are interested in reading a sample of the poetry included in this book, I featured one of McDonald's poems titled A Soul during my Highlight Poetry segment, you can check that out here.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Island of Tory Review

Rating: 5/5

Title: Island of Tory

Author: Regina M. Geither

Page Count (ebook): 192

Official Description

Arella Cline, a sixteen year old teen from Wexford Pennsylvania, finds her life turned upside down when her family summer vacation begins with a tragic car accident which kills both of her parents. Going to live with her Great-aunt Fi, Arella tries to start a new life on a tiny island off the western coast of Ireland. Everything about Tory Island, however, is objectionable to her–the gray and wet weather, the stringent academy she is forced to attend, as well as the island’s lack of modern day amenities. The only thing Arella likes about Tory is Declan McQuilan, a handsome, dark-haired boy who attempts to show her the island’s hidden charms.

But there are too many strange things happening on Tory to make Arella feel that she could call the island home. She keeps seeing shadow figures and strange auras and hearing her parents’ voices. The people on the island are very secretive. And when Arella tries to leave on a ferryboat, she blacks out only to find herself back at her aunt’s cottage as predicted by Cannon Fidelous, another teen stranded on the mysterious island.

When Arella quits The Academy of St. Colm Cille, Father Cillian, a kindly old priest, offers to tutor her using an ancient book of prophecies which is now considered the history of Tory. What he teaches her will lead to a journey into ancient magic and Tory’s cursed past. Arella is forced to face her fears and newly discovered powers to turn back the pages of history in order for her to return to the present.

My Thoughts

       Island of Tory completely enchanted me, it has been quite a while since I've read a Young Adult book this good! Everything about this book was spot on. The language was beautifully descriptive without being overbearing, which made the setting so vivid I felt as if I walked into the damp mist of the British Isles myself. The character development was exquisite, every detail about the characters was revealed at just the right moment, making them entirely believable. The story itself was also extremely fluid flowing purposefully through the celtic tides of the tale. I became so enthralled that I finished this story in one day, I simply could not leave the book for a single moment!

      I urge to read this immediatley, the suspense will leave you itching for more as its dark romance and irish lore sucks you deep into this celtic enchantment.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012


Hi everyone!

Just to let you know, I will be going on vacation for the next two weeks. I have
pre-scheduled a few posts that will appear while I'm away, but if I don't reply to my comments or your emails right away that's why.


(a.k.a. the blogger for Lace and Lavender Hints)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Train Station Bride Interview with Holly Bush


         Today, I have the pleasure of hosting another stop in the Train Station Bride Blog Tour. For today's stop, I will be interviewing Holly Bush, the author of Train Station Bride. So what are you waiting for read on!

 If you want to see yesterday's stop, when I reviewed Train Station Bride click here.

Author Bio

        I grew up in a home where I was surrounded by books. There was not a room that did not hold a bookcase, stack or shelves of books. My father didn't care what we read, although he did, as long as we read something, even a comic book. His stack of books beside his reading chair that sat next to a sunny window was a strange mix of westerns, political intrigue, current affairs, science fiction and the odd biography. Books made me curious, comforted me, excited me, scared me and gave me glimpses into lives and worlds beyond my reach. What a gift - the written word - what a gift!

The Interview

LL: Lace and Lavender Hints (Me)
HB: Holly Bush (author of Train Station Bride)

LL: Tell us a bit about yourself.
HB: Hello! First I’m very glad to be talking to you and your followers. I’m married with two daughters and live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I work full-time in the Quality Department for a large farming company.
LL: Why did you decide to become a writer?   

HB: I’m not sure I decided to become a writer. I think the writing found me. I see characters doing things or going somewhere and that is often the basis for my books.
LL: What was your main inspiration to write Train Station Bride?

HB: I had a vision in my head of a young woman, formally dressed for the late 1800’s, stepping off of a train onto a busy platform in a mid-western town. She was Julia. I began writing when I figured out why she was getting off of the train at that stop.
LL: Why did you decide to write a romance novel?

HB: I’m a big fan of Happily Ever Afters. News, politics, work and even family is sometimes stressful and when I relax, I want to think of something that is hopeful and happy.

LL: If you could sum Jake into five words, what would they be?

HB: Stubborn, loving, smart, loyal and handsome!
LL: What is your all-time favorite book and why?

HB: That’s a tough question. To Kill a Mockingbird is probably number one for me. The story and the characters felt real when I read it for the first time years ago and have stuck with me. A close second is Mary Balogh’s Slightly Married and John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany.
LL: What was your biggest challenge when writing Train Station Bride?

HB: Time is always a challenge for me. I write on the weekends and work like a nut all week in the evenings to do my marketing, clean the house and keep some clean undies in the drawers. We’re empty nesters and thank goodness my hubby does the cooking!
LL: Do you have any advice for new authors and aspiring writers?

HB: Join a writing group. I think my writing made great strides by listening to others read their works and hearing the group make comments. Just be careful to get in a ‘positive’ group. There’s nothing worse than being with a bunch of negative nellies!

LL: Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans and readers? 
HB: I can’t thank folks enough for taking a chance on a new writer. I’ve been very fortunate to receive great reviews and have had good sales so far. All the people that take the time to post a review on Amazon or B & N or GoodReads or just tell a friend about my books have a huge impact on my ability to reach new readers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Where to find Holly

 Website | Blog | Twitter

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Train Station Bride Review

Rating: 4/5

Title: Train Station Bride

Author: Holly Bush

Page Count (ebook): 147

Official Description

Train Station Bride      1887 Debutante, Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Bostonfamily. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to theMidwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds hernew home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia’s one chance at love.

    Jake Shelling was sixteen and grew up quick when his parents died from influenza on the North Dakota prairie. Left with a half-cleared farm and two young sisters, he spent little time on his own needs... till now. At thirty-five, he figured it was high time to have some sons and a mail order bride would suit him just fine. Noexpectations of love, just a helpmate from sturdy stock, ready for farmlife.Will fate and chance play a trick on Julia and Jake?

My Thoughts

     From the girlish Julia Crawford, unconfident and unsure of herself to the handsome and obstinate Jake Shelling, Train Station Bride is in every sense, a romance novel. The plot is split between the perspectives of Julia and Jake as they both embark on a journey to meet their 'mail-order' spouses and is filled with the playfulness of true love mixed with the sharper truths of being female in a strict society. Unlike some straight forward romances, Train Station Bride is filled with a slew of twists which I whole heartedly commend; I just love an unpredictable story! The artful way Bush wove the twists into the novel, added dimension to both the romance and the subplots within the book, creating wonderfully suspenseful scenes. Aside from the fact that I thought some of the love scenes could have been a bit more...steamy and polished, the romance between Julia and Jake was nevertheless well written and 100% believable.

I'm interviewing Holly Bush tomorrow so be sure to check back then!



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Saturday, August 11, 2012

City of Fallen Angels Review

Rating: 4/5

Title: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Page Count (hardcover): 424

Inside the Cover

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Thoughts

     I'll admit it I had doubts, a lot of doubts. I absolutely adored the first three books in The Mortal Instruments Series immensly and for some reason after finishing the third, I came to the conclusion that it was a trilogy. With that in mind, I was contented with the ending so, when I heard there was a fourth book I was more than a little uncertain about it. Hadn't Clare already wrapped everything up? What story could there be left to tell?

    Let me tell you, I was wrong. I don't know how she did it, how she managed to create another masterpiece of Young Adult literature but she did and it was magnificent. City of Fallen Angels is absolutely riveting, I couldn't tear myself away from turning page, after page, after page. The descriptive language Clare uses to write drew me into the story and though I read the third book over two years ago, like a good friend, once I dug into City of Fallen Angels, it felt as if no time had passed.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Sound and The Echoes Review

Rating: 3/5

Title: The Sound & The Echoes

Author: Dew Pellucid

Page Count (ebook): 279

Official Amazon Description

The Sound and the Echoes, YA novel
The Sound and the Echoes is a high-concept, fantasy adventure for young adults, with 27 magical illustrations.

Imagine that everyone around you has a mirror image living somewhere else. Your world is like a sound, which produced that other world of echoes. And in this land men are governed by a terrible law—no Echo is allowed to live after his Sound dies.

One Sound especially must die. The Prince’s Sound. The Fate Sealers and Fortune Tellers will make sure of that! Because after this Sound dies, the Echo Prince will have to die too.

Now, twelve-year-old Will Cleary is about to discover that he is the Sound the Echoes are hunting. And so begins his perilous adventure into a see-through, sparkling world, filled with spying crystal balls, an eerie fortress of castaway children, a hunt for clues in an ancient book of riddles, and a last-chance escape through a frozen gem-studded lake into a secret land that holds the key to placing the Prince on the throne and returning freedom to the Echoes.

My Thoughts

      Though the description of The Sound & The Echoes states that this is a Young Adult novel, at several points in the book I found myself wondering exactly how it could be defined as belonging to the YA genre. Most of the YA novels I have read feature characters between the ages of 15-19 who are teenagers in every sense of the word. However, The Sound & The Echoes' main character was twelve years old for the majority of the book and it seemed to be written for an audience of the same age, which left me feeling more than a bit confused as to how this could be classified as a YA book.

        I did enjoy the story, it was extremely creative and unique, something I appreciate in a literary world where there are far too many cookie cutter books around. And at points, I even felt like I was reading some alterior version of the Harry Potter series, with the main character being a male twelve years in age who arrives at an orphanage of sorts with a Dumbledore-esque headmaster and proceeds to become aquaintances with an equally outcast boy and girl.

    I think this is an excellent book for a younger age range, simply because it seems to revolve around the sort of interests a younger audience would appreciate; I believe my twelve year old self would have loved this book. Overall, I found that The Sound & The Echoes was a good read, with an excellent plot line, though I would say it belongs more to an age range of 9-13 than the typical YA genre.

     In your opinion what makes a novel, a YA book?

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Interview with Kea Noli Author of Pearl Lover

      Today I am fortunate to be able to welcome Kea Noli, the author of Pearl Lover to my blog for an interview.

LL: Me (Lace & Lavender)

Kea: Kea Noli (Author of Pearl Lover)

Kea Noli

The Interview

LL: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Kea: Sarah, I am Australian by birth but American by choice.  Pearl Lover reveals a lot about me.

LL:Why did you decide to become a writer?

Kea: When I was a designer in the building industry, I was frustrated because of the bureaucracy, permits, licenses, and inspections. I quit my job, and said: “to hell with all that” and I started writing.

LL:How long did it take you to write Pearl Lover?
Kea: Seven months, after about 4 years of shredding manuscripts.

LL:What was your main inspiration to write Pearl Lover?
Kea: To challenge the status quo on the traditional ideas of jealousy.

I’d had enough of romances with hysterical females venting negative emotions. 

Another inspiration—the famous Rudolph Nureyev and the Ballets Russes inspired me.  Kolya Kosov is modeled after Nureyev.  The Ballets Russes (Ballets Russia) was a 20th Century Company.  Most of the ballets produced in the west can be traced back to the Company’s influence.  Pearl Lover is a contemporary story with the rebirth of Ballets Russes (images of some dancers on the wall behind me).

LL:If you could sum Nixie Veidt into one word, what would it be?  

Kea: Imp

LL:What is your all-time favourite book and why?

Kea: Atlas Shrugged.  Because after I discovered it, I ran away from home.

LL:What were your main challenges when writing Pearl Lover?

Kea: To be dramatic in all scenes. 

LL:What is your advice to new authors and aspiring writers?

Kea: If you do not know the answer to a problem, look beyond yourself.  Do not think that there is something wrong with you, just because you cannot work it out.  Find the answer.  I found that comment in Fiction Writing by Ayn Rand. 

LL:What do you do in your spare-time when you’re not writing?

Kea:  Seriously, I have been writing for about 5 years, living frugally, on breadcrumbs, so to speak, but I have one purpose—to succeed as a writer—that means to write

LL:Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans and readers?
Kea:I enjoy emails from my readers.   

Read Kea Noli's Pearl Lover for yourself:

Pearl Lover (Amazon Kindle)

To read my review of Pearl Lover Click Here

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

        This week I have decided to participate in Breaking the Spine's weekly meme, Waiting on Wednesday. I am a huge fan of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush Saga, I mean honestly who isn't in love with Patch?! The final book in the series aptly named Finale is coming out this fall and I cannot wait!!! The synopsis isn't up yet but if you want to check out the author's page click here. 

Don't you just love that cover!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Highlight Poetry #4

highlight poetry

A Soul

By: David Mc Donald

A soul awaits a journey to be made, unaware of why or where it goes
Confused alone and even frightened, the soul forgotten all it knows
As if reborn from something old, the fruits of some great unknown feat
A spirit which hovers unaware of its place, oblivious to who it will meet

An invisible entity of a person’s life, all that went before they grew
Then when still on unfounded feet, a sense of movement where it flew
The feeling of accompaniment, someone is now by their side
A being who allows peace and love, one who shows them their own pride

Not flight but a soft elevation, climbing effortlessly to where they go
Beside the spirit climbs with freedom, a dawning as they come to know
The existence just departed behind, feelings of regret and pain and desire
All that made a man has gone, now a feeling a sense a being on fire

There awaits a new existence, visible tangible and real laid out ahead
The home of superior being born, your God you know has made your bed
The rush of love and affection from around, a feeling of where you belong
Within a beautiful resonance vibrates, your being has burst forth with song

A Brief Commentary

       Today's poem for Highlight Poetry was submitted to me by David Mc Donald. The first time I read this poem I was immediatley drawn to it and lost myself in the journey the soul was making. In my first reading of this poem, I percieved that the poem was on a carefree sort of journey as it departed the misery behind it. Upon reading the poem a second time however, I realized that there was indeed a deeper and more sombre tone to the poem as the soul overcame the pain of death and the regrets of life to travel ever skyward to heaven. I also noticed upon re-reading the poem the progression of the soul as a being. Where as in the beginning the soul was an "invisible entity" and referred to as something separate than its human shell (due to its journey from the body at death) by the end of the poem, the soul is referred to as the most spiritual (not necessarily in the religious sense) of "you". I think that perhaps this progression from the soul being a separate entity identified seperatley from the deceased person to it actually becoming "you" was the most poignant part of the poem, as it discovered itself.

What struck you about this poem? Were you more struck by the soul's 'physical' journey out of death or it journey of self-awareness?