Lean Against This Late Hour by Garous Abdolmalekian is divine. I am literally trying to come up with a word that might precisely explain the way I’m feeling right now, after reading this book. I’ve read thousands of books but this one is out of this world. Each and every poem is a master piece. If the poems are so beautiful after being translated to English, I can only imagine how wonderful they would be like in the originally written Persian language. Idra Novey and Ahmad Nadalizadeh did a great job with the translation. I completed reading this book in just an hour and I re-read immediately. I cried after I finished reading the poems.
The author has described the current world where we are residing in an excellent way. Anyone who reads these poems will be a transformed person. I feel like I was reborn after reading them. I really am not allowed to say more but my heart is so full right now. I am in love with the poet.
I feel honored to be able to read this book. Thank you so much Penguin Random House Publications for sharing the Advance Reviewers Copy with me. The book is going to be published in April, 2020. I suggest every single human being to read this book without any age limit.
The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey is a romantic fiction. Finn Walker a special agent with the Coastal Guard Investigative Services who is investigating the death of a Coastal Guard officer. Investigative reporter Gabby is hiding from a mafia leader whom she put behind the bars. Finn and Gabby who are stuck together investigate the serial deaths of the coastal guards.
Finn and Gabby love each other but remain calm in the fear of losing each other. Finn tries his best to keep Gabby safe while Gabby is a strong and brave journalist who won’t give up a story for any reason.
During the investigation, Finn and Gabby fall in danger’s way many times but their determination finally helps them unravel the suspense and the killer and also catch a big smuggling racket.
A sweet story of love, family, suspense and second chance. I loved it.
Letters to a Stranger by Mercedes Pinto Maldonado is a fiction where the protagonist Berta has to come back to Spain from London to settle the financials and properties after her mother’s death. Berta has a troubled childhood from which she runs away at the age of nineteen and builds a life of her own in London.
Berta has to face her childhood demons while she stays at the house where she grew up. When she tried to find answers from her past with the help of a private detective, she finds herself in trouble. Her nanny Teresa, pet cat Aris and her doll Neca are her only companions. She finds a bunch of letters in the attic and starts reading them. Berta falls in love with the writer of the letters who happens to be living far away in USA trying very hard to get back in touch with his love Yolanda.
The story’s plotline is a little flat but readable. I really wish Berta finally settled with Saul.
The Only Worlds We Know by Michael Lee is a small book of poems. The poems talk about pain, loss, grief, addiction and people we love. I felt that the poems are very intense. There were a little loud and on the darker side but certain lines in the poems make you pause and re-read to understand the depth. There is a honesty in thee author’s words that exume an out of the world philosophy.
The pain in the poems hits the reader hard. It’s short but very strong. This book took me by surprise. Definitely a remarkable debut by the author Michael Lee!