Songs of Heartstrings: A Book Review


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Songs of Heartstrings by fellow blogger Miriam Hurdle is a collection of poems and short stories about nature, relationships, cancer treatment, parenthood and everything that tugs on her heartstrings. Throughout there is reflection and a sense of someone who has a deep faith which has helped her through the trials of life. Particularly moving was a short piece of prose about her cancer treatment.  The book is illustrated with the author’s lovely photographs and art works and these add an extra dimension, nicely complementing the accompanying piece.

The book is divided into themes: Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, Songs of Parenthood, Songs of reflection, Songs of Challenge and ending with Songs of Inspiration. Each section begins with a quote followed by Miriam’s work. It is predominantly a work of poetry with some prose short stories included. Miriam demonstrated her skill with poetry showcasing numerous different poetic styles such as Villanelle, Shakespearean style sonnet, acrostic and pantoum.

This work is one not to be read quickly but savoured slowly. I have to admit that I am not a reader of poetry and for me being a visual person I found the formatting of some of the poems distracting, creating a disconnect between the words and what I saw on the page. Apart from the formatting (which was only in some poems) this is a heartfelt glimpse into Miriam’s inner being.

Would I recommend this book: yes I would, particularly if poetry is a genre that you enjoy reading or you enjoy reading what pulls at someone’s heartstrings.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Songs of Heartstrings: A Book Review

  1. Thank you so much, Irene. I appreciate your reading of my poetry book even though, as you said you’re not a reader of poetry. I thank you for the kind words and and recommendation. ❤ ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on The Showers of Blessings and commented:
    I want to thank Irene Waters for her review of my book. Please head over to read this post and all of her memoir and other wonderful posts.

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  3. Sounds like a lovely, inspiring book.


  4. Charli Mills says:

    NIce book review, Irene. Miriam’s new book is on my TBR list.

    Liked by 1 person

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