Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen

“and if the world breaks down, I’ll be around.”
Rod McKuen, Listen to the Warm

Anything straight from the heart should include the beautiful poetry of Rod McKuen.  This was the first book of poetry that I ever read from cover-to-cover.  It was in 1968 and I was a brokenhearted 18 year old.  Reading this book was like a strong salve applied to an open wound.  McKuen always exposed his open wounds and I’m sure he used his writings to heal them.




The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

The story of Gwen and Laurence Hooper, both British-born, living on a tea plantation in Ceylon in the early 1900’s. Gwen’s story is about love, past and present. Her new life in Ceylon presents an ex-wife, ex-girlfriend and a sister-in law’s oppressing love for her brother. (and that’s only the beginning!) There is also a baby story but I won’t tell about it. I think that the reader must experience this part on their own.
I savor authors and their books that provide rich characters and supply an enveloping setting that takes the reader to a different place, time and culture. This book did all of the above! I loved the plot, intrigue and characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a multi-cultural, historical fiction story guaranteed to hold your interest and to give you hours of reading pleasure.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley.

This review was posted on Goodreads on April 14, 2016.