A Woman's Voice

Book Reviews ~ Growing Up and Liking It

Here is an author who cares passionately about people. Having offered her gentle advice for a happier self in her first book, I’m Not Perfect And It’s OK, Dolores Ayotte is back to share her inspiring bits of wisdom, this time in the sequel: Growing Up And Liking It.

As always, her advice is never overbearing, and she makes it especially palatable by mixing it in with quotes, and anecdotes and humor. Supported by a rich bibliography, her advice is more than palatable–it comes with the combined wisdom of many writers, philosophers and story tellers. And, it is personal–by which I mean, it comes from the heart, based on the trials and tribulations of a troubled past, when the dosage of anti-depressants prescribed to her was doubled by her doctor. “I got on my hands and knees and prayed like I had never prayed before in my whole life. I sought out the peace and comfort of a loving and forgiving God.”

I love her words, “Now that I have put this message into words, my healing circle is complete. I sincerely hope that you can learn from my experiences and find your healing circle too. I have discovered that what appears to be the end may really be a new beginning.”

Five stars.
by Uvi Poznansky


Book Reviews ~ Apart From Love

uvi Author Uvi Poznansky is an artist! There is no doubt about it. As I read “Apart from Love”, I was drawn into a masterfully created piece of artwork. This is no ordinary novel. It richly depicts the product of a dysfunctional family and how they are drawn together, yet so repulsed by each other.

There is a quality so deep and raw in “Apart from Love” that it’s almost impossible to put this book down. In my opinion, Uvi Poznansky writes like a painter. She starts with a clean canvas and dabs a little paint here and a little paint there as she develops her characters and creates her masterpiece. Her strokes then become broader, more passionate, more vivid and vibrant as she continues to let her characters’ stories unfold. She draws you in to a deeper level than you might actually want to go as she ignites the fire to your own love, passions, and fears.

Ben, the 27 year old son grudgingly returns home many years after the divorce of his parents, Lenny and Natasha. He finds that there is a mutual attraction between his father’s young wife Anita, and himself. Their stories, along with Lenny’s are related in a narrative as each person has the opportunity to share his side of the events that take place. “Apart from Love” reminds me of a movie I enjoyed many years ago…Cat on a Hot Tin Roof because it is a well-written drama that could take place on a stage similar to this movie. In “Apart from Love” Ben states…”In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive but so seldom do you give to others.” There is definitely a great need for forgiveness both on the giving end as well as the receiving end in this novel.

Similar to any other work of art, the artist leaves so much of themselves in their work. Author Uvi Poznansky has done just that! Kudos to her on a job well done!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte

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