by Diamante Lavender ⎜Children’s Book
Published by Diamante Lavender, 2016 ⎜Reviewed by Sydney Campbell
4 out of 5 stars
I was pleasantly surprised by this collection. Everything seems to play a small part in the overall theme. The branch on each page can be seen as a symbol of healing, but can also be seen as a biblical reference to the various vine, branch, fruit, and tree metaphors used in both Old and New Testament. The poet walks us through their walk in Christianity, while sprinkling in darker subjects throughout the collection. While touching on some heavy subjects such as molestation, the poems were consistently uplifting and light, which points to the poet’s skill. I think anyone, whether a victim of abuse or a friend of a victim, can relate to these poems and be moved emotionally by the poet’s honesty and transparency.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres. Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark on the world, and to make it a better place for all. Writing is her way of leaving her mark—one story at a time. She began writing in college and has published poetry in anthologies over the years. Once her kids were grown, she wrote as a form of self-expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others. Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences, and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.