BOOK REVIEW: SHADOW FLICKER BY MELISSA A. VOLKER

Kate is determined to put her past behind her when she starts a renewable energy assignment in an Eastern Cape surfing village, St Francis Bay. Here Kate is faced with fears from her past, and locals protesting her project.

Between trying to prove that she was the right choice for the assignment and her panic attacks from her traumatised past; Kate meets Matthew, a handsome vet and surfer who is still grieving the death of his wife.

Shadow Flicker is a beautiful love story – one so well written that I didn’t want the book to end. Where I usually can’t wait to find out what will happen next, with this book, I paced myself because I wasn’t ready to let go of the characters. I don’t want to give anything away, trust me and read it.

All the characters in this book are well written and feel like people you know. You get lost between the characters and forget that you aren’t really in St Francis bay – living among the lives of these characters.

What I love most about Melissa’s writing, and it was the same in A Fractured land, her ability to describe the environment. She transports you to where she wants you to be. You can feel the sea breeze – smell the old farmhouse.

I loved Melissa’s writing when I read A Fractured land – but now I honestly think I am her biggest fan!

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Maybe if

Maybe if I wore less makeup

Maybe if I wasn’t walking by myself

Maybe if I dressed a little more conservative

Maybe if I was more confident

Maybe if I shouted instead of cried

Maybe if I ran

Maybe if I stayed home

Maybe

Maybe

NO!!!!!

Maybe there should be no maybe.

 

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From beyond

I dream that we walk hand in hand
We talk
Connect
I feel loved
Safe
I wonder if this is your way of telling me,
You yearned for that too.

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Breathe

When no one was watching, and everyone thought she was doing just fine.
He was the one who unclenched her fist, placing her hand in his and whispered…Breathe.

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A Knight’s Tale

You tried to offer me a petal
While he was planting me a rose garden
You gave me what was left
While he gave me his life
You used me for your needs
While he was building me castles
You played on my insecurities to gain control
While he waited with arms wide open
You made me believe I was nothing more than ordinary
While he looked at me like I was nothing less than extraordinary
Why did it take a villain for me to realise I always had a Hero by my side?

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Circle of life

Just as no one can prepare you for the love you will feel holding your child for the first time.

It’s the same with death, no one can prepare you for the emptiness it leaves, the devastation it creates.

It’s the circle of life; nothing prepares you for the beginning or end.

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I never knew

I didn’t know I would miss you this much
I never expected the regret.
I assumed we had nothing left to say
but in truth, we never even started.

I was so busy dealing with your rejection,
I never understood the way you loved
Now all the answers surface…now when it’s too late.

I wish I knew,
while you were still here for me to say I love you too.
I wish I realised how much you cared,
while you were still here for me to show you that I cared for you too.

Now the misunderstandings seem so trivial.
Because no matter what we had,
it was still better than not having you at all.

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