We each have a story and that story is written in chapters. Each chapter is grounded in history and hope for the future. Whether we consciously think about it or not; we all consist of a beginning, a middle, and an end; and in many ways the middle is only filler. When I read a story it is the ending I am looking forward to, it is the end that makes the whole story worthwhile.
Recently, I met a very talented author when we wrote a duet together. She has published 3 books and is working on publishing a 4th. I read all four over the last week and each one was chock full of stories told in the form of prose and poetry sweeping me from one ending to the next and I was grateful for each new beginning.
Laura A Lord is a prolific author with a talent to plant worlds inside your head leaving you to dwell on them for days.
Wake Up a Woman
There are so many things I loved about this book. “Turning Out The Light” and “Perfect Squares” were my favorites with both being strong stories about moving on. There was a lot shared by Laura in each story and every poem. In every book Laura A Lord has published the one thing that stands out to me is the way she organizes her work in a seamless flow. She lets poetry and prose dance fluidly from start to finish.
History of a Woman
Laura A Lord has a way with words that draws you into each story and before you know it you are soul deep inside words as if you are the character yourself. All the stories and poems were good but I really loved “Time For Church”. I love the stories that draw you in but give you no hint where you are being led until you are in the moment living the pain as if it happened to you. I highly recommend this book.
I loved this collection of short stories. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, and a professional who is far from perfect. Perfect may not exist but through all the broken moments that arise so does the beauty of being a woman. These short stories tell the stories of women in various moments in various situations. I found myself written in between the chapters, shoulder to shoulder, with imperfection… part of the beauty Laura A. Lord created with this book.
Be sure to check out her website here.