The Light The Dark & Embers Between by J.W. Nicklaus

A book that really makes you feel things directly from the heart….  ~  Sheilaembers

The Book Says:

This book is a collection of uplifting images that delve into the reflections of the human condition. These stories will cause you to think, laugh, and even cry at the beauty of emotional memories. You will smile at the thought of love lost and found again in “Paper Doll.” You will think about your life’s choices in “10:18.” You will cry tears of joy while reading about the hidden gift in “Winter Rose.” This is a must-have collection of thought-provoking reflections perfect for your bedside or the beach.

I say:  J. W. Nicklaus has taken 15 short stories and combined them in this read.  While the back cover says this is a perfect beach read, I for one find it more of a bedside or camp fire read.  To me, it is a book to read alone so you can really absorb the words and get the full meaning behind each story… and each story is chock full of meaning.

Each warm mist of breath hung in the air like temporary lace, for seconds – not moments – seconds.~ from Winter Rose page 163

I was planning to pick out one story that touched me more than the others but as I sat to write this review I found that many of the stories touched me in different ways, for different reasons.  Requiem for Linny was a bit close to home for me and I felt Bucks immense sorrow so much that I could feel myself sinking with him.  In Winter Rose I imagined the small child afraid during time of great war and it takes my breath away to think of what some people have seen and experienced in their lifetimes.

This book will go with me to our cabin this next weekend.  I am putting it in one of the guest rooms for friends to enjoy.  What a great conversation piece and every time I go in to dust or put clean sheets on the bed and my hands graze across this cover, I can smile and remember my first time through a book called The Light, The Dark, and Embers Between.

See my friend Melissa’s incredible review of this book here at Reminder list

J W Nicklaus’ Blog

See The Trailer Here

*I received this book as a ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Bostic Communications

I give this book a G rating

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on July 20, 2009, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. you make me want to pick it up 🙂

  2. I didn’t know it was a collection of short stories..hrm. I’m not much of a short story reader…don’t know why…although in college I loved them. Odd isn’t it?

  3. Hi Sheila! This sounds like a great book! I used to say I wasn’t much of a short story reader but I seemed to like every collection of stories of pick up. I enjoyed Amy Bloom’s collection, Jhumpa Lahiri’s, TC Boyle etc. so I stopped saying that! lol
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I admit I have been to yours before and I lurked and enjoyed it. If it’s okay I will be asking you various questions over time as I get settled here!

    Thank you!
    Amy

  4. Wow! Thank you very much, Sheila :^)

    Requiem was a challenge to write because it dealt with something we don’t like to confront–loss. I think it’s universally accepted that women grieve deeply and more openly than most men, so I was hoping to show that men are just as capable of that depth of grief. The fact that you felt it means I did something right ;^)

    It’s wonderful to see people have such positive responses to the stories.I’m so very glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Sheila- I couldn’t agree more. I was trying to figure out how to describe that it isn’t like any other short story collection (which, I am normally not a fan of.) because while the names of the characters and the setting changes, the story continues from one story to another.

    Here’s my review:
    http://reminderlist.blogspot.com/2009/07/light-dark-ember-between.html

  6. I’m always looking for good short story collections. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.

  7. I am about halfway through this. Been reading it in between breaks at a conference. I’m not a huge fan of short stories but this collection has been interesting. So far, I’m really enjoying it.

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