Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Book Review: Winter at a Summer House by Mary Beth Hines


In this beautiful debut collection, award-winning poet Mary Beth Hines creates a rhythm of life set to stunning imagery. Broken down into six sections, Winter at a Summer House brings the reader from infancy through adulthood--a world filled with first words, family, romance, and a multitude of life experiences.

I'm sure part of why this collection spoke to me is because nature and water imagery fill its pages. From "Scarborough Sail" to "Before the Blizzard" and a unique offering told from the perspective of an alligator, each poem drew me in deeper until I polished off the last poem that gives this collection its name. That last one was so moving and so beautiful that I had to read it over again. Other favorites of mine from this collection are "First Words" and "Honeymoon." 

The cover art, designed by Hines's sister, catches the eye since you have the summer house by the shore with a woman walking back into shore while looking out at herself floating. 

If you love moving poetry that will stir up all kinds of emotions, pick up a copy of Winter at a Summer House today.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kelsay Books (November 4, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 102 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 163980045X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639800452
  • Purchase from Amazon

  • I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Thank you so much for being on this blog tour.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for asking me. This is a great collection.